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IMCA Diving Experience Enhanced

The International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) is pleased to announce that Phil Towers has joined the team as Technical Adviser – Diving. Phil Towers has extensive experience in the subsea construction industry having held diving roles with operators BP, ExxonMobil, Qatargas and Repsol Sinopec. A major part of his career was spent with what is now known as TechnipFMC as a discipline expert in their Diving and Operations Support Group, sharing project information and lessons learned, providing assurance to clients in the safe planning and best practice execution of projects. Phil was a working diver for 18 years working on

IMCA in the Asia-Pacific Region

IMCA is pleased to announce that Darren Brunton will be assisting the Association’s member and client engagement programme in Asia-Pacific from January 2020. This builds upon the success of a network of highly experienced oilfield executives assisting IMCA on a part-time basis by engaging with oil companies, wind energy companies, and member companies in North America, Europe & Africa, and the Middle East and India regions. Darren knows IMCA extremely well by virtue of his close contact with various committees of the Association. In particular, his contribution over the years to the Diving Division Management Committee. Allen Leatt, IMCA CEO,

IMCA Diving Technical Team Expanded

Ali Macleod has joined the International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) as Technical Adviser – Diving, having spent over six months with the association as Diving Training Provider Auditor. Prior to this he was the Diver Training Manager at The Underwater Centre in Fort William for over 20 years. IMCA’s Diving Manager, Bryan McGlinchy stated: “We are delighted to welcome Ali to the technical team. He has a passion and a reputation in the diving industry for delivering high quality training to members of the diving community. “He is a qualified Air and Closed bell Diver, a Dive Supervisor and highly

IMCA Appoints Electrical Specialist To Technical Team

Reza Yaghoobi has joined the International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) as Technical Adviser – Marine specialising in DP electrical, control and automation. He has joined the global trade association from London Energy where he was Electrical and Instrumentation Engineering Manager. He has previously worked for Berry Plastics Corporation, GNEC, Braemar Shipping and Monenco. Mark Ford, Technical Director, IMCA stated “We are delighted to welcome Reza to the technical team he is IMCA’s first Technical Adviser with specialist electrical knowledge. His career spans three decades and includes experience working both onshore and offshore in the renewables, conventional and worldwide energy industries.

IMCA Appoints Andy Seymour of Fugro to its Board

The International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) is pleased to confirm the appointment of Andy Seymour, to its Governing Board. Mr Seymour is the Global Director Operational Excellence at Fugro NV based in The Netherlands. He has a strong technical background coupled with financial, commercial and management expertise. Andy started his career at Fugro as a field surveyor progressing to shore based management positions including country manager and regional director. In 2018 he moved into a corporate role as deputy division director and in 2019 was appointed into his current roles as Global Director Operational Excellence. He holds a first-class honours

IMCA’s Technical Director Awarded an IIMS Blue Water Award

Mark Ford , Technical Director of the International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) was caught by surprise when he was recently awarded an IIMS (International Institute of Marine Surveying) Blue Water Award at the IIMS London 2019 Conference Dinner held at 10/11 Carlton House Terrace in central London Mike Schwarz, CEO of IIMS quotes from his speech on the night: “…….Talking about having good people around us, I am also reminded that we have some brilliant partners who we work with and they with us. One of our key partners who we have developed a solid relationship with going back five

IMCA Appoints Technical Director

Mark Ford, Technical Manager of the International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA), has been promoted to Technical Director of the global organisation. Mark Ford, IMCA’s new Technical Director “Mark has been with IMCA for the last seven years and knows the Association perhaps better than anybody,” explained IMCA’s CEO, Allen Leatt. “I know therefore that he will do a great job for us in driving our technical programme, which continues to grow in scope and detail. Mark Ford joined the IMCA Secretariat in 2012 from Charles Taylor Consulting, where he worked as a senior surveyor and divisional director in the safety

IMCA Adds Competence & Training, Remote Systems and ROV Specialist to its Technical Team

Andre Rose joins IMCA as Technical Adviser The International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) has announced the appointment of Andre Rose as Technical Adviser – Competence & Training, Remote Systems and ROV. Andre has spent most of the last 18 years working in the ROV industry. This has included time as a Pilot/Technician, Superintendent, ROV Manager and Client Representative. He has a background with the Royal Navy, where he spent 19 years in its Fleet Air Arm working with rotary and fixed wing aircraft. Initially, he completed an apprenticeship in aircraft mechanical engineering, before being trained as an avionics engineer.  When he

IMCA Adds Competence & Training, Remote Systems and ROV Specialist to its Technical Team

Andre Rose joins IMCA as Technical Adviser The International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) has announced the appointment of Andre Rose as Technical Adviser – Competence & Training, Remote Systems and ROV. Andre has spent most of the last 18 years working in the ROV industry. This has included time as a Pilot/Technician, Superintendent, ROV Manager and Client Representative. He has a background with the Royal Navy, where he spent 19 years in its Fleet Air Arm working with rotary and fixed wing aircraft. Initially, he completed an apprenticeship in aircraft mechanical engineering, before being trained as an avionics engineer.  When he

