The Nautical Institute, UK, has selected a new chief executive officer. Captain John Lloyd MBA AFNI, currently the Institute’s chief operating officer, will take over from Philip Wake OBE RD* MSc FNI, who is retiring in May 2017 after 14 years in post. John took up the COO post in November 2015 in which he has had overall responsibility for the Institute’s specialised training services, including the industry-standard Dynamic Positioning Operator (DPO) accreditation and certification scheme.
IMCA’s newly revised and updated guidelines for training dynamic positioning operators reflect the many changes that have taken place in the operating environment in the industry in the last decade
Two highly respected 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.
The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) has released a new edition of the ICS Bridge Procedures Guide, which is recognised as the key shipping industry guidance on best practice for safe navigation leveraged by the mariners and training institutes - and it now also includes DP.
Mr Philip Wake OBE RD* MSc FNI has been appointed an Ordinary Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the UK’s New Year’s Honours’ List for his services to the maritime industry.
Reliable and robust methods of positioning are required for safe vessel operations at offshore installations.
The Nautical Institute Director of Accreditation & Certification Services, Ms. Regina Bindao, has decided to develop her career in consultancy after seven years with The Nautical Institute. Ms. Bindao will leave at the end of August but will continue to provide consultancy services on a project basis to the Institute and other sectors of the industry. Commenting on the changes, Philip Wake, Chief Executive of The Nautical Institute said: ‘In shipping, as in life, nothing remains the same for long and after four years of managing the increasing global demand from industry for our accreditation and certification services, Regina Bindao has decided to develop her career in a new and more independent direction and role. Regina joined the Institute in 2008 and has grown through the departments. Her good management skills consistently produced outstanding work and achievements in often challenging circumstances and services provided by this busy department. ‘ Recruitment for her successor is already underway.
Reliable and robust methods of positioning are required for safe vessel operations in close proximity to offshore installations.
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Reliable and robust methods of positioning are required for safe vessel operations in close proximity to offshore installations. Dynamic positioning (DP) is well-established as a primary method of vessel positioning in the diving, drilling, construction, accommodation and shuttle tanker sectors, and is especially suited to deep-water developments. As development and management of DP becomes more refined, increasingly logistics support vessels are becoming equipped with DP systems with increasing reliance being given to such systems.
Andy Goldsmith has joined the International Marine Contractors Association as Technical Adviser Marine, with particular responsibilities for dynamic positioning (DP). According to IMCA’s chief executive, Chris Charman, Andy has 17 years of experience under his belt on a range of DP vessels and is a long-time user of IMCA guidance.
IDPOA is a proud supporter of the Lloyd's Maritime Academy - Dynamic Positioning North America Course. Which is set to provide an industry guide to innovations in DP technologies - with an incredible line up of speakers and array of subjects being tackled. Held on the 19 - 20 March 2015, at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Houston Greenway Plaza, the event will help attendees learn about DP solutions and improve accuracy and safety of operations: •Discover the latest innovations in redundancy and DP system design •Receive updates on the guidelines for assessment of DP performance •Compare and understand the different training schemes available for DPOs •Gain insight into the application and management of human factors in DP operations •Learn about conducting FMEAs and solutions to reduce DP failure While attendees will also benefit from practical and interactive sessions with leading DP personalities. There will also be a Market Update, with the latest on regional DPO demand and market drivers for DP vessels, a Design Investigation as a selection of DP experts will discuss solutions and developments in DP systems. Learn about new safeguards and technologies being developed. Also Practical Simulation too as attendees examine the Onboard Training System “OTS”: could the use of augmented reality be a possible game changer for DPO and navigator training in the future? It will also be possible to participate in a live demonstration of next generation DPO training. Perhaps one of the most innovative elements will be a Mind Mapping exercise examining what a DPO needs to know? Considering the essential skills and training for DPOs for safe and efficient DP system operation. Read more for speaker details and for link to gain massive discount on attendance....
The International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) now has over a thousand member companies involved in offshore, marine and underwater engineering in more than 60 countries, delivering major offshore construction projects from arctic to equatorial waters. Chris Charman, the association’s chief executive, finds this an important milestone as the members employ some 350,000 people between them and have a combined annual turnover of around USD150bn.
