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Days to go before IMCA’S Annual Seminar opens in UAE

United Arab Emirates: Thursday, November 18 - 2010 @ 12:48

“What more topical theme could there possibly be?” asks IMCA’s Chief Executive, Hugh Williams. “These have been challenging times for all sectors of the industry both in terms of the global economy, and the impact of events of 22 April 2010 in the Gulf of Mexico, that will shape our industry in the years to come, and ‘value’ in both financial and quality terms heads the list of expectations throughout the offshore supply chain.

“Our plenary session speakers – Easa S Al Sarkal, the offshore logistics specialist from Zakum Development Company (ZADCO), Stewart Fraser, Health, Safety and Security Manager, OGP (International Association of Oil and Gas Producers), Neil Milne of IMCA’s Remote Systems & ROV Division Management Committee, Fazel Fazelbhoy of Topaz Marine and Lance Birdsall and Tanya Vernon of Veoliaon Day 1; and John Payne of Hallin Marine, Anders Arve Wagage of DOF ASA and Vibor Paravic of Saipem – Sonsub Division on Day 2 – will all be using the ‘Delivering Value in Marine Operations’ theme for their addresses which cover issues of vital importance to all working offshore.

“The theme will then be taken up within our marine, diving, ROV and offshore survey parallel sessions and in the diverse workshops taking place over the two days that help determine IMCA’s work programme. Cost effective, safe working practices are all-important throughout the industry – every pound or dollar really counts, and this seminar will point the way to ever greater success.

“We look forward to welcoming engineers, managers and offshore personnel from contractors, clients, consultants, equipment manufacturers, regulators and elsewhere from the global industry, and to a great deal of constructive debate both during the formal sessions, and during the more relaxed networking sessions. With a Welcome Reception on 22 November, a Seminar Dinner and a Beach Barbeque as well as networking opportunities throughout both days at the lunch and other refreshment breaks, there are plenty of prospects for renewing old acquaintances and making new ones.

”Since the Annual Seminar was last held in the UAE in 2005, there has been phenomenal growth of IMCA worldwide, and of its Middle East & India Section – the seminar’s host,” he adds. “The association has well in excess of 700 members worldwide (there were just 295 at seminar time in 2005), and the Section has more than doubled in size in the five years, from 58 to 120 member companies.”

The lunch, tea and coffee breaks also provide an opportunity to visit the associated exhibition spotlighting the services and products of some of IMCA’s supplier members. Preview information has been supplied by some of the 21 exhibitors:

Air Products is a global supplier of welding, speciality and diving gases for the offshore industry. The company operates in key offshore locations including Aberdeen, Brazil, Dubai and Singapore. Offering total gas solutions, innovative products and a standardised product range to customers around the world – backed by the highest standards of safety and service.www.airproducts.com.

Analox Sensor Technology LTD will be launching the new Sub Aspida. This is a compact and cost effective air chamber monitor. They will also be pre/launching or introducing the new SDA series (O2, CO2 and O2 control varieties) and also featuring the Hyper-Gas MKII. In launching a product (Sub Aspida) they will be providing a sneak preview to a great product range that will be launched in 2011 (SDA series). This featured exhibit is used by/of use to: anyone involved in commercial diving, ship builders, dive technicians, health & safety officers, saturation managers, equipment/asset managers. Their new interactive website offers an interactive product locator tool. They are currently nominated finalists for the Orange National Business awards, winners will be announced on 9th November 2010. www.analox.net.

C-MAR Group will be featuring the C-MAR Group’s integrated services to the owners and operators of DP vessels. The C-MAR Group is the only company offering operator, maintenance and familiarisation training, FMEA’s/audits/CMID/sea trials and electrical engineering, crewing, consultancy and IT/communication services. www.c-mar.com.

Drass Group of Companies will exhibit the Modular Hyperbaric Reception Facility. The stand will offer video and computer presentation of the Modular Hyperbaric Reception Facility, Saturation Automatic Control System, Modular Saturation System. The Modular Hyperbaric Reception Facility makes available the Hyperbaric Reception to a DSV without need for a land based facility, and is used by/of use to: diving operators and contractors; and training facilities. Other exhibits will include: saturation automatic control system, and modular saturations systems. They are used by/of use to: diving operators and contractors, and training facilities. www.drass.it.

