IMCA Meeting to Focus on Offshore Renewables

Posted by Michelle Howard
Wednesday, November 13, 2013
Jane Bugler

Offshore renewable energy will be very much on the agenda when the International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) holds the first ever meeting of its long-established Europe & Africa Section in Germany.

With speakers from Technip, the German Shipowners Association, German Shipbuilders, Workships Contractors, Seaway Heavy Lifting, Bluewater, RWE, Vattenfall, ER Offshore and Global Maritime the meeting on Thursday, November 28 at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Hamburg is open to members and nonmembers alike.

“IMCA established an offshore renewables workgroup in 2011 following growing concerns regarding safety in the offshore wind construction industry,” explains the association’s Technical Director, Jane Bugler. “Key aims of the group include helping to disseminate the knowledge, experience and recommended practice held by IMCA and its members to help improve safety and reduce installations costs in this sector. Our Hamburg Europe and Africa Section meeting provides us with the ideal opportunity to explain our core values, vision and proposed action to those actively involved in the offshore renewables industry.”

Following a brief Europe & Africa Section meeting, there will be presentations on wind farm vessel standards; the IMCA Common Marine Inspection Document (CMID) for small workboats and its use by vessel operators; offshore logistics during construction phase – integrated installation; the Dutch Tidal Testing Centre at Den Oever; a short update on the G9 focal group for offshore wind health and safety; maritime operations and logistics from an offshore wind farm perspective – the Dan Tysk project; the Maritime Labor Convention and its effect on OSV operations; and on annual DP trials on DP 2 jackup installation vessels. There will be time set aside for round table discussions and for networking at the coffee and lunch breaks.

There is no charge for attending the meeting which opens with registration at 9:30 a.m. and runs until 3:30 p.m., but those interested in attending should contact Parul Patel at IMCA by emailing

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