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    ROVs in focus as IMCA releases global stats and holds dedicated workshop

    Organisations and Associations // October 18, 2010

    Fewer ROV personnel at work in 2009 than in 2008; more inspection work using ROVs in 2009 than in 2008; the majority of ROV operations take place in the International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) Europe and Africa region – these are just some of the findings of the worldwide ROV personnel and vehicles survey undertaken by the association.
    “We collected global figures roughly six months apart on a single date in February and August in 2008 and 2009,” explained Jane Bugler, IMCA’s Technical Director. “The figures represent personnel and vehicles of IMCA members submitting statistics, but we believe that the information is broadly representative of a significant proportion of the ROV industry.
    “Of course, the figures represent a snapshot, and do not take account of any major contract completed shortly before the days of the count, or any that may have started shortly after. However, they provide – as we have already seen by comparing personnel figures over two years – a useful benchmark.”
    February 2008 saw a total of 3,350 personnel involved (3,269 ROV superintendents, supervisors, and pilot techs of all grades, and 81 other offshore ROV support personnel); in August 2008 the total figure was 3,846 (3,748 + 98); then in February 2009 the total was once again 3,350 (3,291 and 59) while in August 2009 the total figure was 3,544 (3,476 + 68).
    In February 2009 there were 596 ROVs involved in worldwide operations, while in August 2009 there were 587 – by far the greatest number were Class III ROVs (439 in the February, and 453 in the August).
    Before undertaking these latest surveys, IMCA used to collect ROV personnel statistics purely for the North Sea area (Denmark, The Netherlands, Norway and the UK) and this is the first worldwide survey. 
    Following the successful workshop held during Oceanology International in March 2010, IMCA’s ROV Committee considered the development of guidelines on the installation of ROVs on rigs and vessels, designed to inform and educate vessel owners and operators on the requirements for safe and timely installation of ROVs.
    The Committee is holding a further workshop, in Aberdeen on the afternoon of Wednesday 27 October, on ROV installation issues. It is designed to take the work further and draw out further information on the technical and managerial challenges which need to be addressed.
    After a presentation by Calum MacKinnon of Acergy on a technical map of the main components of the ROV system, in which he will identify the major interfaces with the vessel supplier, delegates will be able to take part in one of four workshops – ROV system footprint; ROV services; SIMOPS during installation; and ROV and tooling packages.

    At the end of the afternoon each of the workshop chairs will present the problems and solutions and this information will be used to produce an IMCA guidance document. The event is free of charge and open to IMCA members, and aimed at both onshore and offshore ROV managers and technical personnel.


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