Eight European wind-power majors have been brought together by UK industry body the Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult for a new forum aimed at tackling key technology failures that cause costly operational downtime offshore.
September sees the start of the Autumn conference season, and a busy time lies ahead for experts from the International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA), who will be speaking at events in the UK, Singapore, China and The Philippines.
Super Typhoon Haiyan (aka Yolanda) devastated the Philippines when it hit on Friday night, 8 November. The scale of the destruction is unbelievable – around 10,000 dead and hundreds of thousands more left without water, food or shelter. Imagine being thousands of miles away when the storm hit. Imagine not knowing if your wife, your husband, your children or your parents made it out alive. A huge majority of the world’s seafarers are Filipino, and had to face this nightmare. Stuck in foreign lands without communication facilities, many are still waiting to find out whether they will have a family and a home to go back to. Sailors’ Society chaplains are already on the ground helping to connect Filipino seafarers to their loved ones back at home.
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The International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) Annual Seminar with its theme ‘Addressing the Challenges of new Frontiers’ being held in Singapore this week (6-7 November) has attracted a record-breaking number of delegates from 31 countries.
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). Speaking at conferences, communicating valuable messages that lead to ever-greater levels of efficiency and safety are also key to the association’s work.
An increasing number of members of the International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) are involved with the offshore renewables sector and for this reason the association has published ‘Guidance for the Positioning of Dynamically Positioned (DP) Jack-up Vessels on and off the Seabed” (IMCA M223) and an updated version of their information note 'Inspection and Auditing of Manned and Unmanned Barges’. Both are aimed at ensuring and enhancing offshore safety.
Competence and training are core activities for the International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA). It provides guidance on competence assurance and assessment, training, and information on recruitment and careers in offshore, marine and underwater engineering to companies around the globe..
Now in its fifth year, IDPOA is once again supporting the European Dynamic Positioning Conference in London. The first event, which coincided with the launch of IDPOA, was established in response to demand for a dedicated international event focusing on DP in the offshore market and other sectors.
Shipowners, construction yards, designers and system integrators were celebrating at the offshore vessel industry’s top awards. The biggest events in the offshore vessel calendar was held during two days of excellent presentations, lively debates and outstanding networking at Riviera Maritime Media’s Annual Offshore Support Journal (OSJ) Conference and Awards in London.
A distinguished delegation led by Norwegian Maritime Directorate Shipping and Navigation Director General of Mr. Olav Akselsen and Det Norske Veritas ("DNV") Vice President Mr. Trond Hodne visited China Rongsheng Heavy Industries recently to tie up some significant new agreements.
‘Guidance for developing and conducting annual DP trials programmes for DP vessels: Executive Summary’ is the latest publication from the International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA).
IMCA is entering a new era during the first week of 2013 with a new chief executive, Chris Charman. Mr Charman took over from Hugh Williams, who retired at the end of 2012 after ten years.
Maritime Assurance and Consulting (MAC), presented their first paper at the annual International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) seminar in Amsterdam last month.
Every year the International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) produces an annual report of safety statistics (covering fatalities and injuries) supplied by members.
A call for papers has been published for the 2013 International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) safety, environment and legislation seminar, which will be held on 19 – 20 February 2013 in Dubai, UAE with the theme ‘Major incident prevention in marine operations’.
The International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) publishes a range of logbooks in which offshore personnel can record their training, competence assessments and working experience.
USA hosted the nineteenth International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) annual seminar with its theme ‘The future of marine and subsea operations’.
The Dynamic Positioning Conference, held in October 2011, broke previous attendance records selling out before the actual event with an attendance of over 350, including 31 active licensed DP operators.
Farstad Shipping is the most recent addition to the impressive line up of IDPOA corporate members.
As befits the 50th anniversary of the advent of dynamic positioning (DP), the International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) has turned the spotlight on this invaluable technology.
Eight key publications from the International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) have been translated into both Latin American Portuguese and Spanish and are now available for downloading on the IMCA website.
Annual dynamic positioning (DP) trials for DP vessels will come under the conference spotlight when Ian Giddings, Technical Adviser - Marine, International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) speaks at the 15th Marine Technology Society (MTS) DP conference 11-12 October 2011 in Houston, Texas.
Congratulations to the International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) as the organisation has reached a milestone with over 800 member companies from 61 countries.
