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Sunday, May 19, 2019

International Marine Contractors Association News

Gresham to Support IMCA in the US

The International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) has appointed Bruce Gresham as director for client engagement in the U.S., in a part-time consulting role. He will support the association in developing and expanding its engagement with oil companies and the broader industry in the U.S.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.

Iain Grainger (Photo: IMCA)

Grainger Named IMCA President and Chairman

Trade association International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) announced that Iain Grainger is its new President and Chairman of the Board. Grainger, Vice President Commercial at McDermott, takes over from Harke Jan Meek.Pieter Heerema from Allseas becomes the new Vice President.

Eleni Antoniadou on ILO’s ‘blue carpet’ with dates going back to the establishment of the organization (Photo: ILO)

Discussion: Seafarers' Wages During Piracy

The International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) actively participated, on behalf of the Maritime Employers’ Group, in the International Labor Organization (ILO) working group of the Special Tripartite Committee (STC), established under the Maritime Labor Convention – the international treaty covering minimum working and living standards for seafarers. The working group’s meeting took place in Geneva, Switzerland, from April 3-5, 2017. It brought together more than 150 representatives from governments…

Richard Benzie (Photo: IMCA)

IMCA to Hold Marine Seminar in the Netherlands

‘Practical Vessel Assurance for Safe & Efficient Operations’ is the theme of a two-day Marine Seminar to be held by the International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) on Wednesday 14 and Thursday, June 15, at the Novotel Amsterdam Schiphol. The Seminar will bring together IMCA members and guests eager to listen to presentations on four key topics – ‘Reactivation of DP vessels after a period of layup’; ‘Investigation and analysis of DP station keeping events’; ‘The role maritime bodies play in vessel assurance’…

Richard Benzie (Photo: IMCA)

IMCA Plans Spring Seminar and Workout Program

During 2016 the International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) announced it had changed its seminar strategy, replacing the traditional large annual event with a series of highly focused technical seminars. These proved very successful, and a commitment was made to build on this strategy in 2017. This has resulted in seven events being scheduled for Spring 2017. “Our niche events are tailored to tackle specific topics, bringing together subject matter specialists to discuss solutions to industry issues,” explains Richard Benzie, IMCA’s technical Director.

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IMCA Backs IMO's Emissions Roadmap

The International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) believes that the roadmap adopted by the Marine Environment Protection of IMO (MEPC 70) to develop a comprehensive strategy to reduce greenhouse gases (GHG) emissions globally from shipping provides the right framework for moving forward on this vital issue. According to the agreed timeline, IMO will initiate its decision-making on further measures to tackle the challenge of GHG from shipping in 2022. “We welcomed the unanimous international decision at IMO on this important issue…

Allen Leatt, IMCA’s CEO (Photo: IMCA)

Members Support IMCA's Governance Update

Corporate governance has been a topical subject in the commercial world for many years. Now the association world is catching up. One that has seized it with enthusiasm is the International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) with the result that from New Year’s Day 2017 IMCA will have in place a new legal structure, a new operational structure, and new governance arrangements for running its committee structure. The new legal structure sees the formation of a new holding company limited by guarantee…

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Kongsberg DP Maintenance Refresher Course Meets IMCA Guidelines

Kongsberg Maritime has launched a new Dynamic Positioning (DP) Maintenance Refresher Course for personnel involved in the maintenance of a vessel’s DP System. The new two-day course will be available at KONGSBERG training centers globally and has been developed to provide the technical and refresher training as recommended in the latest International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) guidelines (M117 Rev.2) in addition to compliance with IMO-STCW Part B section B-V/f. The…

IMCA Launches Series of Regulatory Update Bulletins

Today’s regulatory agenda is being increasingly driven by environmental issues. Shipping is under increasing pressure to lower greenhouse gas emissions and to contribute to global efforts to counter anthropogenic climate change. The pressure is unlikely to abate; on the contrary shipping should expect these pressures to increase. The International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA), which has Observer status at the International Maritime Organization (IMO), has therefore launched a series of regular ‘Regulatory Update’ bulletins…

Richard Benzie (Photo: IMCA)

IMCA Welcomes News of BWM Convention

The International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) welcomes the news that the Ballast Water Management (BWM) Convention enters into force on September 8, 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 September 8, this year that triggered the entry into force of the Convention in a year’s time. Under the Convention’s terms…

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IMCA’s New Videos Promote Safe Work Practices

Over a two year period, the International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) will launch 15 short videos promoting safe working practices to complement the existing IMCA pocket cards, which will be revised at the same time. These are designed to cross all cultures, boundaries and backgrounds. All will feature a computer generated blue animated character, the first appearance of which was in IMCA’s ‘In the Line of Fire’ (SEL 036) and ‘Mooring Incidents’ (SEL 038) videos in 2014/2015.

IMCA Announces Two Senior Appointments

Two new representatives from the International Marine Contractors Association’s (IMCA) global contractors have been appointed to IMCA’s Council. Harke Jan Meek is Chief Commercial Officer at Heerema Marine Contractors (HMC). In this capacity Harke is a member of the HMC Board and responsible for the commercial and technology departments. He joined HMC in 2012 in a commercial and business development role for SURF projects, and was appointed as Senior Vice President Commercial in October 2013. He was previously with SBM in Monaco and Jakarta in business development roles.

Atlas Knowledge Secures Safety Contract

Atlas Knowledge has secured a seven-year contract to deliver second generation safety critical training to the UK offshore workforce. The deal reaffirms the Scottish-headquartered company’s position as the provider of the Minimum Industry Safety Training (MIST) online program in the North Sea; with an expected 150,000 workers expected to undertake the training during the term of the contract. MIST was introduced to the North Sea in 2009 to provide all workers travelling offshore with baseline safety awareness in order to reduce the risk of accidents and injury.

