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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

IMCA Announces New President

In accordance with its constitution, the International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) announces that Bruno Faure (TechnipFMC), having completed his two-year term of office, has stepped down as President of IMCA; he remains on the Board of the association. Harke Jan Meek , Chief Commercial Officer at Heerema Marine Contractors, now becomes IMCA’s new President and Chairman of the Board, and Iain Grainger, Vice President Commercial at McDermott International Inc. becomes the new IMCA Vice President. In addition, well known industry executive Frits Janmaat, who has been a Council member of IMCA since its formation in 1995, has stepped down from

Fugro Director Joins IMCA’s Board

The International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) is pleased to confirm the appointment of Mr Mark Heine to its governing board. Mr Heine is a senior executive with Fugro, which has been a strong supporter of the Association for many years. Mr Heine is a member of the Management Board of Fugro and is the Director of the Marine Division. He has been with Fugro since 2000, and has served, amongst others roles as Director of Marine, Survey & Geotech, and Regional Manager Europe-Africa for the Survey Division. He holds an MSc in Geodetic Engineering from Delft University of Technology. “The

Surfing the industry – IMCA CEO featured in Offshore Engineer

IMCA’s Chief Executive, Allen Leatt, was recently interviewed for Offshore Engineer magazine, where he discussed his career, the industry’s own evolution and the challenges and opportunities for its future. Read the article at

IMCA Appoints Policy and Regulatory Affairs Manager

Strengthening its policy and regulatory affairs team, the International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) has appointedJohn Bradshaw as Policy and Regulatory Affairs Manager to lead on worldwide policy and legislative issues, with responsibility for developing and delivering the international trade association’s policy and regulatory strategy, including representing members with regulators and other third parties. John joined the IMCA Secretariat as one of its strong team of Technical Advisers in early Autumn 2015. This followed four years at Lloyd’s Register as Principal Technical Specialist and a career at sea. He has a strong track record as a specialist in the field of

New Technical Adviser Appointed at IMCA

John Bradshaw has joined the technical team at the International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) as a Technical Adviser. Eight Technical Advisers work with the Association’s Technical Director, Technical Manager and technical committees from the global membership formulating IMCA’s work programme and developing guidance documents and reports aimed at increasing safety and efficiency within the industry. John joins from Lloyd’s Register where initially in 2011 he was Lead Technical Specialist, and from April 2014 took on the role of Principal Technical Specialist, developing rules and regulations for the safe construction and classification of ships and providing engineering consulting services. During his

IMCA Names New Chief Executive

The International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) has appointed Allen Leatt as Chief Executive. He will be joining on 1 October 2015 from Subsea 7 where he has been Senior VP for Engineering and Project Management. Looking forward to joining IMCA with its thousand-plus member companies in over 60 countries at a challenging time for the industry, Allen said he is”delighted to be joining IMCA and determined to strengthen and build upon the organisation’s special position in the marine contracting industry”. Allen has over 30 years’ international experience in the marine contracting business with leading companies including Subsea 7, Acergy and

New Technical Director Appointed for IMCA

Richard Benzie has been appointed Technical Director of the International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) to replace Jane Bugler who retires at the end of this month (September 2015) after 18 years in the role. He will join IMCA in the near future. “More than any other individual past or present, Jane’s name is synonymous with the IMCA brand and the objectives of the association. Replacing Jane is therefore a big challenge, but one that I relish.” says Richard.”In these testing times for our industry I am delighted to be joining an organisation I know well, whose track record I respect,

Successful IMCA Introduction for Singapore’s Denis Welch

Denis Welch was appointed the International Marine Contractors Association’s (IMCA) Regional Director for Asia-Pacific in Autumn 2014 to ensure that the association has an increasingly active presence in this key offshore oil and gas areas of the world, an area where nearly 25% of IMCA member companies are based. He looks back over the period since his appointment was publicly announced at IMCA’s Annual Seminar in London in late November 2014: “I’m a fully paid-up member of the Asian marine community which is centred on Singapore – my home for the past nine years. I was privileged to be offered

New President for IMCA

Bruno Faure, Group Senior Vice President Subsea Projects and Operations at Technip, a world leader in project management, engineering and construction for the energy industry, has taken over the role of President of the International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA), the association representing the interests of over a thousand offshore, marine and underwater engineering companies in more than 60 countries. In addition to becoming President of IMCA, having served as Vice President of IMCA since September 2014, he also becomes Chairman of the association’s Overall Management Committee (OMC). “We welcome Bruno as our President and OMC Chairman for the next two

Two key positions to be filled at IMCA

The International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) is advertising for two key positions – a Chief Executive Officer, and a Technical Director. Recruitment is now underway with CurzonTrinitas Ltd and details of both roles, necessary qualifications and how to apply can be found on the IMCA website at IMCA is the international trade association representing companies and organisations engaged in delivering offshore, marine and underwater solutions, and has over a thousand members in more than 60 countries. Its core purpose is improving performance in the marine contracting industry by championing better regulation and enhancing operational integrity The association has four

