International Marine Contractors Association News

Harke Jan Meek (Phto: IMCA)

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.   In addition, Frits Janmaat, who has been a

Richard Benzie (Photo: IMCA)

ADCI/IOGP/IMCA Diving Terms Published

The International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) has published ‘ADCI/IOGP/IMCA Diving Terms’ as IMCA D 057.   “This invaluable document has been prepared as a joint industry project (JIP) involving representatives from IMCA, the Association of Diving Contractors International (ADCI) in the United States, and the International Association of Oil & Gas Producers (IOGP) Diving Industry Work Group (DIWG),” explains Richard Benzie.   “The aim was to create harmonised world-wide guidance for terminology used in the offshore diving industry. This

Ceona’s Chairman to Stand Down

7, serving as the inaugural CEO and on the Board of the company until June 2007 when he joined Clough as CEO. There, he led a successful turnaround before handing over to his successor and joining Ceona in the initial stages of its growth strategy. Smith is a past president of International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA), the international marine contractors association and was also chairman of Benthic Geotech and Competentia.  

Photo: Osiris

Osiris Achieves IMCA Diving Membership

Osiris announced it has become a contractor member with the International Marine Contractors Association’s (IMCA) diving division.   “IMCA is an essential trade association within the diving and ROV industry as it promotes good practice and contracting members must demonstrate their capability to operate at an industry wide benchmark,” explained Aiden West, managing director of Osiris. “The achievement of securing IMCA diving division membership – following within a year of securing our remote systems and ROV division membership – underscores our commitment

IMCA Launch Freelance Marine & Diving Competency Information

Following the development of freelance materials for its Offshore Survey and Remote Systems & ROV divisions, and a revision of core Marine and Diving competence frameworks in 2012, IMCA has now launched freelance materials for its Marine and Diving divisions. International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) now offers a full suite of competence assurance frameworks tailored specifically for freelance workers. Raising the profile of the competence of offshore personnel, and the value of company competence schemes, across the marine construction industry is one of the core

(Photo: Briggs Marine Contractors)

Briggs Marine Ups Its Diving Capabilities

;s capabilities with the purchase of a dual basket diver Launch and Recovery System (LARS) as the company reports increased demand for diving solutions.   The system, which was manufactured by Submarine Manufacturing Products Ltd (SMP), has been built and maintained to International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) guidelines and has been certified by Lloyds Register.   The SMP dual basket LARS, available now for hire, allows the safe launch and recovery of up to two working divers and one rescue diver, in depths of up to 50 meters. The new system was immediately employed on

Harkand Appoints New CEO

the University of Mississippi and an MBA from Delta State University; and previously served as a member of the Board of Directors of the National Ocean Industries Association, is a past President of the International Pipeline and Marine Contractors Association and past Chairman of the International Marine Contractors Association, America’s Deepwater Division. harkandgroup.com  

Chris Charman: Photo credit IMCA

IMCA Appoints New Chief Executive

Chris Charman is appointed Chief Executive of IMCA (International Marine Contractors Association) taking over from Hugh Williams who is retiring. Chris Charman is greatly looking forward to his new role: "IMCA will bring together so many of my professional skills and capabilities – my working life began in the Royal Navy as an officer where I gained invaluable marine experience," he explains. "I have worked with a number of trade associations and 'not-for-profit' organisations; and the vast majority of my working life has been devoted to risk management. Managing risk effectively

Fendercare Marine IMCA Acredited

Following a recent audit, Fendercare Marine receives International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) accreditation. MCA is the international trade association representing offshore, marine and underwater engineering companies.  It is a respected voice around the world promoting good practice, particularly in the areas of health, safety and environmental standards, quality and efficiency and technical standards. Fendercare Marine Diving Operations Director, Bob MacMillan said “IMCA Accreditation is very important to us. From day one we have been working in compliance with IMCA

From the left: Victor Javier Sepúlveda (QStar Technical Director) – Ageotec Production Team – Vincenzo Mauro (Ageotec Managing Director)