IMCA Appoints Head of Policy & Regulatory Affairs

Maritime lawyer joins the IMCA Secretariat The International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) has appointed Margaret Fitzgerald as its Head of Policy & Regulatory Affairs. She will represent the Association on all regulatory matters and lead its involvement with the International Maritime Organization (IMO), where IMCA holds non-governmental observer status. Margaret has over 20 years’ experience in shipping. She previously worked for the IMO Secretariat, leading on the development of the International Maritime Dangerous Goods Code and related regulations on the carriage of hazardous chemicals and noxious and polluting substances, including the HNS Convention. She subsequently worked for a member of

IMCA adds to its experienced diving technical team

The International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) has announced the appointment of Alan Melia as Technical Adviser – Diving. As a member of IMCA’s highly experienced Diving Division team, he will advise on all aspects of how diving operations can be carried out safely and efficiently. Alan has nearly 40 years’ experience in the diving industry. He joins IMCA from Vertech Integrity Services, where he was the Global Diving Manager. Alan has held similar senior diving roles with Stork Technical Services and RBG. He also has experience of developing the diving safety management system of a start-up diving contractor to the

IMCA announces strategic appointment in the USA

The International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) has announced that Bruce Gresham has been appointed as director for client engagement in the USA, in a part-time consulting role. He will be supporting the Association in developing and expanding its engagement with oil companies and the broader industry in the United States. Mr Gresham has over 30 years’ experience in the offshore construction industry. He joined Heerema Marine Contractors in 1985 and held a wide range of executive roles in developing the company’s successful market presence in North America. He retired in 2017 and is retained as an adviser. Bruce is the

IMCA appoints Helix Well Ops executive to its Board

Steve Sheppard joins IMCA Governing Board The International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) is pleased to confirm the appointment of Stephen Sheppard to its Governing Board. Mr Sheppard is the Diving Manager at Helix Well Ops (U.K.) Ltd, which has been a strong supporter of IMCA over many years. He has extensive industry experience in diving operations and is known as an industry expert in diving health and medical issues. He is an honours graduate from Aberdeen University with a degree in Physiology. Allen Leatt, IMCA’s CEO said: “We are very pleased to have Steve on our Board. Steve knows IMCA

Looking back to drive IMCA forward

IMCA Chief Executive Allen Leatt speaks to the Offshore Support Journal (December 2017) on the impact of the current oil price on the wider industry, IMCA and its planned strategic direction. Read the full article below (page 47):

IMCA MEI Business Development Adviser receives Life Time Achievement Award

The International Marine Contractors Association’s (IMCA) Capt Chris Rodricks has been awarded a prestigious Life Time Achievement Award at the Indywood Maritime Excellence Awards. Chris, recently appointed as IMCA’s business development adviser for the Middle East & India, was presented with the honour by the principal guest at the event Mohammed Ibrahim Alqahthani of Saudi Aramco. Mohammed Ibrahim Alqahthani presents the award to Chris Rodricks The Indywood Maritime Excellence Awards are organised in association with the International Maritime Club and are designed to recognise and facilitate efforts made by maritime organisations and personalities towards the development of their sector. IMCA’s

Changes to IMCA IT Services Team

IMCA has appointed Adam Hugo as its new IT Services Supervisor & System Developer. In this role, he is responsible for the support and continuous improvement of a variety of services, including: the secretariat IT network; SharePoint sites used by committees and workgroups; and the eCMID vessel inspection system. The developer aspect of the role encompasses our website, with new features in the pipeline, expanded use of SharePoint functionality; making more efficient use of IMCA data; and liaising with the external eCMID development team. Adam previously worked for IMCA from 1998 to 2010, mainly in the role of Support Services

New Head of Communications at IMCA

Achilleas Georgiou has been appointed Head of Communications at the International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) and joined the association on 27 November. “I am delighted to welcome Achilleas to IMCA,” said Allen Leatt, IMCA’s Chief Executive. “He will report to me and use his wealth of experience and proven track record of success in managing communications in the marine contracting and related industries to help raise IMCA’s profile. This will enable us to influence and shape the marine energy industry, and thus become a leading voice for our members – offshore, marine and underwater engineering contractors in more than 60

Middle East & India appointment made by IMCA

Chris Rodricks has been appointed in a business development role for the International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) in their Middle East & India Region. “Chris is well known to IMCA and its members, having been Chairman of our Middle East & India Region for the past six years, until his retirement as Managing Director of Seamec earlier this year,” explains IMCA’s Chief Executive, Allen Leatt. “He is a Master Mariner by professional background, and has had a long and distinguished career in operational and management roles with leading industry names such as India Steamship, Essar Shipping, GAL Offshore, Seabulk Offshore;

Strategic Appointment Made by IMCA

The International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) has announced that David Bloom has been appointed as director for client engagement. He will be supporting the Association in developing and expanding its engagement with oil companies and the broader industry. “I am delighted to be welcoming David Bloom to IMCA. He is an exceptionally well-known and respected business development executive within the oil and gas industry,” explains IMCA’s CEO Allen Leatt. “During our strategic review earlier this year we recognised the engagement of our members’ clients as an important area to develop further. David has all the credentials to build those channels