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Record number of safety incidents shared by IMCA members

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Jane Bugler

Jane BuglerIMCA

Supplying information on safety incidents and thus contributing to safety flashes issued by the International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA), is an important tool information and knowledge sharing tool. This year (2014) has seen a record number of safety incidents (over a hundred) issued in 19 flashes to members around the world.

“This is a case of ‘more is good’, ” explains IMCA’s Technical Director, Jane Bugler. “We want to encourage members to share safety incidents, it is a truism that ‘knowledge is power’ and knowing how others have dealt with hazardous situations helps fellow members. Of course we aim for the ‘holy grail’ of ‘zero incidents’, but incidents do happen, and we want to encourage all members to share them. Naturally all incidents are anonymised, and approved by the company concerned before being issued to the global membership of over a thousand companies in more than 60 countries.

“Providing a new user-friendly online submission template has made it easier to identify potential hazards, and thus help to avoid incidents being repeated.”

The template is at www.imca-int.com/safety-environment-and-legislation/safety-flashes, and any member, or non-member, can submit material to IMCA at incidentreports@imca-int.com

New DP Safety Flash
IMCA has just published DP Safety Flash 01/14 which shows the value of safety flashes. This relates to three gyro compasses connected to a DP (dynamic positioning) system that had a ’heading freeze’ within five minutes of time. With all three gyros out of service, the drill ship’s DP model took over; 34 minutes later all gyros had been rebooted and were online in the DP system. The gyros were of a modern fibreer optic style.

The maximum excursion of the vessel position was 20 metres over 34 minutes. Calm weather was benign enough to allow accurate model control of the drilling vessel for 34 minutes. The drill ship was connected to the wellhead while tripping into hole when the incident occurred, but emergency disconnect was not required.

This safety flash, like all of them, looks at “what went wrong?”, “what were the causes of the incident?”, “what lesson were learned?” and “action” – in this case “Deep root cause analysis is to be conducted, and a step change to installed equipment is ongoing.”

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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