Each year the International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) carries out a safety and environmental survey of its contractor members. Contractor member companies that have not already submitted their statistics for 2015 to IMCA are urged to do so with speed, for work is now underway to analyse the statistics and determine both safety and environmental trends. Safety statistics have been gathered since 1997 and the environmental aspect of the survey was introduced in 2013.
Revisiting the 2014 statistics
The 2014 figures safety statistics drawn from 264 IMCA contractor members and based upon 798 million man-hours of work overall (558 million man-hours relating to offshore work) showed that the overall ‘flat line’ tendency in lagging safety indicators had continued in the longer term.
In 2014 direct causes of Lost Time Injuries (LTIs) continued to be the ‘usual candidates’ – with ‘struck by moving/falling objects’ the highest accounting for 110 incidents (26%); ‘falls on the same level’ (including slips and trips) in second place with 88 incidents 21%) and ‘struck against’, ‘entrapment’, and ‘falls from height’ accounting for 37 (9%), 34 (8%) and 33 (8%) incidents respectively. In all there were 424 LTIs recorded by IMCA members
Sustainability – far more than a buzzword
“Sustainability is a word in increasing use, and with an ever-larger number of companies working actively on sustainability plans, ” explains Allen Leatt, Chief Executive of IMCA. “Our environmental performance indicators, when published later this year, will once again cover indicators such as:
Number of oil spills per million man-hours worked;
- Litres of oil spilt per million man-hours worked;
- Bunkers used per million offshore man-hours worked;
- Megawatt-hours electricity used per million onshore man-hours worked;
- Tonnes of non-hazardous waste per million overall (offshore and onshore) man-hours worked;
- Tonnes of hazardous waste per million overall (offshore and onshore) man-hours worked.
“Each year has seen an increasing number of IMCA member companies supply this environmental data in response to the survey, ” he adds. “Listed or publically traded companies are in many cases required to provide annual information of this sort for their stockholders.
“When published in June the statistics will enable member companies to benchmark their own performance against that of their peers; and also compare steps to sustainability over four editions of our statistics.”
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.