IMCA publishes guidance on selecting diving contractors for underwater ship husbandryPublications // July 21, 2011
Vessel owners and operators frequently have a need for underwater ship husbandry (UWSH) involving the repair, or maintenance, or survey of a vessel’s hull and its underwater appendages.
The International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) has published ‘Guidance for the selection of diving contractors to undertake underwater ship husbandry’ (IMCA M 210) to offer examples of good practice.
It is intended to give guidance on ways in which underwater ship husbandry diving operations can be carried out safely and efficiently.
The new guidance document is intended to assist vessel owners/managers involved in the preparation of bid documents and contracts; vessel masters, chief engineers, first officers, marine superintendents, vessel agents and diving contractor representatives; all personnel involved in vessel operations management; all personnel involved in quality assurance and health, safety and environment; and personnel involved in diving operations in support of ship husbandry.
“We recognise that the requirement for the services of a diving contractor to undertake UWSH may occur anywhere in the world, in areas where there is no local diving legislation or formal guidance on the conduct of diving operations,” explains IMCA’s Technical Director, Jane Bugler.
“Our new guidance document provides advice on the selection of appropriate and suitable diving contractors and the health and safety requirements for the management, planning, supervision and execution of ship husbandry diving work, to ensure that all parties are made fully aware of their responsibilities and that every effort is made to reduce the risks associated with conducting diving operations from, on, or in close proximity to a vessel in support of underwater ship husbandry carried out anywhere in the world.
“The guidance covers diving in support of underwater ship husbandry or classification society inspection and survey carried out offshore, inshore, or in harbour. Offshore diving operations in support of oil and gas industry activities are specifically excluded.”
The new guidance is available to IMCA members for downloading via the members-only website, with additional printed copies available at £2.50 for members and £5.00 for non-members (zero VAT, plus 20% for delivery outside Europe) and can be purchased from the IMCA website at www.imca-int.com; by emailing email@example.com, or from the association at IMCA, 52 Grosvenor Gardens, London SW1W 0AU, UK. Tel: +44 (0)20 7824 5520; Fax: +44 (0)20 7824 5521.