Two days of IMCA events in Vietnam as Asia-Pacific section meets

Associations, Events, Conferences,Forums and Symposiums — By on July 8, 2015 at 3:36 PM
Jane Bugler

Jane Bugler

The International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) has programmed two days of events in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam on 22 and 23 July. The first sees an afternoon’s ‘Vietnam Briefing’ open to IMCA members, and non-members including oil company representatives, contractors, consultants and all interested in the work of IMCA. The second combines the meeting of IMCA’s Asia-Pacific Section with an open session looking at key issues including competition law policy, IMCA activity worldwide, the Common Marine Inspection Document (CMID), regulatory update and presentations.

“It is going to be a busy two days, ” explains Jane Bugler, IMCA’s Technical Director and Acting Chief Executive. “This will be our second meeting in Vietnam, the last one being held in 2010. Our afternoon session on 22 July will be a briefing session to introduce IMCA to companies active in the Vietnamese marine contracting sector; we hope that many will take the opportunity to join us at this free event being held at the Sheraton Hotel & Towers in Ho Chi Minh City.

“Chaired by Ken Livingstone of Technip, who is the IMCA Asia-Pacific Section Chairman, we will be providing information on many aspects of our work. Presentations will include ‘IMCA and its technical and legislative activities: the work of IMCA in its core activities and technical divisions’ (Peter Sieniewicz, IMCA); ‘The benefits and challenges of joining IMCA’ (Ngo Kuan Hung, Petro Vietnam Manpower Training College); ‘Diver training and competence assessment – a case study’ (Darren Brunton, KB Associates); ‘Marine guidance for safe marine operations’ (Mike Meade, M3 Marine); ‘How Neptune Geomatics uses IMCA Offshore Survey guidance’ (Jason French, Neptune Geomatics); and ‘Safe offshore operations’ (Phil Slowther, Fugro).

She adds: “Then on 23 July after our initial Section meeting, open only to voting members; our open meeting starts at 10:00 with a world-wide update on the work of IMCA’s two core and four technical divisions; a presentation on ‘CMID – Countdown to V9 and Accredited Vessel Inspectors’; and an international regulatory update.

“After a networking lunch there will be three presentations. Dr Cormac Ȯ Laoire of Andrew Moore and Associates will speak on ‘Battery energy storage systems in the maritime industry’; he will be followed by Ngo Kuan Hung who will speak on ‘Challenges in developing the offshore sector in Vietnam’; with the final speak of the day being Mike Meade on ‘The difficulties and challenges of building a new diving support vessel (DSV).

“Yes, two packed sessions, but we are eager to cover as much ground as we possibly can!  There will be networking opportunities on both days, this is always an integral part of IMCA events.”

Registration for the free-to-attend events on 22 and 23 July is now open. Those wishing to attend should (0)20 7824 5520; or use the online facility at

About IMCA

  • IMCA is an international association with 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.
  • 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 code of practice, DP documentation, marine and ROV 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.

About the industry IMCA serves
The marine contracting industry plays a vital global role. Its vessels account for 4% of the world’s maritime fleet. Collectively IMCA 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.

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