IMCA unveils guidance on selection of diving vesselsPublications // February 4, 2005
With these challenges in mind, Guidance on the Selection of Vessels of Opportunity for Diving Operations has been developed under the direction of the International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) Diving Division Management Committee by a workgroupof members active in the IMCA Asia-Pacific Section.
The new IMCA publication provides guidance to both clients and contractors when selecting a vessel of opportunity for diving operations; it is not designed to be exhaustive, but is intended to cover the minimum requirements that should be satisfied.
"Many countries do not have specific regulations that govern offshore diving operations and in such cases best practices should prevail which incorporate the client's requirements and specifications together with the diving contractor's safety managementsystems and IMCA codes of practice/guidelines," explains IMCA's technical director, Jane Bugler.
"Our new publication provides generic guidance on assessing the suitability of 'vessels of opportunity' for diving operations and provides an indication of factors to be considered in selection of the diving support vessel (DSV)," she explained.
"The guidance given in our new publication is broad-based and should be considered in conjunction with specific project requirements such as the type or nature of tasks to be undertaken; depth and duration of diving operations; environmental conditions;suitability of accommodation and messing facilities. From a marine perspective we recommend that the DSV be inspected in accordance with our Common Marine Inspection Document and the results of the audit reviewed to assess its suitability for the required operation."
The Selection of Vessels of Opportunity for Diving Operations contains sections on safety; deck and working areas; mooring/positioning; accommodation and messing facilities; medical facilities; and additional services (encompassing communications; powersupplies; cranage; life saving appliances; fire-fighting appliances; other vessel services; and hyperbaric evacuation systems).