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    Marine contractors provide update on forthcoming Annual Seminar

    Organisations and Associations // October 26, 2005

    The International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) has provided more details about its forthcoming Annual Seminar.

    "The theme for our 2005 Annual Seminar says it all,” says Hugh Williams, Chief Executive of IMCA. “’Expanding Marine Contracting – Shaping the Future of Diving, DP and Marine Construction Practice’.  The industry is indeed expanding, and our 290+ members in 33 countries around the globe are hard at work – a reflection of the current high barrel price.

    This year’s IMCA Annual Seminar will be held 22-23 November at the Beach Rotana Hotel & Towers in Abu Dhabi, UAE. Once again, the seminar is being organised by all four IMCA divisions - Marine, Diving, Offshore Survey and Remote Systems & ROV, with a programme reflecting the diverse range of operations carried out within the marine contracting industry but with common interest reflected in every included theme.

    “Ours is a conference where we take an holistic view of the subject matter,” explained Williams. “Every paper is invited from the right person for the job; and all presentations are of equal importance and relevance to the industry at this stage of its development. Naturally, as this year’s event is in Abu Dhabi, it takes into account the issues of the industry in the Middle East and India, but it is equally relevant to our members and their clients from all around the world. 

    “An exciting programme has been developed covering all aspects of today's marine contracting industry, addressing issues for those operating in the region together with broader topics on the latest developments around the world-wide industry. Topicality is key; and we have introduced a presentation and an additional workshop on hyperbaric evacuation, which has particular relevance to the recent Bombay High incident.

    “The seminar brings together engineers, managers and offshore personnel from contractors, clients, consultants, equipment manufacturers and others from around the global industry – we already have registrations from 14 countries; and expect many more over the course of the next few weeks. A variety of sessions, including presentations, plenary debate and workshops, plus the associated exhibition and the more relaxed atmosphere of the drinks receptions and seminar dinner, provide ample opportunity for sharing experience, shared learning and networking.”

    Endorsed by The Nautical Institute (UAE Branch); IADC – International Association of Drilling Contractors; and OGP – International Association of Oil & Gas Producers, the IMCA seminar opens with a welcoming address from Steve MacMillan of J Ray McDermott – Chairman of IMCA’s Middle East & India Section; Frits Janmaat, of the Allseas Group and President of IMCA will then address the topic of ‘IMCA – Taking Forward Marine Contracting’; Ron McGuire of ADMA-OPCO will give a client’s perspective in his presentation ‘Marine Contracting in the Middle East Region’; and the opening plenary session concludes with Chris Rodricks of SEAMEC looking at ‘DP operations offshore India’.

    Topical issues will be very much the order of the day in the parallel marine and diving sessions running through to the mid-afternoon of Day 1, when parallel workshops are held on marine and diving topics. The former include ‘DP incidents’; ‘FMEAs’; and ‘Online diagnostics – How are they being used?’, and, the latter will look at ‘Surface supplied mixed gas diving’; ‘Contaminated water diving’; and ‘Isolations and barriers – one year on’.

    The evening drinks reception and Seminar Dinner take place at the Sunshine Heritage Village. 

    The second day begins with a plenary session when ‘Communicating lessons learned from incidents – A contractor’s approach’ (Lachlan McKelvie – Seabulk Offshore); ‘A flag state approach to offshore regulation’ (Robin Phillips, Bahamas Maritime Authority); and ‘Use of tugs and anchor handlers with DSVs’ (Andy Rodden, Technip) come under the conference spotlight. 

    Once again the delegates will make a choice between the marine or diving parallel sessions before coming together for a joint session on ‘Working offshore Iran’ (Yngve B Berglødt, Statoil) and ‘Digital video – A review of current and future technology’ (Will Primavesi, Saipem/Sonsub).  Joint workshops will then look at ‘Communications’; and ‘Use of tugs and anchor handlers with DSVs’; with ‘SCUBA – replacement operations – regional requirements?’ aimed at the diving community; and ‘Shared use of sensors between DP and survey’ for their marine colleagues.

    The 13th Annual Seminar ends with a beach barbecue hosted by IMCA Middle East & India Section at The Club Abu Dhabi. Member companies exhibiting this year include C-MAR, Divex, Fugro, Kongsberg, Nautronix, Sonardyne, Unique System and Veripos, providing delegates with the opportunity to learn more about the latest developments and the range of products and services on offer.

    Online registration is now open at www.imca-int.com/events/seminar/register.html and the full conference programme is available on the IMCA website at http://www.imca-int.com/events/seminar/ there is also information on discounted accommodation at the Beach Rotana Hotel and Towers. Alternatively, information is available from IMCA at 5 Lower Belgrave Street, London SW1W 0NR, UK. Tel: +44 (0)20 7824 5520; Fax: +44 (0)20 7824 5521; email: events@imca-int.com

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