International Marine Contractors Association News

(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

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

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.

Richard Benzie (Photo: IMCA)

IMCA Plans ROV Seminar in Stavanger

strident requirements to satisfy environmental legislation is one; the challenges of ROV utilization in the growing renewables sector is another. The need to recruit and retain properly trained, competent people remains vital.   These challenges and opportunities have led the International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) to organize an ROV Seminar, with the theme ‘The future for remote systems and ROVs in the offshore construction industry’. Chaired by Graham Duncan of TechnipFMC, the IMCA ROV Committee Chairman, it will be held Tuesday 30 - Wednesday 31 May at Oceaneering Internation

LEXMAR diving life support control panels  (Photo: Bureau Veritas)

Bureau Veritas: New Rules for Diving Systems

oxygen enriched environments, fire protection, fire-fighting and means for hyperbaric evacuation of divers in case of ship abandonment. The rules are fully consistent with the IMO Code of Safety for Diving Systems and adopt industry best practices, including the recommendations of the International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) for diving systems and diving operations. The requirements have been developed with the aim of being compatible with the IMCA recommendations regarding the periodicity of in-service inspection and testing.   The Rule Note addresses the scheme of certification of the

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

Richard Benzie (Photo: IMCA)

IMCA Publishes Guideance on Cable-laid Sling, Grommets

The International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) has published ‘Guidance on the Manufacture and Safe Use of Cable-laid Slings and Grommets’ (IMCA M179). The guidance was prepared by a working group of experts, and is intended to provide assistance to those concerned with the use of cable-laid slings and grommets used in engineered lifts for offshore heavy lifting operations. The guidance gives advice on their construction, rating, testing, certification, examination and use.   “’Engineered lifts’ are those where the mass and center of gravity of the lifted

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

Richard Benzie (Photo: IMCA)

IMCA Revises ROV OPS Guidance

Technical developments and operational experience are fundamental to the latest revision of the International Marine Contractors Association’s (IMCA) ‘Guidance for the safe and efficient operation of remotely operated vehicles’ (IMCA R 004 Rev 4).   This can be downloaded free of charge from the IMCA website.   “The guidance provides a pertinent reference document for the safe and efficient offshore operations of remotely operated vehicles (ROVs) and of ROV support systems, and is designed for use by both contractors and clients” explains IMCA’s

Richard Benzie (Photo: IMCA)

New Drops Video Available on IMCA Website

Dropped objects – still happening; and still harming – we must never expose ourselves, or others, to the risk of dropped or falling objects. That’s the message in a new video now available to watch on the International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) website. The short, and highly emotive video, highlights the importance of safe working practices, not only to offshore personnel, but to their families at home.   The video was prepared by Technip with help from Atlas; and as Technip’s Marine Operations Services QHSE Director, Pete Somner, and Chairman of IMCA’s

Photo courtesy Oceanology International

OI 2016: Growing Aquaculture Opportunities

2014 there were 520+ exhibiting companies and total attendance over the three days of over 8,400 industry professionals. OI 2016 is staged in partnership with the SUT and with The Hydrographic Society UK; the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science & Technology (IMarEST); the International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA); the Marine Technology Society (MTS); and the Society of Maritime Industries (SMI) as endorsing organizations

Photo courtesy of OI

OI 2016: Monitoring Structural Integrity

there were 520+ exhibiting companies and total attendance over the three days of over 8,400 industry professionals.   OI 2016 is staged in partnership with the SUT and with The Hydrographic Society UK; the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science & Technology (IMarEST); the International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA); the Marine Technology Society (MTS); and the Society of Maritime Industries (SMI) as endorsing organizations.    

 Being able to get close to exhibits is what exhibitions are all about. (Photo Credit: Trevor Smeaton)

OI 2016 Preview: Hydrography, Geophysics & Geotechnics

monitoring of landslide and turbidity current geohazards provides new insights for offshore risk assessments’.   OI 2016 is staged in partnership with the SUT and with The Hydrographic Society UK; the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science & Technology (IMarEST); the International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA); the Marine Technology Society (MTS); and the Society of Maritime Industries (SMI) as endorsing organizations. www.oceanologyinternational.com      

Richard Benzie (Photo: IMCA)

IMCA Names New Technical Director

Richard Benzie has been appointed Technical Director of the International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) to replace Jane Bugler who retires at the end of this month after 18 years in the role. Benzie will join IMCA in the near future.   “More than any other individual past or present, Jane’s name is synonymous with the IMCA brand and the objectives of the association. Replacing Jane is therefore a big challenge, but one that I relish.” says Richard. “In these testing times for our industry I am delighted to be joining an organization I know well, whose track

Allen Leatt (Photo: IMCA)

New Chief Executive to Sign on at IMCA

Allen Leatt has been appointed Chief Executive of the International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA). He will be joining on October 1, 2015 from Subsea 7 where he has been Senior VP for Engineering and Project Management.   Allen has over 30 years’ international experience in the marine contracting business with companies including Subsea 7, Acergy and Technip. He is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, a Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers and a chartered engineer in the U.K.   Leatt’s appointment follows on the heels of IMCA’s announcement

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Subsea Training Center Preps for Diving Regulations

logged dives totalling at least 100 hours - doubling the required dives a commercial air diver must have.   The decision to change the prerequisites has come from industry agreement, from the IDRCF (International Diving Regulators and Certifiers Forum) and with input from IMCA (International Marine Contractors Association).   Industry agreed to make this change because of feedback that air divers training to become saturation or mixed gas divers sometimes lacked enough diving experience.   Alf Leadbitter, Dive Training Authority at The Underwater Center, who has been training commercial

The winners pose with their awards (image: SUT)

Subsea Innovator Wins SUT Award

aiming at seeing it operational while I am still in work.”   Jane Bugler was also presented with The Houlder Cup for her outstanding contribution to underwater operations at the event on December 1. Recently retired, Ms Bugler spent the latter part of her career with the International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) as technical director.   She was responsible for all aspects of IMCA's technical work addressing offshore diving, marine, offshore surveying and ROV activities by developing good practice guidance, liaising with regulatory and industry stakeholders and representing

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