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    IMCA'S annual marine safety conference set for Houston in November

    News // July 4, 2003
    The IMCA's Annual Marine Safety Seminar will take place 5-6 November 2003 at the Sheraton Suites, Galleria, Houston, Texas.

    More details can be obtained from events@imca-int.com or www.imca-int.com/events.

    The annual Marine Seminar has been a key date in the IMCA diary since the early 1990s. The 12th annual seminar, with its joint topics 'Marine' and 'Safety' will take place on 5th and 6th November in Houston, Texas at the Sheraton Suites near the Galleria. Further information, including the outline conference programme, will be available on the IMCA website at www.imca-int.com/events. The event is open to members and non-members alike.

    "Safety lies at the heart of all IMCA policy so it is fitting that this year's seminar should have parallel sessions on safety," explains IMCA's Chief Executive, Hugh Williams. "This will be the first USA-based seminar since the formation of the IMCA Americas Deepwater Section. We are delighted by the speed and enthusiasm with which the Americas Deepwater Section has been greeted. It was just a year ago, in Spring 2002, that the Council and Overall Management Committee decided that a new geographical section was required for members active in the Americas. In the past, IMCA members in the Americas have had to travel to meetings elsewhere and have been unable to get together to discuss common issues. There were obviously a number of steps to be taken before the first section meeting could be held in late October, but since then things have been moved forward fast and there has been much stimulating discussion - and action."

    "The importance of the region cannot be underestimated given the huge number of projects, both ongoing and planned, including those managed from the region but carried out elsewhere, for example in West Africa. The numerous contractors supporting these provide a very important raft for sharing good practice," Williams explained.

    IMCA's Deepwater Section has a remit to maintain, promote and exchange information on good practice. Members in the region are mostly involved in deepwater activities - hence the section name - and so the focus is on Marine, Offshore Survey and Remote Systems & ROVs. Sub-groups have been formed for Safety, Environment & Legislation; Training, Certification & Personnel Competence; and each of these three technical divisions. The five sub-group chairmen have been co-opted onto the relevant world-wide committees to enhance the international nature of their work and teleconferencing of committee meetings is ensuring that IMCA is operating very much as a 'joined-up' organisation. All have played a role in the planning of November's Marine Safety Seminar.

    Previous annual marine seminars have been held in Brazil, France, The Netherlands, Norway and USA as well as in the UK. The 11th Seminar, sub-titled "Learning from Experience" was held in Aberdeen in early November 2002 and attracted over 250 delegates from at least 14 countries.

    Focusing on marine and diving, it brought together key operational and managerial personnel from across the industry and around the world, along with equipment suppliers, specialist consultants and client and regulatory representatives, giving the opportunity for wide ranging discussions, sharing of lessons learned and to air key subjects of topical interest.

    The CD-ROM of the 2002 Seminar is now available priced 30 to members, 60 to non-members, from publications@imca-int.com or via the website at www.imca-int.com (Telephone +44 (0)20 7931 8171; Fax: +44 (0)20 7931 8935).

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