Dynamic positioning (DP) figures prominently on the agenda for the next meeting of the International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA’s) Europe & Africa section meeting being held in Paris on 3 March.
IMCA members, and non-members from organisations wishing to learn more about IMCA and its activities, are welcome at the free-to-attend meeting, which features five presentations on various aspects of DP. There will also be a new facility to join the meeting via a webinar link.
Following a welcome by Pascal Grosjean, IMCA Europe & Africa Section Chairman, including background on IMCA and its activities, there will be an update on technical and regulatory work being undertaken by the association. After a regional update from a representative from Technip, the day is entirely committed to consideration of, and discussion on, DP activities and challenges.
Dirk Martens, Head of Marine Department, Total S.A. will talk on ‘The marine assurance process from a client’s perspective with specifics about the requirements in relation to DP’ to be followed by Ekkehard Stade, Managing Director, Global Maritime looking at ‘Complexity vs. Competence – new requirements for key DP personnel?’. A networking lunch follows.
After the lunch break Bruno Delannoy, Manager of Machinery, Electricity/Automation and Safety, Design Assessment Department, Bureau Veritas will take ‘Lessons to be learnt from DP system upgrades and the classification process’ as his topic; to be followed by Alex Karlsen, Principle Specialist DP DNV GL with a ‘DP Capability Assessment Project update’. The final speaker of the day is Chris Dixon, Vice President OSM / Director of HSE, Bourbon Offshore, talking about ‘DP – Operational Challenges’. A discussion and Q&A session brings the day to an end.
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 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 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 code of practice, DP documentation, marine and ROV 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.