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    Programme published for IMCA safety seminar

    Organisations and Associations // January 12, 2011

    Striving for the highest possible standards, with a balance of risk and cost in relation to health and safety, is a key objective of theInternational Marine Contractors Association’s (IMCA). A key tool in achieving this is the series of annual IMCA safety seminars, held around the globe.
    The programme is now available for the 2011 Safety Seminar with its theme ‘HSE Practices: Which route to take?’ This, the eleventh in the series,will take place 24-25 February 2011 at the NH Laguna Palace Hotel, Mestre, Venice, Italy.
    “Our seminars bring members together to learn from those presenting, and there are other important benefits,” explained IMCA’s Technical Director, Jane Bugler. “The seminars also facilitate the sharing of safety-related information and result in delegates learning lessons both from successful company safety initiatives, and from incidents which have occurred offshore. Past seminars have been held in Singapore, Houston, Abu Dhabi and at various European locations.
    Keynote addresses will be delivered by David Forsyth of Bibby Offshore, who chairs IMCA’s Safety, Environment & Legislation Committee; and Hans Johansen of Dong Energy who chairs the OGP (The International Association of Oil & Gas Producers) Safety Committee. Thereafter the seminar features presentations from leading contractors, client representatives and other specialists covering issues such as contractors and clients working together for safety; specific aspects of safety in the offshore environment; health issues; learning from incidents; and various client and contractor safety initiatives. Small group discussion sessions with plenary feedback have proved highly successful at previous events in raising issues, sharing ideas and prompting specific work by IMCA through its committees and workgroups and will feature again this year.
    A safety share fair will be a feature at each coffee and lunch break during the two days. Delegates are encouraged to bring a display of their company's safety promotional materials to the event (booking required), enabling those present to review and discuss successful safety initiatives with each other.
    Networking at social events is always a feature of IMCA’s events, and the 2011 Safety Seminar will be no exception, with a drinks reception and conference dinner. Full information is available at and from
    A record breaking 160 delegates gathered for the 2010 Safety Seminar in Singapore on the theme ‘Safety is our Common Language’. Presentations on safety, environmental issues and lessons learnt from incidents provided much for delegates to think about, with highly productive small group discussion sessions taking place as well. Alongside the main sessions was a safety share fair, enabling delegates to display, discuss and share their ideas for improving safety.
    Further information on IMCA’s work on behalf of its growing membership, which now stands at nearly 750 companies in 56 countries, is available from and from the association at 52 Grosvenor Gardens, London SW1W 0AU, UK. Tel: +44 (0)20 7824 5520; Fax: +44 (0)20 7824 5521; or by emailing


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