Management change within IMCA secretariat

IMCA’s Chief Executive, Chris Charman, has stepped down, with immediate effect (as from 1 May). Jane Bugler has become Acting Chief Executive, thus ensuring that IMCA is in very safe hands. A new Chief Executive will be sought to take IMCA forward and continue to deliver ever more support for our 1,000+ members in over 60 countries. In announcing his decision, Chris Charman has asked that all members and members of committees receive this message: “Now that the changes implemented inside IMCA are well under way and gathering pace, by mutual consent I am standing down, leaving the way forward

IMCA Appoints New Marine Technical Adviser

Andy Goldsmith has joined the International Marine Contractors Association as Technical Adviser Marine, with particular responsibilities for DP (dynamic positioning). “With 17 years on a range of DP vessels under his belt, and as a long-time user of IMCA guidance, Andy is an ideal addition to our busy and highly qualified technical team working with our Technical Director, Jane Bugler,” says IMCA’s Chief Executive, Chris Charman. Andy’s career began with Texaco Overseas Tankship at 16. He completed a four-year cadetship, qualifying as a Third Mate, and during his ten years with the company obtained a class 2 Chief Mate certificate.

IMCA's regional director an observer to SSA Offshore Services Committee

Denis Welch, the recently appointed Regional Director Asia-Pacific of the International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA), has been invited to serve as an Observer in the meetings of the Singapore Shipping Association’s (SSA) Offshore Services Committee (2013/2015). “We are delighted to hear this news so soon after Denis’s appointment,” says IMCA’s Chief Executive, Chris Charman. “As I said when announcing his new role on behalf of IMCA, it makes extremely sound sense to have someone who is well respected and knowledgeable on the ground in the region, and the invitation from SSA’s Executive Officer, Siti Noraini Zaini, helps to confirm the

IMCA Makes Key Appointments in Asia and Australia & New Zealand

Two regional directors appointed by the International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) ensure that the association has an increasingly active presence in two key offshore oil and gas areas of the world – Asia, and Australia & New Zealand. Chris Charman, Chief Executive of IMCA, announced at last week’s IMCA Annual Seminar in London that Denis Welch had been appointed Regional Director for Asia-Pacific; and Andy Bolton has taken up a similar position in Australia & New Zealand. IMCA plans to appoint a third Regional Director in Houston, USA. “Some 50% of our global membership of 1,045 companies in over 60

New technical adviser joins strong IMCA Technical Team

Chris Baldwin is the newest member of the International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) Secretariat. He has joined the Team as a Technical Adviser following a short secondment from the Royal Navy. The association has a strong team of eight Technical Advisers working with Jane Bugler, IMCA’s Technical Director. Chris has spent 29 years in the Royal Navy and most recently held a position in the UK MoD’s Defence Safety and Environment Authority, as the Diving Regulator and Superintendent of Diving. His career has encompassed a range of Warfare Officer (which equates to Seaman or Deck Officer in the merchant marine)

Jane Bugler to speak at Canadian Underwater Conference

Jane Bugler, Technical Director of the International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) will be speaking on ‘IMCA Offshore – Changes to Guidance’ at the 2014 Canadian Underwater Conference and Exhibition with its theme ‘Man and Machine Underwater’, being held in Toronto on 6-8 April 2014. “I will be covering our most recent Diving Division guidance documents, all of them designed to aid risk management and to ensure maximum efficiency and levels of safety,” she explains.”First on the agenda will be hyperbaric evacuation. “Although IMCA D 024 – ‘DESIGN (Diving Equipment Systems Inspection Guidance Note) for saturation (bell) diving systems’ contained a

Spotlight on Carl Annessa

In the ‘Spotlight’ section of the September issue of our newsletter, Making Waves, we interviewed Carl Annessa, a current member of the IMCA Marine Division Committee and the Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Hornbeck Offshore Services Inc. Here is the excellent interview in its entirety, in which Carl discusses his role at Hornbeck Offshore Services Inc., the future of our industry, the regulation of it, and the people who make it ‘go’. Please tell us about your company and what it does Hornbeck Offshore Services, Inc. is a leading provider of marine transportation services to exploration and

Jane Bugler speaking at NUI Diving Seminar

Jane Bugler, Technical Director of the International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) is to speak on ‘Learning from diving statistics and incident reporting – an IMCA perspective’ in the ‘Global Picture of Diving’ opening session at the Bergen International Diving Seminar 2013 being held in Bergen, Norway on 20-21 November. The seminar is organised by NUI AS in co-operation with Statoil, ExxonMobil and Gassco and is the only event of its kind in Norway. Held since 1988 it attracts delegates from all parts of the diving industry, research communities and relevant authorities from home and overseas. “Incident reporting is a key