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NEW HEAD AT NAUTICAL INSTITUTE

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.

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IMCA REFLECTS A DECADE OF DP CHANGE

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

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OSVDPA ALL IS WELL

According to Aaron Smith, the OSVDPA’s DPO certification scheme is operational and working well. Mariners are taking our assessments and we are issuing OSVDPA DPO Certificates.

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IMCA UPDATES DP GUIDANCE

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.

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NEW BRIDGE GUIDE EMBRACES DP

dredge-controller 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.

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CONGRATULATIONS TO NI CEO

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.  

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IMCA ON RADASCANs

Reliable and robust methods of positioning are required for safe vessel operations at offshore installations.

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CHANGES IN NI DP DEPARTMENT

Regina 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.

IMCA RELEASES NEW DP GUIDANCE

Reliable and robust methods of positioning are required for safe vessel operations in close proximity to offshore installations.

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BIBBY ON THE HUNT FOR DP TALENT

Great news - one of our Corporate Supporters, Bibby Shipmanagement is on the hunt for the best DP talent around. Do you have what it takes. If so take a look below and apply for the following vacancies available on DP vessels: DP II PSV on RasGas Charter, Qatar – All officer Rank DP III Heavy Lift/ Pipe lay Vessel – All Officer Ranks (with previous relevant experience) DP I AHTS & DP II AHTS – NON DP (On ARAMCO Charter) – Master, Chief Engineer, Chief Officer, Second Engineer (with good offshore experience) DP II Well Stimulation Vessel (Operating in Mumbai High on ONGC charter) – All Officer Ranks (With minimum 2 years rank experience on DP vessel) (28 days ON/OFF on regular basis) DP I AHTS & DP II AHTS / PSV / DSV/ MPSV (Operating in Saudi waters/ worldwide) – Master, SDPO, DPO, Chief Officer, Chief Engineer, Second Engineer DP II AHTS (Operating in Indian Waters) – Master, Chief Officer, Chief Engineer, Second Engineer Email Cvs: offshore@india.bibbyshipmanagement.com

IMCA RELEASES NEW GUIDANCE

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.

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NEW FACE OF DP AT IMCA

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.

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LATEST UPDATE ON LLOYDS DP COURSE NORTH AMERICA - SIGN UP FOR 20% DISCOUNT

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....

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IMCA BREAKS 1000 MEMBER MARK

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.

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OFFSHORE AND RENEWABLE FORUM

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.

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BUSY SEASONS STARTS FOR IMCA EXPERTS

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.

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DONATE FOR SEAFARERS AND THEIR FAMILIES

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.

  • Donate today to help Sailors’ Society provide vital contact between seafarers and their families.
  • Donate today so that none of them suffer the anguish of not knowing whether their loved ones made it out alive.
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HEADING EAST

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.

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BUSY IMCA SCHEDULE

  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.

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IMCA ON DP JACK UPS

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.

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IMCA on COMPETENCE AND TRAINING

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..

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IDPOA SUPPORTING THE EUROPEAN DP CONFERENCE

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.

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OSJ AWARDS

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.

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CHINA AND NORWAY TIE DEALS

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.

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IMCA LAUNCHES NEW DP TRIAL GUIDE

  ‘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).

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NEW HEAD AT 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.

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ON THE IMCA TRAIL

  Maritime Assurance and Consulting (MAC), presented their first paper at the annual International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) seminar in Amsterdam last month.

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Accident Data

  Every year the International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) produces an annual report of safety statistics (covering fatalities and injuries) supplied by members.

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IMCA Call for Papers

  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’.

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LATEST IMCA GUIDE

The International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) publishes a range of logbooks in which offshore personnel can record their training, competence assessments and working experience.

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THE FUTURE

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

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RECORD BREAKER

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.

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WELCOME ONBOARD

Farstad Shipping is the most recent addition to the impressive line up of IDPOA corporate members.

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TECHNOLOGY IN FOCUS

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.

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MIND YOUR LANGUAGE

  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.

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LOOKING BACK

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.

