IMCA puts dynamic positioning developments in the spotlight

Associations, Events, Conferences,Forums and Symposiums — By on January 24, 2018 at 9:45 AM
  • Capt Andy Goldsmith, Technical Adviser – Marine, IMCA

    IMCA’s Andy Goldsmith to speak at European DP conference

  • IMCA provides DP event reporting across marine construction industry

The International Marine Contractors Association’s (IMCA) Capt Andy Goldsmith, Technical Adviser – Marine, will be speaking on crucial aspects of Dynamic Positioning (DP) at the European DP Conference in London on 6 February.

IMCA has been at the forefront of DP since it was first introduced to the offshore industry. Guidance and station keeping event reports provided by IMCA Members are used throughout the industry.

Capt Goldsmith explains: “Working with IMCA members on the preparation of vital guidance aimed at increasing safety and efficiency is key for the industry. Reviewing DP station keeping event reports and producing DP event bulletins are principal learning tools for DP personnel. Vessel operators who contribute to the scheme are entitled to display the IMCA Certificate of Participation on the bridge of their vessels.

“All our efforts are concentrated on ensuring greater operational safety and efficiency within the DP fleet.”

At the conference, Andy Goldsmith will speak about regulation and significant industry developments. This will include operational activity planning coupled with IMCA guidance and IMO requirements, the reactivation of DP vessels, the possible accreditation for DP Assurance and Trials Practitioners, and the importance of DP station keeping event reporting.

IMCA documents on DP include: ‘Guidelines for the design and operation of dynamically positioned vessels’, ‘The training and experience of key DP personnel’, and Guidance for developing and conducting DP annual trials programmes.

IMCA has been nominated for the inaugural Offshore Support Journal Dynamic Positioning Award for its consolidated DP guidelines to be presented on 7 February.

Links to IMCA’s catalogue of DP guidance documents, logbooks, competence reporting, and event reporting is

About IMCA
IMCA, the international association represents the vast majority of offshore marine contractors and the associated supply chain in the world, with members from over 60 countries. It publishes an extensive technical library of guidance documents on operational good practice, safety promotional materials, timely information notes and safety flashes. Its members benefit from a technical structure comprising four main divisions covering Offshore Diving, Marine, Remote Systems & ROVs, and Offshore Surveying.

These are supported by a committee structure focused on: health, safety, security and the environment; competence and training; lifting and rigging; marine policy and regulatory affairs; and contracts and insurance. The association’s global coverage is organised into five geographic regions: Asia-Pacific, Europe & Africa, Middle East & India, North America, and South America.

Further information on IMCA and its work on behalf of the global offshore marine construction industry is available and The association has LinkedIn and Facebook groups and its Twitter handle is @IMCAint

The IMCA Marine DP Committee, formed in 2015, provides the following functions:

  • Reviews and revises existing IMCA DP guidance
  • Produces new DP guidance when required
  • Represents IMCA at DP related forums internationally
  • Contributes to IMCA DP workshops
  • Advises on the IMCA DP reporting scheme
  • Promotes DP station keeping reporting
  • Provides industry with DP related lessons learnt.

Details of the European Dynamic Positioning conference can be found at


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