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Revised Code of Practice equips Members with tools to meet sustainability challenge

IMCA has revised its Code of Practice on Environmental Sustainability. Acknowledging the pressing need for action by the offshore industry, and an even stronger focus from Members on biodiversity loss, sustainability, and the environment, the document has been reclassified to a Code of Practice. This means that IMCA expects the highest level of compliance from its Members on its contents. The first revision since its initial launch three years ago, the new document reflects a rapidly shifting landscape with recently introduced legal requirements such as the Corporate Sustainability Reporting Directive (CSRD) now featured. The CSRD requires European Listed companies and

Circular Economy principles support Members on their sustainability journey

New Guidance from IMCA on the Circular Economy (CE), Practical guidance to implement the circular economy principles (IMCA ES003), supports Members to take their first steps in Circularity – key to making positive progress on sustainability. According to the World Economic Forum (WEF) only 9% of raw extracted materials are reused, with nearly two-thirds (62%) of global Greenhouse Gasses produced during their extraction. Worldwide consumption of raw materials has tripled since 1970 and is set to double again in the next 25 years. The Circular Economy aims to reassess our use of all types of products so that they do

Preserving our ocean’s ecosystems

Invasive species are organisms that spread to areas outside their native range posing a threat to native flora and fauna and are seen as a major cause behind the global decline in biodiversity. Marine invasive species can negatively impact ecosystems in several ways. They can: Eat or parasitise often defenceless native species which in some cases, can lead to their extinction. Outcompete native species for food, light, or spawning sites and, if left unchecked, can dominate habitats and smother native species. Bring new diseases and alter habitats. Trigger ecosystem change. Cause negative economic impacts. Green Crab (Wikimedia) IMCA Contact Mary

IMO’s Hong Kong Ship Recycling Convention will finally enter into force 14 years after adoption

A landmark moment at the International Maritime Organization (IMO) as conditions for the entry into force of the Hong Kong International Convention for the Safe and Environmentally Sound Recycling of Ships (the ‘Hong Kong Convention’) have been met which ensure new approaches on ship recycling. The Hong Kong Convention was adopted at a diplomatic conference, attended by delegates from 63 countries, held in Hong Kong, China, from 11 to 15 May 2009, but it has taken 14 years for it to be ratified, the necessary legal process to trigger entry into force. With the ratification of the Convention by Bangladesh

ADNOC, Heerema, and MMA Offshore win IMCA Awards

The winners of the IMCA Awards, which showcase inspirational offshore safety and sustainability projects, were announced to the audience at the IMCA Safety Seminar in Amsterdam on Tuesday 6 June. Projects by ADNOC, MMA Offshore, Heerema Marine Contractors and P&O Maritime Logistics were recognised for their positive impact. IMCA Contact Iain Grainger CEO Contact Error: Contact form not found. Safety The judges selected both ADNOC and MMA Offshore who were announced as joint winners. Mohamed Ahmed Al Maflahi (ADNOC). ADNOC’s Smart Vessels project saw it implement next-generation AI-systems on more than 80 offshore vessels operating across six ports in the

IMCA Awards: Showcasing Safety and Sustainability best-practice

Showcasing positive, inspirational, and impactful initiatives in Safety and Environmental Sustainability from across its membership base, the winners of IMCA’s Awards 2022 will be announced at our forthcoming Safety Seminar which takes place in Amsterdam on 6 June 2023. The shortlisted entries are as follows… IMCA Contact Allen Leatt Chief Executive Contact Error: Contact form not found. Safety: ADNOC – Smart Safety Vessels – Implementing next-generation AI systems on more than 80 offshore vessels operating across six ports in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Global Gases – Behavioural Safety campaign – A series of tools, campaigns, competitions, and communication activity

IMCA joins Center for Zero Carbon Shipping

IMCA has joined The Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller Center for Zero Carbon Shipping as a Mission Ambassador. The World’s 100,000 commercial vessels consume around 300 million tons of fuel every year making shipping accountable for around 3% of global carbon emissions. The not-for-profit, independent research and development organisation exists to accelerate the sustainable transition towards a Net Zero future for the maritime industry through collaboration, applied research, and regulatory reform. As a Mission Ambassador, IMCA will share insights, knowledge, and research from the marine contracting industry with the Center and input into its research and work programme. Commenting on the news,

