From award of a contract to the first in-water test of the remotely operated vehicle (ROV) there are a significant number of issues that need to be addressed by both the onshore and offshore ROV teams. Each mobilisation is unique and needs to be planned in a comprehensive and structured manner.
To assist in this process ‘ROV Mobilisation’ (IMCA R 009 Rev 1) published by the International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) considers many of these issues in a checklist format. Each ROV operator has its own management system to cover their internal requirements and the IMCA document is intended to complement and support those systems.
“ROV systems themselves vary greatly from small observation ROVs to large and complex trenching ROVs and their needs vary significantly, ” explains IMCA’s Technical Director, Jane Bugler. “The users of this document need to identify those sections that are pertinent to their requirements.
“The original ROV Mobilisation document was issued in 2003, ” she adds. “During 2012 and 2013 it underwent a review and update in order to reflect changes and developments in industry practice in the ensuing period. A number of small changes to wording have been made in a number of places, although the layout and general theme of the document has not altered. Some of the sub-sections on project preparation (carnage, ROV system and vessel) and some of the sub-sections on mobilisation (pre-mobilisation briefing and on-deck installation) have been updated as have the references, in particular with respect to IMCA R 018 ‘Guidelines for installing ROV Systems on vessels or platforms’.”
‘ROV Mobilisation’ can be downloaded free of charge from the IMCA website at www.imca-int.com by members and non-members alike. Printed copies are available at £5.00 for members and £10 for non-members members (plus 20% for delivery outside Europe) available from email@example.com.
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- IMCA is an international association with more than 915 members over 60 countries representing offshore, marine and underwater engineering companies. IMCA has four technical divisions, covering marine/specialist vessel operations, offshore diving, hydrographic survey and remote systems and ROVs, plus geographic sections for the Asia-Pacific, Central & North America, Europe & Africa, Middle East & India and South America regions. As well as a core focus on safety, the environment, competence and training, IMCA seeks to promote its members’ common interests, to resolve industry-wide issues and to provide an authoritative voice for its members.
- IMCA publishes some 200 guidance notes and technical reports – many are available for free downloading by members and non-members alike. These have been developed over the years and are extensively distributed. They are a definition of what IMCA stands for, including widely recognised diving and ROV codes of practice, DP documentation, marine good practice guidance, the Common Marine Inspection Document (CMID) – now available electronically as eCMID, safety recommendations, outline training syllabi and the IMCA competence scheme guidance. In addition to the range of printed guidance documents, IMCA also produces safety promotional materials, circulates information notes and distributes safety flashes.