Allen Leatt, Chief Executive of the International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) is looking forward to meeting members of the global trade association at the forthcoming Central & North America Section meeting being held in Houston on Thursday 21 April.
“We have three days of meetings, comprising working sessions with our sub-groups and the regional meeting itself. It is a packed programme, and I am greatly looking forward to meeting members, ” says Allen Leatt. The regional meeting is open free-of-charge to members, their guests and all interested in the work of IMCA.
“I will be giving a general update on IMCA; and then there will be technical updates on all our divisions (Competence & Training’; Safety, Environmental and Legislation; Diving; Marine; Offshore Survey; and Remote Systems & ROV). I will then giving and update on Policy and Regulatory matters, before we have two presentations. The first is on DP Incident Reporting; and the second is by Stan Kaczmarek, PE Chief SEMS Section who will be speaking on ‘US Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE): An update on Safety and Environmental Management Systems’.
“As usual at all our Section meetings there will be un-minuted discussion of recent safety –related incidents, for IMCA is dedicated to improving performance in the marine contracting industry, and sharing knowledge is an important step to achieving ever better safety standards.
“Saving time, and working cost-effectively are both important to all in the marine contracting industry, so we are now making it possible to join our Section meetings by videoconference or teleconference facilities – indeed, Andy Goldsmith, IMCA Technical Adviser, Marine will be joining us via Zoom with his presentation on DP Incident Reporting.”
Those intending being at the meeting at the Houston Marriott Energy Corridor Hotel, 16011 Katy Freeway, Houston, either in person or via video or phone links, should email IMCA Events at email@example.com. The videoconference facility can be used from a PC, Mac, iPad, iPhone or Android device – https://imca-int.zoom.us/j/
- 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.
About Allen Leatt
- Allen Leatt joined IMCA as Chief Executive on 1 October 2015 from Subsea 7 where he was Senior VP for Engineering and Project Management. He has over 30 years’ international experience in the marine contracting business with leading companies including Subsea 7, Acergy and Technip.
- Allen’s career in the marine industry began in 1978 when as a graduate engineer he qualified as a commercial air diver and has subsequently spent his entire professional career in the marine contracting business. He has been a director and the CEO of various subsidiary companies of large organisations, and played a senior role in the development of the integrated subsea construction business model through the heritage companies of Coflexip and Stena Offshore.
- He was appointed Senior VP Engineering & Project Management at Subsea 7 in 2011, where his responsibilities embraced engineering, project management, project services and supply chain management – all topics of relevance to IMCA’s global membership.
- Allen is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, a Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers, a member of the Smeatonian Society, and a chartered civil engineer in the UK.
- He is a graduate of Aston University, which numbers him amongst ‘Aston’s 50 Greats’, and has an MBA from Cranfield School of Management, Cranfield University.