The Nautical Institute is pleased to announce the appointment of Miss Regina Bindao, MBA as the Accreditation Services Manager for the Institute with immediate effect.
Congratulations to Captain Mark Pointon, MNI, DP Training Manager, on his appointment as Chief Instructor for Farstad's DP training centre in Perth, Australia.
The International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) has released new guidelines on DP Trials.
The highly topical theme of this year’s International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) Annual Seminar – the future of marine and subsea operations – has resulted in the publication of a highly relevant and thought provoking programme.
The Nautical Institute has proudly announced the launch of its new DP Operators certificate ticket checker.
Reliable and robust methods of positioning are vital for safe vessel operations at offshore installations. Dynamic positioning (DP) has played an increasingly important role over the past 35 years, with various manufacturers’ systems available around the world.
Our good friends at GCaptain have recently featured a range of fascinating video interviews with many survivors of the Deepwater Horizon. The latest is with Senior Dynamic Positioning operator Yancy Keplinger the rig’s most veteran watchstander on duty at the time of the incident.
Guidance notes published by the International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) under the general heading of ‘DESIGN’ – Diving Equipment System Inspection Guidance Notes – have played an important role in the offshore diving industry for many years. Addressing the configuration of diving systems as utilised in the industry, they cover the four types of diving system – air, saturation, surface supplied mixed gas, and mobile/portable surface supplied diving systems – now revised guidance on annual auditing of diving systems has been published. “The aim of these documents is to be a comprehensive reference source addressing the philosophy of what equipment and layout is required for safe diving operations, plus the examination, test and certification necessary to meet good diving industry practice,” explains IMCA’s Technical Director, Jane Bugler. “They provide a common standard for auditing diving systems and form the basis for annual diving system audits which enable the verification of the completeness, certification and planned maintenance of such systems.” It is now common practice for each diving system to undergo a comprehensive audit annually and for the DESIGN documents to be kept up-to-date and available for review and inspection by clients and others wishing to spot check one or more items within the audit document. The latest in the series ‘Annual Auditing of Diving Systems’ (IMCA D 011 Rev 1) sets out guidance on how the DESIGN process is carried out, and bears in mind the wide number of individuals and organisations interested in the outcome. “These include diving contractors commissioning new build diving systems and those maintaining, testing and certifying diving systems; clients; procurement and supply chain personnel contracting in third party services; as well as contractors supplying third party services,” says Jane Bugler. “The list doesn’t stop there; it also includes consultancies and agencies providing diving system auditors; diving system auditors themselves; personnel involved in quality assurance and quality control; and organisations conducting diving industry training courses. “There are four key issues that play critical roles in the quality of DESIGN audit reports – selection and competence of diving system auditors; accuracy, completeness and traceability of information; management and quality control of the DESIGN process; and time allowed for auditors to undertake the audit – our documentation takes each of these areas into consideration.”
The Nautical Institute has also revised its rules on "DP TIME PRIOR TO BASIC COURSE PROPOSAL"
The Nautical Institute has revised its "MINIMUM QUALIFICATION PROPOSAL".
Aberdeen based research organisation National Subsea Research Institute (NSRI) has appointed David Pridden as CEO. Pridden is well known to the UK's subsea community.
Biennial board changes at IMCA see Andy Woolgar of Subsea 7 SA, take on the role of President of the Council of IMCA
A record breaking 160 delegates gathered for the 2010 Safety Seminar in Singapore on the theme ‘Safety is our Common Language’.
Striving for the highest possible standards, with a balance of risk and cost in relation to health and safety, is a key objective of the International Marine Contractors Association’s (IMCA).
A competent workforce is obviously more productive, operating with reduced risks, shorter downtimes and fewer injuries. All personnel involved in good industry competence schemes know a rigorous assessment procedure is in place against which their skills, experience and knowledge will be measured.
First mainland Australia DP training facility opens for business.
The Nautical Institute has launched a new guide to help field experts who are called to teach on simulators, but who do not have teaching experiences.
Australia’s national institute for maritime education, training and research, the Australian Maritime College (AMC), has set up camp in Perth.
To be better prepared for the future, the International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) has incorporated a new company IMCA Trading Ltd.
A peak of close to 4,000 diving personnel was employed offshore world-wide during 2009 by members of the International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA).
