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IMCA’S regional director an observer to SSA offshore services committee

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Denis Welch

Denis Welch

Denis Welch, the recently appointed Regional Director Asia-Pacific of the International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA), has been invited to serve as an Observer in the meetings of the Singapore Shipping Association’s (SSA) Offshore Services Committee (2013/2015).

“We are delighted to hear this news so soon after Denis’s appointment, ” says IMCA’s Chief Executive, Charis Charman. “As I said when announcing his new role on behalf of IMCA, it makes extremely sound sense to have someone who is well respected and knowledgeable on the ground in the region, and the invitation from SSA’s Executive Officer, Siti Noraini Zaini, helps to confirm the wisdom of our approach. Denis has previously served on the SSA Offshore Services Committee so it will be like ‘going home’ to him.”

The role of the SSA Offshore Services Committee is to:

  • address all technical, safety, environmental and training issues and proposals that may affect the offshore & marine industry;
  • address domestic and international policy guidelines, rules or regulations affecting the offshore & marine industry;
  • make representations to governments or bodies, local or foreign, on problems or issues affecting offshore & marine operations in Singapore;
  • work with regional and international industry associations in support of its courses of actions;
  • promote and protect the interests of SSA offshore & marine industry members in general; and
  • promote and enhance Singapore’s reputation as a hub for the offshore & marine sector

“All laudable aims which mirror many of IMCA’s, so this is very much a win:win situation, ” says Chris Charman.

About Denis Welch
Denis Welch is based in Singapore and has a track record of Board level appointment in leading international companies and start-ups spanning the marine, civil, automotive and aerospace sectors. He is an elected member of the American Bureau of Shipping, and a member of both the Det Norske Veritas and ABS Southeast Asia Committees. He has also served on the Singapore Workplace Safety and Health Committee and the Singapore Shipowners Association Offshore Committee.

Denis established One World Maritime Pte Ltd in 2009 to provide industry knowledge and management support to companies looking to expand or penetrate new markets in Asia; and has had several assignments in this capacity, notably as CEO of the Asia Pacific subsidiary of IHC Merwede, the Netherlands-based shipbuilding and marine engineering organisation; and as CEO of Mermaid Maritime, the Thailand-based drilling and subsea engineering company. Whilst at Mermaid he was involved in the establishment and listing on the Oslo Stock Exchange of subsidiary Asia Offshore Drilling, which had orders and options for the construction of jack-up rigs at KFELs.

Prior to establishing One World Maritime, Denis was the CEO of Drydocks World Southeast Asia, which was engaged in shipbuilding, ship repair, rig construction and fleet operations in Singapore and Indonesia.

Further information
Further information on IMCA and its work on behalf of its 1000+ member companies in over 60 countries is available fromwww.imca-int.com and imca@imca-int.com. The association has LinkedIn and Facebook groups and its Twitter handle is @IMCAint

About IMCA

  • IMCA is an international association with well over a thousand members in more than 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 Vision & Strategy. As a result of work and collective input in 2013, IMCA has redefined its stated core purpose to be “Improving performance in the marine contracting industry”. To achieve this goal, IMCA’s Vision & Strategy has been devised with two elements in mind: Core activities and ways of working.
  • 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.

About the industry IMCA serves

  • The marine contracting industry plays a vital global role. Its vessels account for 4% of the world’s maritime fleet. Collectively IMCA members employ some 350, 000 people and have an annual turnover of around $150bn. They work in all the world’s major offshore areas, delivering large offshore oil and gas and marine renewables projects around the globe that quite literally fuel the global economy.

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