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    IMCA's Scandinavian summer

    News // August 24, 2006

    The International Marine Contractor's Association (IMCA) says more than 30 of its members are participating in ONS 2006 in Stavanger this week, and notes that many of them will be in Scandinavia again in mid-September to take part in the 14th Annual IMCA Seminar in Copenhagen (19-20 September at the Copenhagen Marriott Hotel).

    “I am delighted to see such a range of our members here at ONS. Having already spoken to many of them I know how useful they are finding their time at the show,” said IMCA’s Chief Executive, Hugh Williams.

    “IMCA brings together the experience and expertise of over 300 member companies in more than 35 countries; and the members who are exhibiting represent some of our major international contracting organisations; an array of other contractors and suppliers representing companies of various sizes; training establishments and corresponding members (who include major oil and gas companies). Like me, many of them will be spreading the word about IMCA during the remaining days of ONS and encouraging established and new contacts to join us in Copenhagen next month.”

    The Annual Seminar

    With its theme ‘Diversity in Marine Contracting’ the 14th Annual IMCA Seminar is designed to reflect the rich expansion of activity currently underway in the offshore oil and gas industry.

    “This year our annual seminar returns to Europe, a region where new platforms, subsea facilities and major pipelines are being installed; innovative solutions being found and where decommissioning of aging structures draws ever-nearer,” explained Williams. 

    “Just thinking of the topical issues reflecting this increasing and varied range of activities, I sense an added buzz in the air here at ONS, and know that there will be a similar atmosphere when we stage the seminar in Copenhagen. IMCA is in every sense a cross-industry facilitator, bringing together members from all regions of the world, who reflect a broad range of activities, and are eager to share their experiences of challenges and opportunities.”

    Organised by all four IMCA technical divisions – Marine, Diving, Offshore Survey and Remote systems & ROV, the conference programme reflects the wide range of operations carried out within the marine contracting industry but with common interest reflected in every included theme. 

    Endorsed by IADC and OGP, the seminar will bring together engineers, managers and offshore personnel from contractors, clients, consultants, equipment manufacturers and others from around the global industry.
    Opening day

    Held over two days with networking opportunities the evening before the seminar starts and on both days of the event, the seminar opens with a welcome address by Robin Davies of Subsea 7 who chairs IMCA’s Europe & Africa Section; and keynote addresses by Frits Janmaat, Vice President Finance, Legal & Commercial, Allseas – IMCA’s President; Tom Røtjer, Senior Vice President, Projects, Norsk Hydro; Don Vardeman, Vice President Facility Engineering, Kerr McGee and Dave Conway, Vice President, Supply Chain, Shell.
    “This is probably the highest level opening session we have staged at any IMCA seminar; we are looking forward to hearing topical and commercial views on the marine contracting market including availability of vessels and personnel from these key representatives of the industry,” Hugh Williams explained.

    Two streams

    As at past IMCA seminars the event then splits into marine and diving sessions. In the marine session, Maersk’s Niels Elmbo will be addressing challenges his company has faced in adapting to construction activities; speakers from Saipem will look at ‘motion forecasting and monitoring for offshore installations and decommissioning operations’; and. DP incidents: learning the lessons’ will be presented by Pete Somner of Subsea 7 and Andy Rodden of Technip.

    ‘Guidelines on surface positioning installations and use of high accuracy position in DP’ is the topic David Russell of Veripos will cover; and Nils Albert Jenssen from Kongsberg will ensure that ‘innovations within integrated systems for navigation, DP and automation’ come under the conference spotlight.  Delegates will hear about ‘DDPS – a Petrobras DP safety programme’ from Afonso André Pallaoro of Petrobras. 

    “We are delighted that he is joining us, it helps to emphasise how truly international the event is as a, perhaps predominantly, European audience hears at first hand about the programme developed for safe DP vessel operations in the world’s largest deepwater province - offshore Brazil,” said Williams.

    Diving topics under discussion will be just as relevant and will cover ‘failure of diving equipment – how and what to look for when auditing’ (Mike Jessop, Hydra Marine); DNV’s approach to ‘certification of diving equipment through the eyes’ of Sverre Gylseth from the classification society; and ‘contamination monitoring’, a presentation by Allan Cameron of Subsea 7.

    After lunch John Greensmyth of Technip will look at ‘diver medic/first aid – on-the-job drills and exercises’; David Parkes, Diver Certification Board of Canada discusses ‘diver training and how it is arranged and monitored’; and a speaker from Geo Subsea will talk about ‘saturation diving on a dam repair project’.

    The conference then moves to parallel workshops on surface positioning integrity, marine crew training and competence, first aid and diver medic training; contamination monitoring; and a “delegates’ choice workshop. 

    “This year we have spelled out in some detail the topics we expect will be covered in each workshop to help delegates decide which ones are best suited to their needs,” explained IMCA’s Technical Director, Jane Bugler.

    The conference reconvenes for workshop summaries and feedback and then delegates enjoy dinner at the Danmarks Akvarium surrounded by tanks of fish.

    Day 2

    A joint plenary session starts the second day of the IMCA seminar with topics under discussion including ‘moving safety forward’ (Finn Brodersen, Maersk); a report on ’competence, communication and control: the story so far of the IMCA Crane & Winch Operations Workgroup’ by Wallace Robertson of Well Ops; and ‘diving in anchor patterns by Joar Gangenes of Acergy.

    In the two parallel sessions prior to lunch, the marine session will focus on the ‘realities of FMEA/FMECA’ as seen by Chris Jenman of Global Maritime; ‘recurring flaws in DP Class 2 and 3 redundancy concepts’ with Steve Cargill, PML; and Knut Morken of Acergy’s views on  ‘an approach to black box testing of critical software systems on DP Class 2 vessels’.

    Meanwhile, the diving session will be considering ‘hyperbaric arrangements on a new build’ (Sjur Lothe of Technip); ‘experiences from the Sapphire conversion to a DSV’ with David Forsyth, Bibby Offshore; and Calum Buchanan, RBG Ltd on ‘diving in support of marine operations’.

    Another joint session in which ‘removal of external steel on the Frigg field by use of ROVs, subsea tools and rope access techniques’ (Geir Helge Bachmann, DeepOcean); and ‘Installation of external conductor guides on an existing North Sea Platform – a contractors’ experience’ (Steve Beddows, Technip) paves the way to workshops on ‘challenges for FMEAs’; ‘vessel security’ – discussing the work of the IMCA Security Task Force; ‘effecting communications during lifting operations’; and ‘challenges for improving the working environment of the diver’.

    “We certainly have a packed and stimulating programme, and I know that delegates will continue discussing many of the issues they have heard over the two days as they enjoy the seminar ‘finale’ at the world famous Tivoli Gardens,” says Hugh Williams.


    The small exhibition that runs alongside the seminar features supplier members of IMCA including Divex, Fugro Seastar, Kongsberg Maritime, Nautronix and Veripos and enables delegates to learn more about the latest technological developments and range of products and services on offer.

    Further information on membership of IMCA and on  all aspects of the seminar is available from IMCA at and from as well as from the associaton at 5 Lower Belgrave Street, London SW1W 0NR, UK.  Tel: +44 (0)20 7824 5520; Fax: +44 (0)20 7824 5521.


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