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    IMCA publishes call for papers for 2009 seminar

    Organisations and Associations // January 27, 2009

    Challenging times call for innovative technological developments and operational experience, so those are the topics which the International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) is looking for in publishing its Call for Papers for the 2009 IMCA Annual Seminar.

    It is the seventeenth in the series and is being held 4-5 November in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Abstracts of 250+ words should be submitted to by 27 February 2009.

    “Marine contractors around the world are facing increasingly testing times working in deeper and ever more hostile waters as well as facing the global financial crisis and the pressures of dramatically lower oil prices than during 2008,” said IMCA’s Chief Executive, Hugh Williams.

    “With its theme ‘Integrated Marine Operations in Challenging Times’ this year’s seminar is set to bring those working in the industry together to discuss the challenges they have experienced, and those that lie ahead. Members and non-members alike, these are the people actively involved in offshore operations. What they discuss in Rio will help determine the IMCA future work programme.“

    The event is organised by all four IMCA technical divisions and will include separate Marine, Diving and Offshore Survey/ROV sessions.

    The format will include keynote presentations on commercial/contracting issues, plenary sessions, streamed presentation sessions and parallel workshops on a variety of issues, as well as the associated exhibition of supplier members and variety of social and networking events. Simultaneous translation from English to Portuguese and Portuguese to English will be provided at the seminar.

    Full details of the Call for Papers is available at Abstracts are sought on all aspects of offshore contracting including deep water technology and equipment (current and evolving technology for deepwater operations); diving (key developments and advances in diving equipment and operations); ROV and AUV operations (developments in ROV and AUV technology particularly focused on deep water operations); and offshore survey (technical challenges in surveying operations in deepwater environment).

    “There is a list of sub-headings on which we are looking forward to receiving the abstracts on the website,” explained Williams.

    The 2008 seminar, held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, broke all records, with over 430 delegates from 170+ companies in 30+ countries and also 24 exhibiting companies.

    Delegates included offshore and onshore management and operational staff together with equipment suppliers, consultants, oil company representatives and regulators.

    Further information on the Seminar will be published in the coming months on the IMCA website at and will be 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:



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