The International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) recently held one of its regular Europe & Africa Section meetings in Luanda, Angola.
“This was a very successful ‘first’ for us, ” explains Jane Bugler, IMCA’s Technical Director. “The event was co-hosted by Pascal Grosjean of Technip, Chairman of the Europe & Africa Section and IMCA Technical Adviser, Nick Hough. Over a dozen contractors were represented by the 23 delegates who attended and were updated on IMCA’s vision and strategy and our resources and materials; as well as being provided with a technical update. This embraced recently published guidance; documents nearing completion; safety flashes and information notes.
“What was particularly important was the level of questions received and the discussion and networking that took place. We look forward to returning to Angola again, and to growing the interest there in what IMCA can bring to the table in terms of adding value rather than cost and constantly ensuring that the industry strives for the ‘holy grail’ of ‘zero incidents’.”
IMCA has five regional sections – Asia Pacific; Central & North America; Europe & Africa; Middle East & India; and South America. They enable members to address issues specific to their local area and ensure the global applicability of the association’s world-wide activities. Regular meetings bring members together to discuss current topics and initiatives, often with guest speakers and opportunities for those interested in membership, clients, regulators and other interested parties to join members for presentations and briefing.
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 email@example.com. 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.