Highly Successful IMCA Annual Seminar

press release
Tuesday, January 03, 2012

USA hosted the nineteenth International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) annual seminar from 9-10 November, with its theme ‘The future of marine and subsea operations’.

 

This year’s seminar attracted over 340 delegates, and was endorsed by IADC, OGP, MTS dynamic positioning committee, API, ADC International, OCIMF, and OOC. The two days saw a range of presentations, workshops, social events, an exhibition with stands from 19 different companies, and some strong views from speakers and delegates alike. A CD of all presentations and summaries has been sent to all members and delegates and is available for sale to non-members.

 

  • Looking back
     

Hugh Williams, Chief Executive of IMCA, welcomed delegates before Alan Allred of EMAS – Chairman, IMCA Central & North America Section – introduced the keynote speakers. The first was IMCA President Andy Woolgar of Subsea 7, who spoke on his view of the future of marine and subsea operations. He sees a rosy future if the client base is confident enough to provide contractors with regular contracts and continuity. Confidence, he attested, generates the investment necessary to assist the technological advances that are required in our challenging industry, and a buoyant industry attracts the manpower needed to utilise it. Each individual component is not guaranteed and we can be knocked off course as an industry.


Mike Casey of Chevron E&P, Randall Luthi of the National Ocean Industries Association, Erik Milito of the American Petroleum Institute and Secretary Scott Angelle from the Louisiana Department of Natural Resources (DNR),  all spoke on this year’s theme and were enthusiastically greeted by the delegates. Naturally they focused on returning their region’s activity to previous levels, as well as future expansion thereafter. They also shared in the world-wide industry concern in communicating challenges and rewards to the next generation of workforce in readiness for the safe delivery of oil and gas from more remote and challenging locations.
 

A welcome common message from the speakers was that the conference had gathered a significant representation of the marine contracting world, and that IMCA should be part of discussions about matters affecting this sector. This is an important responsibility for the association, and its members need to contribute both individually and collectively to the debates. They need to seek out opportunities and points of contact in relevant bodies to do this, and actively respond to calls for comment issued by the secretariat. Only in this way will IMCA’s voice truly reflect members’ wishes and be heard and respected by relevant bodies.
 

“There was universal belief that having earned this recognition we must use it wisely and be careful not to lose it,” says Hugh Williams. The stimulating morning plenary session included presentations on deep ocean seafloor extraction, a new reeling method for a state of the art multi-purpose vessel, and better workability through DSV integration. The seminar then split into three parallel sessions on Marine, Diving and ROV & Survey. Presentations were given at all three followed by technical workshops covering blackout recovery for DP vessels, ROV installation, working in Arctic conditions, lifeboats and security issues. The day was pleasantly concluded with dinner on board the Steamboat Natchez while cruising down the Mississippi river. Delegates sampled the delicious local cuisine and viewed the steamboat’s engine room.


Day two started with a keynote note address by Lars Herbst from the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) with Bruce Gresham, Heerema Marine Contractors – Vice-Chairman, IMCA Central & North America Section – introducing a plenary session. This included three presentations covering the use of video games in the offshore industry, marine accidents and their investigation, and the impact of fatigue on ships’ watchkeeping officers.
The technical session again split into three sections and included presentations on Marine, Diving and ROV & Survey. A final plenary session followed with two presentations, one covering process safety and the other the application of STCW 2010 and the Maritime Labour Convention 2006 to the offshore sector. The final workshop sessions covered the topics of the pitfalls of position references, the MLC and its impact on marine contractors, the diving industry for the 21st century, process safety and this year’s delegates’ choice on vessel assurance.
 

The workshop sessions and seminar were summarised by Hugh Williams who thanked all speakers, chairmen, attendees and staff involved in the seminar. The seminar concluded with a lively drinks and buffet reception at Audubon Nature Institute, Aquarium of the Americas.
 

Maritime Reporter July 2015 Digital Edition
FREE Maritime Reporter Subscription
Latest Maritime News    rss feeds

People & Company News

On USCG Anniversary, Gov. McAuliffe Urges Hurricane Preparedness

Gov. Terry McAuliffe encouraged Virginians to get ready for hurricane season and provided an update on the commonwealth’s preparations Friday at a press conference

Optimized Tug-Barge System Designs by Robert Allan

Optimized Tug-Barge System Designs by Robert Allan Ltd. by David R. Connand Robert G. Allan, P.Eng. Some veteran Mississippi pushboats and barges have been

WKCTC to Host Open House for ILM Institute

West Kentucky Community and Technical College will host an open house and ribbon cutting for the Inland Logistics and Marine Institute August 10 from 4 ­– 6 p.

Education/Training

WKCTC to Host Open House for ILM Institute

West Kentucky Community and Technical College will host an open house and ribbon cutting for the Inland Logistics and Marine Institute August 10 from 4 ­– 6 p.

NAO Expedition to Study Walruses

From Naryan-Mar complex expedition started "Investigation Atlantic walrus habitat" for the study of animal southeastern Barents Sea. The expedition of seven

Korean Registry Okays Transas ECDIS

Transas, one of the world's leading providers of integrated navigation solutions, received ECDIS type-approval from the Korean Registry (Korea Marine Equipment Research Institute),

Arctic Operations

Thordon Bearings Secures AK Ferry Contract

Thordon Bearings has received an order to supply its COMPAC system to two Alaska Ferry newbuilds under construction at the Vigor Industrial shipyard in Ketchikan, Alaska.

Shell Moves Ahead in Arctic with Exploratory Well

Shell Oil's icebreaker MSV Fennica weaved through nine remaining protesters hanging from the St. Johns Bridge and made its way toward the Pacific Ocean.   Authorities

Activists Block Shell's Arctic Drilling Quest

Greenpeace protestors dangling from a bridge on Thursday in Portland, Oregon, halted an icebreaker that Royal Dutch Shell needs in northern Alaska before it can

Dynamic Positioning

Nautilus Awards Contract for Dewatering Plant Design

Nautilus Minerals Inc. has awarded a contract for the design of the Solwara 1 dewatering plant to be used on the company’s production support vessel to the Brisbane

Sea Trucks Returns to the Gulf of Mexico

Offshore installation services provider Sea Trucks Group announced it has been awarded a charter contract for its accommodation construction vessel Jascon 31 to operate in the Gulf of Mexico,

Eastern Launches Second MPSV for Hornbeck

Eastern Shipbuilding Group, Inc. has launched the second of two 302’x76’x26’ multipurpose service vessels in the HOSMPSV 310ES series for Hornbeck Offshore Services, LLC.

 
 
Maritime Careers / Shipboard Positions Maritime Contracts Maritime Security Navigation Pod Propulsion Port Authority Salvage Ship Electronics Ship Repair Sonar
rss | archive | history | articles | privacy | contributors | top maritime news | about us | copyright | maritime magazines
maritime security news | shipbuilding news | maritime industry | shipping news | maritime reporting | workboats news | ship design | maritime business

Time taken: 0.1427 sec (7 req/sec)