New Guidance on DP Systems
The International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) announced Tuesday it has completed its existing guidance on dynamic positioning (DP) with the newly published ‘Guidance to Identify DP System Components and their Failure Modes’ (IMCA M 247).“Unexpected events that jeopardize station keeping integrity are regularly reported via the IMCA DP Station Keeping Report Scheme. This new IMCA guidance document is intended to assist in minimizing such events and provide guidance for those involved in the analysis and testing of DP systems…
IMCA Issues Reactivation of DP Vessels After Layup Information Note
Following a period of improving industry metrics during 2017, the International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) has recognized that member companies could now consider reactivating their owned and managed DP vessels following a period of layup, and has issued a focused information note on this.IMCA’s Technical Adviser – Marine, Captain Andy Goldsmith, said, “In the right circumstances there is no reason why a reactivated DP vessel should not re-enter service in a better condition than when it was laid up, and with increased cyber security measures implemented.
IMCA Updates Guidance on Shipyard Safety
The International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) has updated its ‘Guidance on Safety in Shipyards’ IMCA HSSE 032, IMCA M 221. The document provides guidance to vessel owners and operators when preparing contracts and procedures for vessel dry docking or extended maintenance periods alongside in a shipyard.Originally published in 2013, the revised document addresses traffic management in shipyards.Nick Hough, IMCA Technical Adviser – HSSE, Offshore Survey and ROV, said,…
Grainger Named IMCA President and Chairman
Trade association International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) announced that Iain Grainger is its new President and Chairman of the Board. Grainger, Vice President Commercial at McDermott, takes over from Harke Jan Meek.Pieter Heerema from Allseas becomes the new Vice President.
IMCA Makes Changes to Inspection Database
The International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) has seen a marked increase in the use of its eCMID inspection scheme for offshore vessels that benefit from an independent International Safety Management health check. Over 2,300 vessels from more than 1,000 owners and operators are now listed on the eCMID database, which is consulted by more than 3,800 users each year. Inspections are undertaken by almost 400 Accredited Vessel Inspectors (AVIs) – and this number is rapidly expanding.
OP/Ed: Why I Became a Member of the OSVDPA
A new voice for today’s workboat professional emerges. As the captain of an OSV, I’ve spent a great deal of my life waiting. Waiting at the dock, at anchor, at the 500. Wherever one could wait, I have waited there. I can wait with the best of them. Now, just out of habit, I’ll wait when doing so is not required or helpful. Because of this waiting I, like most mariners, can gripe with the best of them. I also excel at grumbling, grousing, and my bellyaching is hard to beat. I guess mariners develop this skill while we wait (or maybe because we wait).
Meek Named IMCA President
Harke Jan Meek, chief commercial officer at Heerema Marine Contractors, has been named the new president and chairman of the board of the International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA). Meek succeeds Bruno Faure (TechnipFMC), who has stepped down as president of IMCA after completing his two-year term of office, in accordance with the association’s constitution. Faure remains on the board of the association. Iain Grainger, vice president commercial at McDermott International Inc. becomes the new IMCA vice president.
IMCA Supports CBP's Jones Act Decision
The International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) welcomed withdrawal of the Customs and Border Protection (CBP) notice to revoke and modify rulings relating to offshore vessels under the Jones Act. Allen Leatt, Chief Executive of IMCA, explained, “Members of the International Marine Contractors Association with vessels active in U.S. waters, together with their clients, welcome the decision by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Agency to withdraw its proposed revocation of longstanding decisions made over the last 40 years concerning the Jones Act.
UK Chamber Shipping Upbeat after US abandoning Jones Act Amendments
US authorities have abandoned plans to tighten Jones Act coastal shipping rules – and it’s all thanks to the coordinated efforts of international government administrations, US energy firms and shipping bodies, in which the UK Chamber played its part. A statement from UK Chamber of Shipping said that America’s Customs and Border Protection (US CBP) on January 18 announced a plan to revoke past US CBP rulings that allow non-US flagged offshore vessels to carry out specialised services in specific circumstances for US offshore energy projects.
Gulf of Mexico is Ground Zero for the Jones Act
A vastly modernized U.S. offshore support fleet awaits the opportunity to perform Jones Act work in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico. Foreign operators, already here, predict disaster if a cabotage rule change takes effect. A change proposed by the US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) in its Customs Bulletin & Decision newsletter promises reversal of a 40-year practice that, until now, allowed the use of non-coastwise-qualified vessels in the transportation of pipeline repair material…
IMCA Reiterates CBP Proposal Opinion
IMCA stands behind its opinion that CBP implementation of its proposal will severely damage business in the US Gulf of Mexico. Quote from Allen Leatt, CEO, The International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) in response to report at marinelink.com (OMSA: CBP Revocation Notice Boosts U.S. Jobs‘): “IMCA published its report on April 4 on the impact of the proposed CBP modifications and revocations to the Jones Act. Changes that would eliminate 40 years of stability in the workings of the Act, that has enabled industry to invest billions of dollars offshore and in the Gulf Coast States.
IMCA eCMID Workshop to be Held in Stavanger
The International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) holds regular workshops to engage with the eCMID community including vessel operators, inspectors, and clients. The next workshop being held at Oceaneering International’s facility in Stavanger, Norway on the afternoon of Monday May 29, like all such workshops in 2017, has as its core theme how IMCA vessel inspection tools can assist in vessel assurance efforts for offshore contractors – in particular, for vessels brought out of lay-up, and as part of ISM code requirements.
