IMCA’s annual seminar breaks all previous records…sold out sign goes up!

Associations, Conferences, Seminars, Forums, HR, Technology, Underwater Shipping — By on November 12, 2014 at 2:02 PM
Chris Charman

Chris Charman

With over a week to go before the International Marine Contractors Association’s (IMCA) Annual Seminar takes place at London’s Landmark Hotel, it has already broken all previous records, with over 500 delegates from 30 countries registered. Additionally it has nine sponsoring organisations, 34 exhibiting companies, and the seminar is endorsed by 14 organisations.  

“We are delighted to have reached the 500-mark and have now reached capacity so put up the ‘SOLD OUT’ sign, ” says Chris Charman, the association’s Chief Executive.  “We certainly have a highly relevant and topical theme in ‘Where next for the offshore marine industry’ and a superb line up, including keynote addresses by Malcolm Webb, Chief Executive of Oil & Gas UK; Massimo Fontolan, of Saipem, IMCA’s current President; Judith Hackitt, of HSE; and Mr Daiji Zhang, Executive Vice President of CDSA (the China Diving & Salvage Contractors Association) with whom IMCA has recently signed an agreement.

“Ours is an exciting industry that plays a vital role. Its vessels account for 4% of the world’s maritime fleet. Collectively our members employ some 350, 000 people and have an annual turnover of around $150bn. They work in all the world’s major offshore areas, delivering large offshore oil and gas and marine renewables projects around the globe that quite literally fuel the global economy.

“Formal presentations are being given on Marine, Diving, Offshore Survey; Remote Systems and ROV, as well as Competence & Training and Safety, Environment & Legislation issues. And both days feature Workshops on such varied topics as DP FMEAs, Diving system FMEAs, Shared sensors: ROV/Offshore Survey; Learning from incidents; Key DP personnel: dilution of skills; DP incident reporting; Subsea lifting & rigging; Live high voltage short circuit testing; Competence assurance – 15 years on; and Exploring the deep post Macondo. The Workshops are an invaluable aid to planning our future work programme on behalf of members.”

Networking plays an important role at all IMCA events around the globe, and the 2014 Annual Seminar is no exception. Delegates, speakers, sponsors and exhibitors are set to enjoy the welcome reception held the evening before the conference begins; the ‘Night at the Museum’ on 19 November when a reception and dinner will be held at the Natural History Museum. And then, following the completion of the Seminar on 20 November, it will be time for the wrap-up ‘Night at the Circus’ Drinks Reception at the Jewel Bar at the heart of Piccadilly Circus.

What exhibitors are featuring
The first part of a ‘what they’re showing’ preview appears at; now additional information is available from:

  • Analox Ltd will be launching a new concept, the SDA CO+ which houses an advanced electrochemical sensor for pinpoint accuracy of CO monitoring. Its pinpoint accurate CO sensor ensures standards such as NORSOK 4-100/EH74/2 and BS8478 are met. They will also be able to discuss the ACG+ and the SDA HE. Naturally their exhibit is of interest to DNVs and commercial divers.

Further information
Further information on the IMCA Annual Seminar is on the IMCA website at  and available

Further information on IMCA and its work on behalf of its 1000+ member companies in over 60 countries is available and The association has LinkedIn and Facebook groups and its Twitter handle is @IMCAint
About IMCA

  • IMCA is an international association with well over a thousand members in more than 60 countries representing offshore, marine and underwater engineering companies. IMCA has four technical divisions, covering marine/specialist vessel operations, offshore diving, hydrographic survey and remote systems and ROVs, plus geographic sections for the Asia-Pacific, Central & North America, Europe & Africa, Middle East & India and South America regions. As well as a core focus on safety, the environment, competence and training, IMCA seeks to promote its members’ common interests, to resolve industry-wide issues and to provide an authoritative voice for its members.
  • IMCA Vision & Strategy. As a result of work and collective input in 2013, IMCA has redefined its stated core purpose to be “Improving performance in the marine contracting industry”. To achieve this goal, IMCA’s Vision & Strategy has been devised with two elements in mind: Core activities and ways of working. Targets and objectives against which the association will measure progress in 2014 have been established.
  • IMCA publishes some 200 guidance notes and technical reports – many are available for free downloading by members and non-members alike. These have been developed over the years and are extensively distributed. They are a definition of what IMCA stands for, including widely recognised diving and ROV codes of practice, DP documentation, marine good practice guidance, the Common Marine Inspection Document (CMID) – now available electronically as eCMID, safety recommendations, outline training syllabi and the IMCA competence scheme guidance. In addition to the range of printed guidance documents, IMCA also produces safety promotional materials, circulates information notes and distributes safety flashes.
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