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    IMCA issues call for papers

    News // February 6, 2006

    Autumn 2006 sees the return of the International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) Annual Seminar to Europe. The call for papers for the 14th IMCA Annual Seminar has been issued and plans are already underway for the 2006 event to be held in Copenhagen, Denmark 19-20th September.

    "We gained valuable experience from new delegates in the Middle East & India region in 2005 when the Annual Seminar was held in Abu Dhabi and in 2004 from Asia-Pacific Section members at the Singapore event and will be bringing this experience to our 2006 seminar in Copenhagen,” said Jane Bugler, Technical Director of IMCA.

    “Our steering committee set up to organise the event has agreed that the format should be similar to that of the 2004/5 events - an IMCA division-wide seminar with both plenary sessions and separate marine and diving sessions. There will be an additional focus on senior industry speakers on more commercial topics to start day one. We are eager to receive suggestions of papers, presentations and topics for inclusion in the programme, including the range reflected previously of operational experience, technological developments and current issues.  The particular theme for this year is diversity in marine contracting operations.”

    All suggestions should be emailed to Jane Bugler at Jane.Bugler@imca-int.com.

    More than 250 delegates attended the IMCA Annual Seminar held in Abu Dhabi on 22-23 November 2005. The 13th annual seminar was a joint Marine and Diving event with input from the other two IMCA technical divisions - Offshore Survey and Remote Systems & ROV - with the theme ‘Expanding Marine Contracting - Shaping the Future of Diving, DP and Marine Construction Practices’.

    Participants included offshore and onshore management and operational staff, together with a range of specialist consultants, equipment manufacturers and client and regulatory representatives.

    The subjects covered in the presentations ranged from topical issues such as marine contracting in the Middle East region through discussion of operational practices such as the use of tugs with DSVs and the latest technological developments to lessons learned from operational experience. The seminar also included a number of workshops and a well-supported exhibition where relevant equipment and services were on display. 

    A report on the 2005 event appears at www.imca-int.com/divisions/marine/publications/180.html and copies of the CD are available to members at £30 +VAT and non-members at £60 +VAT.

    Further information on the work of the trade association and on the seminar is available from IMCA, 5 Lower Belgrave Street, London SW1W 0NR, UK
    Tel: +44 (0) 20 7824 5520; Fax: +44 (0) 20 7824 5521; and at www.imca-int.com

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