Published on 20 June 2023
On Monday 12 June, IMCA hosted a delegation of officials from the Taiwanese government.
The group, made up of maritime safety experts and representatives working in offshore wind, joined Iain Grainger, IMCA CEO and Rhys Jones, Technical Adviser – Maritime, for a tour of the joint response unit of HM Coastguard in Fareham, Hampshire, UK.
As well as a guided tour of the facility and its impressive command centre – which coordinates the coastguard’s response to emergencies across the South East of England overseeing between 2,000 and 5,000 vessels a day – the delegation also heard from Pete Lawson, Offshore Energy Lead of HM Coastguard, on recent safety incidents relating to offshore wind.
From IMCA, Rhys Jones spoke on safety from an industry perspective, how the offshore sector approaches the issue, as well as the importance of cross sector collaboration to improving safety performance.
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Commenting on the IMCA organised day, Rhys said: “We’re delighted to have welcomed the delegation and to have been able to demonstrate the importance of safety at sea in a very real way through the tour of the hugely impressive response unit.”
“Our thanks to HM Coastguard for hosting IMCA and the group, and for sharing the great work they’re doing in the UK.”
Iain Grainger, IMCA CEO, presented to delegates on our activity in the area to date, including our dedicated China Sea focal group, and shared how IMCA is working with regulators, safety bodies, and coastguards across the globe to collaborate on safety standards and procedures.
Iain Grainger said: “Visits like these are vital to sharing best practice learned from decades of experience in improving offshore safety and demonstrates the key role IMCA can play in facilitating the improvement of standards and approaches across the globe.”
The next meeting of IMCA’s China Sea focal group takes place online in August. Please contact Rhys Jones if you, or your company would like to be involved.