Fugro’s Heine Joins IMCA Board
The International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) has confirmed the appointment of Mark Heine to its governing board. Heine is a senior executive with Fugro. Heine is a member of the Management Board of Fugro and is the Director of the Marine Division. He has been with Fugro since 2000, and has served, amongst others roles as Director of Marine, Survey & Geotech, and Regional Manager Europe-Africa for the Survey Division. He holds an MSc in Geodetic Engineering from Delft University of Technology.
IMO Accepts IMCA Paper as Basis for Updating DP Guidelines
The International Maritime Organization (IMO) has agreed to continue using the International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) document covering the Guidelines for Training and Experience of Key DP Personnel as the basis of the IMO Guidelines for Dynamic Positioning System (DP) Operator Training (MSC/Circ.738). The IMCA Guidance on the Training and Experience of Key Dynamic Positioning Personnel (IMCA M 117) has recently been revised and earlier this week IMO Sub-Committee on Human Element, Training and Watchkeeping (HTW 4) agreed to revise MSC/Circ. 738 to reflect the revision.
Changes In The Air For IMCA's eCMID
From January 2018 the International Marine Contractors Association’s (IMCA) will recognize only formal inspection reports conducted using its eCMID database, meaning that paper reports not uploaded into the database will no longer be considered by IMCA to be authorized inspection reports. The whole eCMID system is now based on the principles described in the ISO 19011 Guidance for Auditing Management Systems standard and is aligned with other comparable industry guidance on safety management system assurance.
IMCA Launches Series of Regulatory Update Bulletins
Today’s regulatory agenda is being increasingly driven by environmental issues. Shipping is under increasing pressure to lower greenhouse gas emissions and to contribute to global efforts to counter anthropogenic climate change. The pressure is unlikely to abate; on the contrary shipping should expect these pressures to increase. The International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA), which has Observer status at the International Maritime Organization (IMO), has therefore launched a series of regular ‘Regulatory Update’ bulletins, the first of which is on the IMCA website, to keep members informed about regulatory developments. “Our Regulatory & Policy Affairs Team is committed to keeping the bulletins short and to the point,” explains IMCA’s Chief Executive, Allen Leatt.
IMCA to Hold Maritime Security Seminar
The International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) is hosting a Security Seminar in London on Thursday, November 10, which will focus on human factors in modern maritime security. Sponsored by Subsea 7 and Technip, the event is a continuation of IMCA's new series of mini-seminars – niche events tailored to tackle specific topics. “The day-long seminar at the Millennium Gloucester Hotel in South Kensington will provide an invaluable opportunity for all concerned to understand the impact of human factors on security in key areas of the offshore marine contracting industry – both in the oil and gas, and renewable energy sectors,” explained Richard Benzie, IMCA’s Technical Director. “It will cover both the global risk to people, and the internal cyber security threat.
IMCA Appoints Bradshaw as Policy and Regualtory Affaris Manager
Strengthening its policy and regulatory affairs team, the International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) has appointed John Bradshaw as Policy and Regulatory Affairs Manager to lead on worldwide policy and legislative issues, with responsibility for developing and delivering the international trade association’s policy and regulatory strategy, including representing members with regulators and other third parties. Bradshaw joined the IMCA Secretariat as one of its strong team of Technical Advisers in early Autumn 2015.
DP Documents Revised, Published by IMCA
Two International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) documents, often written into contracts by clients, have been fully revised and published. ‘Guidelines for the Design and Operation of Dynamically Positioned Vessels’ (IMCA M103 Rev 2), and ‘Guidance on Failure Modes & Effects Analyses (FMEA)’ (IMCA M166 Rev 1) are both now freely available on the IMCA website. “Both important documents were reviewed using the IMCA ‘open forum’ web-based system introduced last year,” explains IMCA’s Technical Director, Richard Benzie. “This made for wide stakeholder engagement.
IRClass' Expansion in SE Asia Underway
The Indian Register of Shipping (IRClass) is gearing up to expand its activities in Singapore and throughout South East Asia with plans for opening two more offices in the region over the next two years. IRClass, with a diverse portfolio of services across the marine sector, will be hosting the second meeting of its Singapore Advisory Committee on Friday 18 March. The remit of the committee, which is chaired by Denis Welch, Asia-Pacific director of the International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA), is to advise on strategic growth opportunities in The Lion Republic and across the region.
IMCA Publishes Revision to Wire Rope Integrity Management Guidance
The International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) has published a revised version of ‘Guidance on wire rope integrity management for vessels in the offshore industry’ (IMCA SEL 022 Rev. 2/IMCA M 194 Rev. 2). This is now available for downloading free of charge from the IMCA website. This document provides guidance on the necessary elements of an integrity management system required to achieve an acceptable level of ongoing safety for the use of wire ropes in a marine environment.
IMCA Publishes Renewables Contracting Principles
The International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) has published a variety of guides, templates and discussion documents aimed at raising awareness on contracting issues, promoting discussion and providing tools that may be useful for its contractor members, their clients and sub-contractors, the latest is the series is ‘IMCA Renewables Contracting Principles’ which can be downloaded from the Safety and Legislation section of the IMCA website at www.imca-int.com. “Each of…
CMID Reaches 100th Vessel Inspector Application
The CMID (Common Marine Inspection Document) Vessel Inspector Scheme has reached a milestone with the hundredth Vessel Inspector application having been received. The Inspectors accredited so far are based in more than 20 countries, with both the International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) and the International Institute of Marine Surveying (IIMS) actively promoting the scheme globally. IMCA has also announced that CMID Version 9 will go live on September 7. IMCA and the…