IMCA appoints environmental sustainability lead

We are pleased to welcome a new environmental sustainability lead, Mary Ntamark.Mary began her career in the oil and gas industry developing, implementing, and managing environmental management programmes on sites across the globe for projects in Angola, Egypt, Turkey, the Middle East and the UK. Most recently she has been involved in the development and application of net zero sustainability strategies and the application ESG frameworks on major projects in the UK. As well as oil and gas, Mary has a wealth of environmental project management experience gained across the construction, rail, aviation and landscape industries, including the Front End

IMCA’s Safety and Environmental Sustainability Awards

Nominations for two highly sought after International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) awards opened today [date]. The first, the IMCA Safety Award, re-enforces the message that safety lies at the heart of all that the association does for its members and the industries they serve. The second the IMCA Environmental Sustainability Award reflect the steps that IMCA members are taking on this front, using the IMCA Code of Practice on Environmental Sustainability as their guide. The criteria for both awards and submission information available online. All entries should be submitted via email to [email protected] by 31 January 2023. The Awards will be presented

How to enter IMCA 2022 Awards

Nominations are now being accepted for the International Marine Contractors Association’s (IMCA) 2022 Awards programme presenting an opportunity to showcase our Member company initiatives in the key areas of Safety and Environmental Sustainability. These awards are open to all member companies irrespective of category of membership, length of membership, size of company, geographic location – share your initiatives to showcase your work. The Environmental Sustainability Award will be assessed on advancing environmental sustainability in areas such as the scale of environmental benefit; innovation; commitment of the workforce; social and economic benefits; quantification of the improvements; and the possibilities for future

Environmental Sustainability – IMCA’s focus continues

The International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) published its Code of Practice for Environmental Sustainability in May 2021. Following research amongst members, focused working groups are being established to speedily drive forward preparation of guidance on key elements such as the circular economy, supply chain engagement, life below water, and environmental performance factors to enable members to move forward with their organisation’s Environmental Sustainability Performance. The Code, created by the global experts on IMCA’s Environmental Sustainability Committee, sets expectations for the marine contracting industry in managing key environmental and climate topics. Following a successful launch and engagement process the Code was

Moving from principle to practice

The International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) has launched a new online self-assessment tool to enable Members to track their progress against Environmental Sustainability expectations in their Recommended Code of Practice launched last year. The tool, which has been developed for IMCA Members’ internal use, presents their self-assessment score and, once sufficient submissions have been made by other IMCA Members, a comparison with other users’ outcomes is given. Nadine Robinson, IMCA’s Technical Adviser for Environmental Sustainability explained: “The online self-assessment tool enables us, individually and collectively, to reflect on how IMCA Member companies and we, as the offshore marine contracting industry,

Podcast – Reflecting on COP26

Nadine Robinson, Technical Adviser for Environmental Sustainability, reflects on key moments from COP26, their correlation to IMCA’s Recommended Code of Practice for Environmental Sustainability, and next steps for the Marine Contracting industry. “Whilst biodiversity and climate change are largely treated through separate multi-lateral environmental agreements, the formal recognition of the interface was an important one, and one which IMCA Members also recognised when developing IMCA’s Recommended Code of Practice on Environmental Sustainability.” IMCA Contact Nadine Robinson Technical Adviser – Environmental Sustainability Contact Error: Contact form not found. You can find out more about IMCA’s Recommended Code of Practice on Environmental

IMCA shortlisted for edie’s Sustainability Leaders Awards 2022

The International Marine Contractors Association’s (IMCA) Environmental Sustainability Committee (ESC) has made the shortlist for ‘Team of the year’ at edie’s 15th annual Sustainability Leaders Awards. Championing climate leadership, the awards scheme celebrates the people, projects and partnerships that are transforming business. The “Team of the year” accolade will be awarded to the in-house sustainability/energy team that has delivered tangible environmental improvements, displaying effective and dynamic teamwork, strong values and innovative approaches to achieve success. This nomination recognises IMCA’s ESC’s contribution, as a geographically-dispersed dynamic team, to improving performance in environmental sustainability in the offshore energy sector by developing the

