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IMCA to Hold HSSE Seminar in Amsterdam in November

Senior managers and QHSE professionals from all organisations involved in the offshore marine contracting industry will be gathering in Amsterdam (Park Plaza Hotel, Schiphol) on 19 and 20 November for the International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) Health, Safety & Environment Seminar, which will consider sustainability from an environmental, health and safety perspective.   Split over two days and starting with a welcome lunch on Day One and finishing with lunch on Day Two, the Seminar, with its theme ‘Shaping a sustainable future’ will provide an opportunity for IMCA members and guests to participate in an industry forum with clear aims.

Nominations Open for IMCA Annual Awards

Nominations are now being accepted for the International Marine Contractors Association’s (IMCA) Environmental Sustainability and Safety Annual Awards. As Allen Leatt, Chief Executive explains: “Following the success of the inaugural awards in 2018 when TechnipFMC’s Marine Operation Services won the Environmental Sustainability Award for the ‘very positive steps undertaken by crews to eliminate use of single-use plastics under T-MOS’s Plastics Reduction Plan; and the Safety Award was won jointly by MMA Offshore for its strategy and plans on ‘Target 365: A perfect day every day’ and Subsea 7 for ‘Driving IMCA’s Resilience Awareness Programme’, we are now running our awards

What will power shipping in 2050?

Eleni Antoniadou, Policy & Regulatory Affairs Adviser at the International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) was one of 19 experts asked by KNect365 Maritime “What will power shipping in 2050?” The answers appear on Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook. This followed a previous blog post last year on shipping companies’ potential to ‘go green’ to which Eleni also contributed. “I was delighted to be asked to contribute to both KNect365 Maritime articles and make predictions on which alternative fuel would see the largest growth by 2050. A paper published last year from Dr Nishatabbas Rehmatulla of University College London Energy Institute provided

IMCA welcomes news of the Ballast Water Management Convention

The International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) welcomes the news that the Ballast Water Management (BWM) Convention enters into force on 8 September 2017, and has produced a 12-point information sheet on the Convention for its members. The BWM Convention aims to stop the spread of potentially invasive aquatic species in ships’ ballast water. It was Finland’s accession on 8 September this year that triggered the entry into force of the Convention in a year’s time. Under the Convention’s terms, ships will be required to manage their ballast water to remove, render harmless, or avoid the uptake or discharge of aquatic

Annual safety and environmental statistics analysis underway at IMCA

Each year the International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) carries out a safety and environmental survey of its contractor members. Contractor member companies that have not already submitted their statistics for 2015 to IMCA are urged to do so with speed, for work is now underway to analyse the statistics and determine both safety and environmental trends. Safety statistics have been gathered since 1997 and the environmental aspect of the survey was introduced in 2013. Revisiting the 2014 statistics The 2014 figures safety statistics drawn from 264 IMCA contractor members and based upon 798 million man-hours of work overall (558 million

IMCA publishes annual safety and environmental statistics

The International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) has published its annual safety and environmental statistics. Drawn from 264 IMCA contractor members and based upon 798 million man-hours of work overall (558 million man-hours relating to offshore work) the 2014 dataset shows that the overall ‘flat line’ tendency in lagging safety indicators has continued in the longer term. “Direct causes of Lost Time Injuries (LTIs) continue to be the ‘usual candidates’ – with struck by moving/falling objects the highest accounting for 110 incidents (26%); falls on the same level (including slips and trips) in second place with 88 incidents 21%) and struck

Understanding biodegradable lubricants

A question often heard in offshore and marine circles is”What is a green oil?” That leads on to”What is an oil spill?” Following a successful workshop on the subject at the International Marine Contractors Association’s (IMCA) Annual Seminar in 2012, a new publication ‘Understanding Biodegradable Lubricants: An Introduction to ‘Green’ Oil in Hydraulic Systems Offshore’ (IMCA R 019) is now available to help answer these questions, and alleviate some of the confusion. “A number of contributors have helped to compile our new publication,” explains IMCA’s Technical Director, Jane Bugler.”It is not intended to be wholly definitive and the reader will