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    IMCA seminar returns to Asia Pacific

    News // August 14, 2008

    With a host of challenges and opportunities lying ahead for the US$20 billion per annum global  marine contracting industry the 2008 International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) Annual Seminar has the theme ‘Global Alignment in Marine Operations’. It highlights the need for common approaches worldwide in marine construction covering operations, equipment and personnel.

    Following recent successes in Paris, Copenhagen, Abu Dhabi and Singapore, the seminar, the 15th in the annual series, returns to the Asia-Pacific region, on 5-6 November at the Hotel Nikko in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

    In addition to the popular marine and diving session, a new dedicated offshore survey/ROV strand has been added to this year’s programme to better reflect the diverse range of operations carried out by the marine contracting industry. The seminar is endorsed by IADC and OGP.

    “We have a truly compelling programme in place, with a mix of plenary sessions, parallel sessions on subject-specific topics; and workshops that will see delegates considering some vital issues facing the industry and coming up with findings that help to steer the IMCA work programme,” explained the association’s chief executive, Hugh Williams. “This year’s seminar is hosted by our rapidly growing Asia-Pacific Section; and Andy Bolton, Chairman of the Section from Technip Subsea 7 Asia Pacific will be welcoming delegates in his opening address.”

    Jane Bugler, IMCA’s technical director looks at plans for the first day: “Following the opening plenary session when senior industry speakers, including IMCA President Knut Boe of Technip, Phil Blomfield of Sarawak Shell, and Sean Salter of Woodside will address the ‘Global Alignment in Marine Operations’ theme,  the seminar will look at ‘The Samarang pipeline replacement project – application of an innovative approach for shallow water pipeline installation’; ‘Sapura 3000 – remote intervention’; and ‘Pipelay operations; and Innovative well operations from a DP II vessel’, before dividing into three parallel sessions.

    “These sessions will be devoted to Marine, Diving and Survey/ROV issues, with three highly topical presentations in each. The Marine session will look at ‘New building in challenging times – the conception of a Pipelay ship’; FMEAs for DP vessels – towards global standardisation; and ‘Specification and redundancy of satellite-based positioning systems for DP vessels. Topics covered in the Diving session are ‘Extended umbilicals’, ‘Diving system audits – the past,  the present and the future’, and ‘Acergy Havila – new generation DSV – what are the benefits and to whom?’. And our inaugural Survey and ROV stream covers ‘You said ‘ROV friendly’’, ‘Acoustic and inertial navigation solutions: DP and ROV applications’; and ‘Wreck visualisation technology’.

    “The first working day then moves on to Workshops – delegates have a choice of five different workshops on ‘FMEAs for DP class I vessels’; ‘Harmony in DP system design’; ‘Diver training and competence’; ‘Diving in the vicinity of pipelines, on wellheads and the need for isolations’; and ‘ROV training’. It’s a packed day!”

    Day Two

    The second day opens with a joint plenary session featuring presentations on ‘How simulators can enhance safety, teamwork and human performance in the industry’; ‘Lifting equipment regulatory compliance – implementing standards across global fleet operations’; and ‘Safety management in Thailand’ before once again, moving to three parallel sessions, this time with three presentations in each.

    “On the second day our Marine stream will have presentations on ‘BP goes for consistency with a group marine standard’; ‘Fatigue testing of large diameter multi-strand wire ropes for offshore installation tasks’; and NASNet field wide positioning technology for deepwater construction and drilling applications’,” explains Jane Bugler. “The Diving stream looks at ‘Long-term health issues’; ‘Hyperbaric lifeboat evacuation plans’; and ‘Reliability and evolution in diving technology’; and the Survey and ROV stream focuses on ‘3D visualisation – more than just an animation’; ‘Reliability of survey grade USBL’; and ‘High speed low noise survey ROV operations on the Acergy Viking’.”

    Then it’s back to a plenary session with ‘Health in the workplace’; and ‘The search for HMAS Sydney – DOF Subsea’s role in solving the mystery’; before the conference once again moves to workshops on Security issues – supply chain management and Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC); Simulator training; Vessel assurance; Lifting; and Advances in safety-related diving equipment.

    More than 20 of IMCA’s supplier members will be showcasing their latest products and services in the exhibition area alongside the conference hall. Delegates will have time to visit the exhibition during refreshment breaks as well as at the ‘welcome reception’.

    Networking opportunities play an important role at all IMCA events, and the Annual Seminar is no exception to the rule. Delegates are invited to a drinks and buffet reception in the exhibition area at the Hotel Nikko during the evening of Tuesday 4 November; then on the 5 November there is the traditional Seminar Dinner; and a post-seminar drinks and buffet reception on 6 November.

    The Seminar Dinner is being held at Restoran Seri Melayu, situated right in the heart Kuala Lumpur at the centre of "The Golden Triangle".

    Maintaining the Malay cultural heritage, the restaurant inherits the gable roof reminiscent of both Perak and Malacca influence. At the top of the roof is the traditional "Tunjuk Langit" with the handcarved "Balung Ayam". Inside the central pillar "Tiang Seri" has great symbolic significance. Delegates will experience a total Malay Heritage experience including authentic Malay cuisine, music and dance.

    The venue for the final evening’s event is Restoran Seri Angkasa at 282m above ground level in the KL Tower with panoramic views of the Kuala Lumpur City Centre and the Klang Valley.  It is ranked the fourth highest revolving restaurant in the world and the highest in South East Asia.

    For the first time, this year’s event includes a social programme for delegates’ partners.

    Further information on all aspects of the 2008 IMCA Annual Seminar from  or from IMCA at 5 Lower Belgrave Street, London SW1W 0NR, UK. Tel: +44 (0)20 7824 5520; Fax: (0)20 7824 5521;


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