IMCA Expands its Diving Expertise

The International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) is pleased to announce that Bill Chilton has joined the team as Technical Adviser – Diving. Bill has 25 years of experience in the commercial diving industry. He joins IMCA having worked at the UK Health & Safety Executive (HSE) for 12 years as a Diving Specialist Inspector regulating the safety of divers working in the offshore energy and other sectors of the diving industry. At the HSE Bill also worked as a decommissioning specialist when he was seconded for a period to the decommissioning team.  Prior to his time at the HSE, Bill

IMCA Launches 2021 Awards Nominations

Nominations are now being accepted for the International Marine Contractors Association’s (IMCA) 2021 Awards programme presenting an opportunity to showcase our Member company initiatives in the key areas of Safety and Environmental Sustainability. Allen Leatt, Chief Executive explains: “Since launching our awards programme in 2018 we have received entries showcasing a wide range of initiatives and I look forward to seeing this year’s submissions. 2021 has brought new challenges and our Members continue to rise to those challenges by generating new solutions.” The Judging Panel comprises two representatives from the IMCA Board of Directors, the Chairman or Vice Chairman of

IMCA Sponsors Sat Divers in Ultimate Endurance Challenge

The International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) is supporting The Bubbleheads, a team of four divers, as they embark on a major challenge to row across the Atlantic Ocean from La Gomera in the Canary Isles to Antigua in the Caribbean in the 3,000-mile Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge 2021 to raise money for the Wessex Cancer Trust and the British Legion. IMCA has long supported deep sea saturation divers and their work, providing guidance to ensure safe operations. Allen Leatt, IMCA Chief Executive stated We fully respect and support the worthy charitable background and nature of this endeavour. “As long-serving saturation

IMCA Speaking on Diving and Environmental Sustainability at NUI in Bergen

The International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) will be updating delegates at The Bergen International Diving Seminar, taking place 9-10 November on diving activities and on fulfilling environmental sustainability expectations.    On Day 1, Bryan McGlinchy, IMCA’s Diving Manager will be talking about the changes and expansion of the IMCA diving technical team and explaining the ongoing technical support to members as well as describing progress by the association since 2018 (when the last event was held). This embraces the revision work on the DESIGN suite of documents, the development of and the introduction of Accredited Diving System Inspector (ADSI) scheme and the work on the revision of the IMO Diving System Code, together with the routine work of revising IMCA’s library of diving guidance.  Technical Adviser – Diving, Peter Sieniewicz, will then speak about the introduction of the

The IEA World Energy Outlook 2021 – Putting the energy sector at the heart of climate solution

The IEA’s flagship publication is always worth a read, and – here is Nadine Robinson, IMCA’s Technical Adviser for Environmental Sustainability’s summary.   Coined by IEA as a guidebook for COP26, the IEA’s World Energy Outlook 2021 highlights the energy sector’s responsibility for nearly three-quarters of emissions causing climate change. Despite positive rapid growth in renewable energy sources in 2020, 2021 has seen the second largest annual increase in CO2 emissions in history. The IEA’s flagship publication explores key scenarios to garner insights (not predictions) of the future. It details three key scenarios, the first being the Net Zero by 2050 Scenario (NZE) where the global energy sector achieves net zero by 2050; the second Announced

IMCA announces impressive line-up of industry experts for its Environmental Sustainability

The International Marine Contractors Association’s (IMCA) Environmental Sustainability Committee has announced the full programme for an online technical and motivational seminar taking place on 28 September. Guest speakers from KPMG and the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures, Getting to Zero Coalition of the Global Maritime Forum, Basque Centre for Climate Change, Open Ocean Robotics, Vard Engineering and Duke University, are confirmed to present alongside members of IMCA’s Environmental Sustainability Committee. IMCA Contact Bryan McGlinchy Diving Consultant Contact Error: Contact form not found. IMCA Contact Peter Sieniewicz Technical Adviser – Diving Contact Error: Contact form not found. The event will