Cross-industry access to electronic copies of IMCA publicationsPublications // July 29, 2011
There is one key issue on which the offshore marine contracting industry and the sectors it serves – for example: offshore oil & gas; dredging; telecommunication & cable laying; and, offshore renewables – are united. Safety. Anything that improves safety levels is to be both commended and recommended.
With increased safety levels ever in mind the International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA), which has close on 800 member companies in nearly 60 countries, has decided to make many of its most important documents freely available electronically for downloading by members and non-members alike.
“We have selected the documents that we consider the backbone of international offshore marine construction/operations good practice and made these available for free downloading by all at www.imca-int.com/documents/publications.html,” explains IMCA’s Chief Executive, Hugh Williams.
“There are over 150 of them currently. They are IMCA’s most important documents and we want to see them widely available and widely used by all the industry, including non-members, for the good of the industry, and above all, for the safety of the industry.
“The world is becoming progressively electronically accessible and knowledge like this is increasingly being shared. Making it freely available will help IMCA achieve ever-greater recognition, especially in new technical and geographic areas, as well as in the client and regulatory authority worlds. This will undoubtedly benefit members in their daily work for there will be greater sharing and availability of information when working with other organisations on joint documents and promotions. They will also be able to provide hyperlinks to documents from their intranets and their own documents, again making access easier.
“There are advantages within member companies, for it means that all members of their internal team have access to the documents, not only the individuals who have the relevant IMCA password to download documents from the members-only website.
Similarly it will allow ‘cross-division’ sharing of guidelines, for currently members can only access documents from our core committees – Safety, Environment & Legislation; and Competence & Training – and relating to the divisions of which they are a member – Diving, Marine, Offshore Survey, Remote Systems and ROV.”
“Non-member companies too, for the first time, will be able to download the documents or hyperlink to them on their website and in their documents, again improving access, and also facilitating information-sharing and cross-referencing.”
Hugh Williams is keen to point out that the free-downloading of guidelines and other key documents does not mean there will be a diminution of member benefits.
“All member companies will continue to receive a free hard copy of each new publication; and still be able to purchase additional hard copies and log books at discounted rates," he explained. "Only members will have access to Information Notes, the latest IMCA newsletter, involvement with the five Regional Sections, minutes of meetings, the opportunity to serve on key committees to influence and enact the IMCA work programme, and other essential information. The members list is also available on the IMCA website.”
Further information on the benefits of membership of IMCA is available at www.imca-int.com; by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, 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.