Fugro Seastar AS will feature the SeaSTAR G2 precise positioning service which has now entered into operational service. Specifically designed for high end applications in offshore dynamic positioning, G2 utilises both the American GPS satellite constellation and the Russian GLONASS satellite constellation to produce a composite position fix. Not only does this approach give enhanced reliability it also provides improved service availability when part of the horizon is blocked by obstructions such as a rig derrick. They will show G2 animation on a DVD screen.

Fugro Seastar AS is the world market leader in delivery of satellite-based high performance position reference services for Dynamic Positioning applications. The company offers a range of services with both metre level and decimetre level accuracy. In addition to different service options there are different data delivery paths available to ensure true system independence in DP2 or DP3 applications.

Recently the new G2 service has been added to the product range. G2 is a composite service incorporating corrections for both the American GPS navigation satellite constellation and the Russian GLONASS navigation satellite constellation.

Fugro Seastar AS is a wholly owned subsidiary of Fugro N.V with group headquarters in the Netherlands. Fugro collects and interprets data related to the earth’s surface and the soils and rocks beneath providing relevant advice to the oil and gas industry, the mining industry and the construction industry. The company was founded in 1962 and has been listed on Euronext N.V. in Amsterdam since 1992. Fugro has 275 offices, 13,500 staff and a permanent presence in over 50 countries as well as operating a fleet of more than 50 vessels. www.fugroseastar.no.

Hyperbaric Manufacting BV – Hytech will focus on the Hytech – Oceanwide offshore RIB with onboard transportable decompression chamber and surface supplier dive system. They will have a model of their self-propelled hyperbaric lifeboat, and photographs of their transport chamber and wetbell dive system on their stand marking the launch of their new product of use to the commercial diving industry, shipyards, and ship operators. They will also show information on their full range of air/mix gas during equipment used by the world wide operating dive contractors. www.hytech.nl.

Kongsberg Maritime AS will feature products including K-Master, K-Bridge and K-Pos as well as Kongsberg Maritime in general. K-Master, the new integrated workstation for aft bridge.www.kongsberg.com.

National Hyperbaric Centre will feature their Subsea training course – Life Support Technician, Diver Medic, etc. The NHC facilities for subsea training are like no other in the world, with their operational saturation system and large dive tank, trainees can get real hands on training in real working conditions. This featured exhibit is used by/of use to: Divers and candidates who want to advance/interested in a career in the subsea industry. www.nationalhyperbariccentre.com.

Technical Diving Equipment Pommec BV will feature their revolutionary “LARS Lite”. Different from the traditional systems, it concentrates especially on safety, size and quality. The stainless steel winches are mounted up in the A-frame itself, there are no dangerous cables hanging around to endanger the divers or crew members. Two of these high technology systems, complete with hydraulic powerpacks, fit in a high cube open top 20” container – it’s very compact! They use only the highest quality available for these systems in order to increase operating lifetime.

Besides their LARS Lite they will also present their recompression chambers, wetbell systems and Seabotix ROVs. They will soon launch their brand new website to increase their customer service level. www.pommec.com.

Trelleborg Protective Products AB hope to present a new Viking Hot Water suit in a very durable but still soft and flexible vulcanized rubber material. The suit has upgraded internal distribution tubings for the hot water. They will display diving suits on the stand including the new Hot Water suit and dry diving suits optimized for diving in contaminated waters. The seminar is a way for them to meet with the offshore diving market which is a fairly new segment of the diving market for them. Other exhibits will include: Underwater Intervention and DEMA.

Trelleborg Protective Products is one of the world’s leading producers of personal protective equipment and other related products. Through the world renowned brand names Trellchem and Viking, Trelleborg Protective Products develops and manufactures chemical protective suits, dry diving suits and a wide range of custom-made products.

Trelleborg Protective Products is one of the companies in the Trelleborg Group, a global engineering group whose leading positions are based on advanced polymer technology and in-depth applications know-how. The Trelleborg Group develops high-performance solutions that seal, damp and protect in demanding environments.

Trelleborg AB was founded in 1905 and its Headquarters are located in Trelleborg, Sweden. In 2009, the Group employed about 20,000 people in 44 countries. www.trelleborg.com/en/Protective.

Veripos LTD will be showing their new high accuracy APEX service and their new LD6 hardware. They will have a software demonstration running on their stand. Theirs is an independent system using latest technology. It is for use by DP vessel operators for station keeping and by surveyors for precise positioning. Veripos will be establishing a presence in UAE in early 2011. www.veripos.com.

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