IMCA announced something of a dichotomy in its recent ROV survey: With less people seemingly doingmore work.
IMCA has reminded members that the target date for existing personnel working on the UK Continental Shelf to have undergone the Minimum Industry Safety Training (MIST) assessment for experienced workers is 1 January 2011.
Main Elements of MIST
As previously advised, the main aim of MIST is to ensure that personnel on offshore installations have a common understanding of the hazards of the offshore working environment, to avoid needless repetition each time personnel go onto a platform.
Training can be provided by an OPITO approved training establishment or through an OPITO approved in-house training programme. Existing in-house training can be assessed and approved by OPITO for internal use only, free of charge.
New personnel are required to undergo a two day training course. However, for existing offshore workers, there will be a short computer-based assessment which will incorporate any necessary refresher training, and personnel will need to undertake a refresher programme every four years.
The programme is being managed through the Vantage system, and platform personnel will therefore need to have completed the MIST assessment before being permitted to travel offshore.
Application to vessel personnel
There has been some confusion about how MIST would apply to contractors’ personnel on vessels within the 500 metre zone, and the IMCA secretariat recently met with Step Change and Oil and Gas UK to try to clarify this point.
Step Change and Oil and Gas UK confirmed that the scheme was never intended for vessel personnel. However, as MIST is not a legislative requirement, it will be up to the duty holder to decide who should be covered, and members should therefore confirm with their individual clients that vessel personnel will not be expected to comply. In addition, although MIST will be recorded through the Vantage system, Step Change and Oil and Gas UK do not anticipate that the scheme will result in personnel being stopped from travelling through heliports without MIST, unless MIST is a requirement of the charterer of the transport.
Members are therefore encouraged to confirm requirements with clients.
IMCA is now represented at meetings of the Step Change Leadership Team, which is overseeing the MIST initiative, so if there are any difficulties with the roll out for experienced personnel which you would like IMCA to raise, please contact email@example.com.
Hot work; confined space entry; work where stored energy needs isolating or making safe; working over water; work with hazardous substances; working on critical safety systems; working at height; working in trenches; and diving are just some of the offshore tasks requiring a Permit to Work.
The Nautical Institute is improving its Dynamic Positioning Services to better assist DP Operators.
Converteam Group opened an office in Rio de Janeiro to meet demands for production platforms and rigs for the pre-salt area.
The awards recognise and celebrate excellence across the DP industry in categories which reflect the scope of this hugely specialised area. As well as celebrating the professional success of individuals the awards honour and acknowledge developments in training, equipment and operations.
Juggling more than one task can cause real problems for offshore vessels. The risks associated with simultaneous marine operations (SIMOPS) in support of offshore oil and gas exploration and production, for example, related construction and survey activities, can be great and potentially dangerous.
A new generation of diving support vessels (DSVs) is providing challenges for inspectors.
The International Marine Contractors Association has witnessed significant growth in the levels of interest in their Common Marine Inspection Document (CMID) and particularly in the new electronic version, the e-CMID, which was launched in late 2009.
Smart companies take intercultural diversity as a serious success factor. One such company is Converteam.
The Nautical Institute has created an important new area just for DP on their website.
One of our Corporate members, Bibby Offshore in Aberdeen in the UK, has been awarded OHSAS 18001:2007 certification for its health and safety management system.
We hope the celebrations don't go on long enough to delay any DP Certificates, but we are pleased to announced the Nautical Institute is the 2010 winner of the Samuel Plimsoll Awards for Outstanding Service.
Norwegian classification society DNV has recently established a Greater China Offshore Committee.
As with the success of previous Deepwater Asia conferences, the 3rd Deepwater Asia Congress 2010 will be held on April 26th-29th in Shanghai.
Improving your workforce is important, and knowing the steps to take and the benefits derived are the keys to progress. Greater worker competence, more productive people, fewer risks and fewer injuries, with less downtime. These are the positive changes which drive more efficient projects, and value to clients. They are also the reasons the International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) continues to focus on their competence assurance and assessment framework.
The International Marine Contractors Association's (IMCA) 'Common Marine Inspection Document' (CMID) is now available electronically.
We were pleased to hear news that one of our Corporate Supporters, has been recognised at the Lloyd's List awards ceremony in Dubai.