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    IMCA offers guidance for DP vessel operators

    News // October 29, 2004
    The International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) says it has played "a significant role" since 1990 in the offshore oil and gas industry by providing guidelines on the safe use and operation of dynamic positioning (DP) for offshore construction vessels and mobile units. Its Guidelines for the Design and Operation of Dynamically Positioned Vessels (IMCA M 103) has received global acknowledgment as a vital aid to safety in this key and ever-expanding section of the industry.

    An increasing number of supply and anchor handling vessels have benefited from the provision of DP in recent years, and with this in mind, IMCA is inviting all interested organisations to join a cross-industry consultative workgroup to develop international industry guidance under the provisional title of Guidelines for the Safe Operation of Dynamically Positioned Offshore Supply Vessels at Offshore Installations.

    "Working with IMCA members, particularly those operating and/or chartering supply vessels, we have drafted a proposed guidance note," explains IMCA's Chief Executive, Hugh Williams. "To be of maximum use, such guidance needs consultation and input from across the industry. We have therefore written to well over 40 relevant trade associations, government bodies and major companies around the world inviting them to join the cross-industry consultative workgroup to develop the draft into a pragmatic and beneficial guide. I am delighted to say we have already had some positive feedback. The resulting guidance will be a joint international publication."

    In addition to this proposed guidance publication, IMCA is preparing a supplement to its well-established IMCA M 103 that will cover the basic elements of operating supply vessels with DP. "The proposed Guidelines for the Safe Operation of Dynamically Positioned Offshore Supply Vessels at Offshore Installations would develop the concepts set out in that supplement to IMCA M 103, and the two publications would thus be complementary" explained Williams.

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