QStar ROV Training Center Expands ROV Fleet

QStar SL ROV Training Center, the first ROV Training School in Spain and a worldwide training establishment member of the International Marine Contractor Association, IMCA, has expanded its ROV fleet with the purchase of the ROV Ageotec Perseo in addition, among others, to the ROV Ageotec Sirio, purchased in 2011. With this new entry, QStar has enhanced its range of vehicles with a "multipurpose" ROV for observation and inspection, which ranks among the Micro and the Work Class ROV. Main standard Perseo's specifications are: Qperative depth 600m, Dimensions 980mm length x 710mm width x

IMCA Revises Guidance on Underwater Air Lift Bags

The International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) has revised IMCA D 016 ‘Guidance on open parachute type underwater air lift bags’.   The guidance addresses the initial and periodic examination, testing, certification and maintenance of open parachute-type underwater air lift bags used to lift submerged objects. It also addresses the operational use of these bags and the safety precautions that should be taken during their use. The principle major revisions in this fourth revision are to those sections dealing with the use of inverter lines and hold-back rigging, and to the

Swordfish (Photo: Harkand)

Harkand Completes $10.5 mln DSV Upgrade

Harkand informs it has completed the $10.5 million upgrade of its Gulf of Mexico based dive support vessel (DSV) Swordfish. Originally built in 2007, the Swordfish is the youngest DSV in this region. The fully International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) compliant, ABS classed, 104-meter-long, DP2 DSV features a newly upgraded 15-man saturation diving system with a three-man bell along with a new 165-foot surface diving system. The vessel comes fitted with a new build 18-man self-propelled hyperbaric lifeboat (SPHL) for evacuation of the divers under saturation in case of an emergency.

Bruno Faure (Photo: IMCA)

IMCA Appoints Faure as President

Bruno Faure, Group Senior Vice President Subsea Projects and Operations at Technip  has taken over the role of President of the International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA), the association representing the interests of more than 1,000 offshore, marine and underwater engineering companies in more than 60 countries. In addition to becoming President of IMCA, having served as Vice President of IMCA since September 2014, he also becomes Chairman of the association’s Overall Management Committee (OMC). “We welcome Bruno as our President and OMC Chairman for the next two years

IMCA Consultation on International Offshore Diving Code of Practice

The International Code of Practice for Offshore Diving (IMCA D 014), published by the International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA), provides advice on ways in which diving operations can be carried out safely and efficiently. Risk management lies at its heart as it outlines minimum requirements, creating a safe level playing field for all diving contractors. It also recommends how clients and contractors may analyze the safety implications of commercial requirements. Updated in 2007 from the original 1998 version, the latest updated text has now been widely circulated in draft form for

Hyperbaric Evacuation Systems: IMCA Consultation

International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) is consulting widely, & globally, on new guidance on hyperbaric evacuation systems for safety of saturation divers. “In 2011 we set up an industry-wide workgroup to develop the hyperbaric evacuation guidance,” explains IMCA’s Technical Director, Jane Bugler. “The work was split into five main topic areas – risk assessment, technical, operations, medical and standards. The document, which runs to over 70 pages, is a substantial piece of work, and should make a significant contribution in helping to improve the

Ian GiddingsL Photo courtesy of IMCA

IMCA DP Specialist Plans Busy Autumn

, being held in Singapore (6-7 November, 2013) where he will be facilitating a workshop on DP incident reporting. Providing guidance on all aspects of dynamic positioning; technical reports and annual incident reports and analysis plays an important role in the work programme of the International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA). “It will indeed be a very busy period, I am greatly looking forward to it,” says Ian Giddings. “First on the agenda is delivering a presentation “Dynamic Positioning Spotlight: A snapshot of the major challenges and developments in the DP industry&rdq

Eric Roan (Photo: IMCA)

Roan Joins IMCA in North America

The International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) has appointed Eric Roan as its regulatory representative in North America. “I am very pleased to welcome an experienced professional with the stature and credentials of Eric on to the IMCA bench,” said Allen Leatt. “He will play a key role in our dialogue with industry regulators and within our extensive network of members in the United States.” Based in Houston, Roan has worked in a variety of regulatory compliance and advocacy roles for several oil companies and drilling contractors in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico.

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