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MEMBERSHIP BOOM

Congratulations to the International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) as the organisation has reached a milestone with over 800 member companies from 61 countries.

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NEW ROLE

  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.

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POINTON'S PROGRESS

Congratulations to Captain Mark Pointon, MNI, DP Training Manager, on his appointment as Chief Instructor for Farstad's DP training centre in Perth, Australia.

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TRIAL GUIDANCE

The International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA)  has released new guidelines on DP Trials.

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TOPICAL THEMES

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.

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TICKET CHECKER

The Nautical Institute has proudly announced the launch of its new DP Operators certificate ticket checker.

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IMCA GUIDANCE

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.

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FASCINATING INSIGHT

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.

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DESIGN DEVELOPS

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.”  

TIME CHANGES

The Nautical Institute has also revised its rules on "DP TIME PRIOR TO BASIC COURSE PROPOSAL"

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MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

The Nautical Institute has revised its "MINIMUM QUALIFICATION PROPOSAL".

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SUBSEA CHIEF

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.

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IMCA PRESIDENT

Biennial board changes at IMCA see Andy Woolgar of Subsea 7 SA, take on the role of President of the Council of IMCA

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RECORD BREAKER

A record breaking 160 delegates gathered for the 2010 Safety Seminar in Singapore on the theme ‘Safety is our Common Language’.

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SAFETY SEMINAR

  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).

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COMPETENCE GUIDELINES

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.

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MAINLAND PRESENCE

First mainland Australia DP training facility opens for business.

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SIMULATING DEBATE

  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.

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AMC PERTH

Australia’s national institute for maritime education, training and research, the Australian Maritime College (AMC), has set up camp in Perth.

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IMCA LIMITED

To be better prepared for the future, the International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) has incorporated a new company IMCA Trading Ltd. 

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DIVING RISING

  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).

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ALL WORKED OUT

IMCA announced something of a dichotomy in its recent ROV survey: With less people seemingly doingmore work.

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MIST MANAGEMENT

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 emily.comyn@imca-int.com.

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NEW PERMIT GUIDES

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.

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ALL CHANGE

  The Nautical Institute is improving its Dynamic Positioning Services to better assist DP Operators.

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BIG SUCCESS

The second European Dynamic Positioning Conference, organised by Riviera Maritime Media and held in association with the Dynamic Positioning Centre, was a resounding success, fully vindicating the decision to expand the event’s format and add a second day writes David Foxwell, editor of OSJ.

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LURE OF RIO

  Converteam Group opened an office in Rio de Janeiro to meet demands for production platforms and rigs for the pre-salt area.

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AND THE WINNERS ARE...

The International Dynamic Positioning Operators Association (IDPOA) is delighted to announce the winners in the International Dynamic Positioning Excellence Awards 2010.

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.

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DOUBLE JEOPARDY

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.

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LOGICAL PROBLEMS

A new generation of diving support vessels (DSVs) is providing challenges for inspectors.

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COMMON INTEREST

  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.

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SMART WAYS

Smart companies take intercultural diversity as a serious success factor. One such company is Converteam.

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LOGGING JAM

The Nautical Institute has created an important new area just for DP on their website.

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BIBBY SUCCESS

  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.

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OUTSTANDING SERVICE

  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.

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GREAT CALL OF CHINA

  Norwegian classification society DNV has recently established a Greater China Offshore Committee.

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DEEPWATER ASIA CONGRESS 2010

As with the success of previous Deepwater Asia conferences, the 3rd Deepwater Asia Congress 2010 will be held on April 26th-29th in Shanghai.

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COMPETENCE IS KEY

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.

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INSPECTING ONLINE

The International Marine Contractors Association's (IMCA) 'Common Marine Inspection Document' (CMID) is now available electronically.

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AWARDING SUCCESS

  We were pleased to hear news that one of our Corporate Supporters, has been recognised at the Lloyd's List awards ceremony in Dubai.

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GLOBAL TRAINING PARTNERSHIP

  IDPOA is pleased to join forces with GlobalMET - the Global Maritime Education and Training Association.

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