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IMCA annual seminar preview 2014

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With over a week to go before the International Marine Contractors Association’s (IMCA) Annual Seminar takes place at London’s Landmark Hotel, it has already broken all previous records, with over 500 delegates from 30 countries registered. Additionally it has nine sponsoring organisations, 34 exhibiting companies, and the seminar is endorsed by 14 organisations.

“We are delighted to have reached the 500 mark and have now reached capacity so put up the ‘SOLD OUT’ sign,” says Chris Charman, the association’s Chief Executive. “We certainly have a highly relevant and topical theme in ‘Where next for the offshore marine industry’ and a superb line up, including keynote addresses by Malcolm Webb, Chief Executive of Oil & Gas UK; Massimo Fontolan, of Saipem, IMCA’s current President; Judith Hackitt, of HSE; and Mr Daiji Zhang, Executive Vice President of CDSA (the China Diving & Salvage Contractors Association) with whom IMCA has recently signed an agreement.

“Ours is an exciting industry that plays a vital role. Its vessels account for 4% of the world’s maritime fleet. Collectively our members employ some 350 000 people and have an annual turnover of around US$ 150 billion. They work in all the world’s major offshore areas, delivering large offshore oil and gas and marine renewables projects around the globe that quite literally fuel the global economy.

“Formal presentations are being given on Marine, Diving, Offshore Survey; Remote Systems and ROV, as well as Competence & Training and Safety, Environment & Legislation issues. And both days feature Workshops on such varied topics as DP FMEAs, Diving system FMEAs, Shared sensors: ROV/Offshore Survey; Learning from incidents; Key DP personnel: dilution of skills; DP incident reporting; Subsea lifting & rigging; Live high voltage short circuit testing; Competence assurance – 15 years on; and Exploring the deep post Macondo. The Workshops are an invaluable aid to planning our future work programme on behalf of members.”

Networking plays an important role at all IMCA events around the globe, and the 2014 Annual Seminar is no exception. Delegates, speakers, sponsors and exhibitors are set to enjoy the welcome reception held the evening before the conference begins; the ‘Night at the Museum’ on 19 November when a reception and dinner will be held at the Natural History Museum. And then, following the completion of the Seminar on 20 November, it will be time for the wrap-up ‘Night at the Circus’ Drinks Reception at the Jewel Bar at the heart of Piccadilly Circus.

Edited from source by Elizabeth Corner

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