It’s proving a busy springtime for members of the Technical Team of the International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) with presentations being delivered at conferences in Brazil, Canada, Norway, and in three UK cities.
“I am travelling to Canada this week for the Canadian Underwater Conference in Victoria (29-31 March) where I will be speaking on hyperbaric evacuation, and was in Stavanger recently, where I spoke about ‘News from IMCA’ focusing on diving and ROV issues at the Norwegian Oil and Gas Network for Subsea Operations event, ” explains IMCA’s Technical Director Jane Bugler.
“Technical Adviser Nick Hough is speaking on ‘IMCA Offshore Survey Guidance: an update on further developments’ at Offshore Survey which runs alongside Ocean Business (Southampton, 14-16 April). He will be giving a detailed technical update on 15 April on the work of our Offshore Survey division committee. He and other members of the IMCA team will be manning the IMCA stand at Ocean Business, and IMCA members are also involved in the Ocean Careers side of the event.
“Later in April Mark Ford our Technical Manager is speaking at North Sea Lifting (21-25 April in Stavanger), giving a joint presentation with DSM Dyneema ‘New guidance to push the boundaries and leave the comfort zone to create the magic in offshore lifting’; then he is off to All-Energy, the UK’s largest renewable energy exhibition and conference (Glasgow, 6-7 May) to talk about what IMCA brings to the offshore wind industry.
“That’s not where it ends, far from it!” she adds. “Our new DP specialist and Technical Adviser, Andy Goldsmith will be speaking at DPBRASIL (Rio de Janeiro, 26-27 May) as well as attending OTC in Houston earlier in the month; and Chris Baldwin, also a Technical Adviser, will speak on DP training at the European Dynamic Positioning Conference in London in mid-June.
“It is extremely useful to be able to attend and speak at such a wide range of highly relevant events, and spread word of IMCA’s involvement across the marine contracting industry where we are committed to helping our thousand-plus member companies in more than 60 countries deliver safe and efficient operations with an eye on adding value rather than cost.”
Further information on IMCA and its work on behalf of its members is available from www.imca-int.com and firstname.lastname@example.org. The association has LinkedIn and Facebook groups and its Twitter handle is @IMCAint
- 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.