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Kongsberg Maritime Launches DP Training Course

Kongsberg Maritime has reported an increase in the number of delegates partaking in its training courses. From 2013 to 2014, delegates rose by 26%; there was also a 36% increase in courses delivered from its training center in Westhill, Aberdeen. Kongsberg Maritime announced the launch of its new Dynamic Positioning (DP) Introduction course, which has been reintroduced in response to new industry guidelines. The DP Introduction course, which follows the recommendations contained in The International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) guidelines…

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IRClass' Expansion in SE Asia Underway

The Indian Register of Shipping (IRClass) is gearing up to expand its activities in Singapore and throughout South East Asia with plans for opening two more offices in the region over the next two years. IRClass, with a diverse portfolio of services across the marine sector, will be hosting the second meeting of its Singapore Advisory Committee on Friday 18 March. The remit of the committee, which is chaired by Denis Welch, Asia-Pacific director of the International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA), is to advise on strategic growth opportunities in The Lion Republic and across the region.

Jane Bugler (Photo: IMCA)

IMCA Publishes Security, Emergency Guidance

The threat to maritime security from piracy, terrorism, criminal acts, and hostage and kidnapping threats continues to pose challenges to ships’ owners, masters and crew members, and has resulted in  the International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) (Booth S16 at OTC) publishing ‘Security Measures and Emergency Response Guidance’ (IMCA SEL 037, IMCA M 226). “Safety is of paramount importance, and our document aims to provide guidance to masters, company and ship security officers and other crew members and staff…

Neil Evans (Photo: IMCA)

Competence in Spotlight at IMCA Meeting

A series of presentations and discussions session on the all-important topic of competence will be held following the International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) Central & North America Section Meeting on 18 June at the Houston Marriott Energy Corridor Hotel. The Competence Seminar, which takes place in the afternoon of 18 June is open to members, potential members and their guests includes a welcome and introduction by Neil Evans, IMCA Technical Adviser and presentations by Katie Hulin of Epic Divers on Establishing a Competence Management System…

Jane Bugler (Photo: IMCA)

IMCA: Marine Roles for Small Workboats

Following a number of incidents involving small workboats operating in the wind farm sector during 2012 and 2013, a need was identified to set out the elements of competence required for crews operating and working on small workboats. ‘Guidance on Competence Assurance and Assessments: Marine Roles for Small Workboats’ (IMCA C 017) has now been published by the International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA). “For the purpose of our new guidance a small workboat is any vessel less than 200 gross tonnes,” explains IMCA’s Technical Director and Acting Chief Executive, Jane Bugler.

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SSC Completes IMCA Surface Supplied Diver Assessment

Four groups with a total of 43 experienced divers from Shanghai Salvage Company (SSC) have completed their IMCA Surface Supplied Diver Assessment. The assessment was conducted from the Shanghai Salvage new DP 2 Diving Support Vessel (DSV) ‘Shen Qian Hao’ while in offshore Shanghai area. The assessments were conducted over a 24-day program from May 14 to June 6, 2015 and carried out in accordance with the International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) document – ‘Competence Assessment of Experienced Surface Supplied Divers’.

John Bradshaw (Photo: IMCA)

IMCA Appoints Bradshaw as Policy and Regualtory Affaris Manager

Strengthening its policy and regulatory affairs team, the International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) has appointed John 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. Bradshaw joined the IMCA Secretariat as one of its strong team of Technical Advisers in early Autumn 2015.

Richard Benzie (Photo: IMCA)

New Guidance on Drug & Alcohol Testing

The International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) has published ‘Guidance on drug & alcohol policies and testing’ (SEL 040). It is downloadable free of charge to members and non-members alike. Within its 28 pages there are sections on ‘Who should be tested? - Reasons for testing’; ‘Tests for drug and alcohol abuse’; ‘Urine testing’; ‘Breath testing’; ‘Record keeping’;  ‘Problems with testing’; and ‘Cut-off levels’ as well as a useful glossary of terms and guidance on further information.

Bruno Faure (Photo: IMCA)

IMCA Appoints Faure as President

Bruno Faure, Group Senior Vice President Subsea Projects and Operations at Technip  has taken over the role of President of the International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA), the association representing the interests of more than 1,000 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).

Ceona’s Chairman to Stand Down

Ceona, SURF contractor with heavy subsea construction capabilities, announce that John Smith, Chairman of the company’s board, has stepped down with immediate effect due to ill-health. Smith has been involved in the oil and gas sector for more than 30 years and has been pivotal in overseeing the growth of Ceona since its inception in 2012, the company said. Mark Preece, Ceona’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO), said, “John has been with Ceona since we started down the path to building…

Richard Benzie (Photo: IMCA)

IMCA Names New Technical Director

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 after 18 years in the role. Benzie 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 organization I know well…

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IMCA Publishes Renewables Contracting Principles

The International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) has published a variety of guides, templates and discussion documents aimed at raising awareness on contracting issues, promoting discussion and providing tools that may be useful for its contractor members, their clients and sub-contractors, the latest is the series is ‘IMCA Renewables Contracting Principles’ which can be downloaded from the Safety and Legislation section of the IMCA website at www.imca-int.com. “Each of…

The winners pose with their awards (image: SUT)

Subsea Innovator Wins SUT Award

Thirty year old napkin sketch became a reality in 2015. The Society for Underwater Technology (SUT) has presented its President’s Award to Dr Kjell Olav Stinessen in recognition of his long term services to industry at the Society’s AGM and annual dinner in London. Dr Stinessen has been an engineer for over 50 years and is now a First Chief Engineer at Aker Solutions. In 1985, he drew a sketch on the back of a napkin of his vision for how subsea compression might work in the future.