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    FMEA management guide available

    Publications // June 24, 2005
    Over the past 10 years, the International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) has produced a considerable number of guidance documents to help members commissioning and carrying out failure modes and effects analyses (FMEAs) of dynamically positioned (DP) vessels.

    In 2003 a comprehensive introduction to dynamic position was added to the IMCA website, but before the recent publication of their FMEA Management Guide there was no suitable guide to help decision makers and implementation professionals within the industry quickly and easily assess the minimum requirements for carrying out an FMEA on a new vessel thus enabling them to ensure that existing FMEAs either already meet suitable standards, or are reviewed and updated to the required level.

    "Preparation of the FMEA Management Guide has been a key item in our work programme," explains IMCA's Chief Executive, Hugh Williams. "This project came about particularly in the light of lessons learned from incidents and a subsequent major review by IMCA in 2003. The IMCA Marine Division Management commissioned Wavespec Ltd to develop the draft guide and held a well attended and highly productive workshop attended by a range of industry professionals to discuss the various issues involved. Our draft FMEA Management Guide was circulated to a range of stakeholders for consultation, including vessel operators, clients, consultancies, regulators and other industry bodies; and their feedback was taken on board.

    "The resulting document is intended as a concise framework guide. It outlines the steps to be taken under different scenarios using flowsheets. It then goes on to address the basic questions likely to be asked by managers and professionals. It also directs users to relevant industry guidance and standards necessary to achieve the high level of assurance against single point failures required in the offshore oil and gas industry.

    "The perceived weaknesses in the FMEA technique was identified recently in Review of Methods for Demonstrating Redundancy in Dynamic Positioning Systems for the Offshore Industry (HSE/DNV) as a result of lack of FMEA expertise; not following a systematicprocedure; not outlining all operating modes when specifying the FMEA. Our new guide therefore aims to make the FMEA process more robust by advocating measures which are intended to alleviate these weaknesses."

    The FMEA Management Guide costs 15 for IMCA members and 60 for non-members and is available from IMCA at or from the association at 5 Lower Belgrave Street, London SW1W 0NR; Tel: +44 (0)20 7824 5520; Fax: +44 (0)20 7824 5521; Email:

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