Those five years have seen phenomenal growth of IMCA worldwide, and of its Middle East & India Section – the seminar’s host. 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.
“Our last Annual Seminar was held in Rio de Janeiro in November 2009 when we had 600 members globally; since then we have seen unprecedented growth,” says Hugh Williams, Chief Executive of IMCA. “What a year it has been too – not only has the industry navigated the stormy waters of global economic problems and an industry downturn, but faced the challenges following the Deepwater Horizon incident, an event that will certainly shape activities and projects in the years to come. Both will undoubtedly be talking points in Dubai in November with members of the global marine contracting industry, and their clients able to enjoy networking time as well as our formal sessions.”
This year’s two-day event has the highly topical theme “Delivering Value in Marine Operations”, a theme that Easa S Al Sarkal, the offshore logistics specialist from ZADCO will address in his keynote presentation on the first day. Stewart Fraser, Health, Safety and Security Manager, OGP (International Association of Oil and Gas Producers) will also deliver a keynote address. His will be on the theme ‘Working together/adding value’.
“There is a universal drive to undertake tasks more efficiently, to retain high safety levels, and to squeeze out waste and unnecessary costs,” says Mr Williams. “It is true to say that no clients and no contractors have money to waste. Cost effective, safe working practices are all-important throughout the industry – every pound or dollar really counts. I look forward to both Easa Al Sarkal’s and Stewart Fraser’s take on this – their views will help determine the mood of the seminar.
The keynote presentation session is followed by a plenary session which sees presentations on ‘Delivering value by better integration of ROV operations’, ‘Caspian Sea – operational changes’ and ‘Yours, theirs and mine: complexity or chaos in marine offshore management systems?’ before the conference splits into parallel sessions addressing topical issues on marine, diving, ROV and survey; and then workshop looking at AUVs, CMID – the IMCA Common Marine Inspection Document, crewing management, SPS code, and hyperbaric evacuation.
The second day of the seminar has two plenary sessions with presentations on ‘Delivering value in lifting operations – the current issues’; ‘New vessels and equipment for subsea operations’; ‘Stereoscopic 3D visualisation tools for offshore construction projects’; ‘Offshore crane operator training using simulators’; two presentations on security offshore – ‘Operating in high risk areas – the Dockwise strategy’ and ‘Convoy management – offshore East Africa;’ as well as parallel sessions again looking at topical marine, diving, ROV and survey issues; and workshops on simulators in training; security emergency response; DESIGN/DSAA; installing ROVs on vessels; and a final one that will be the delegates’ choice on the day.
“Our seminar combines presentations, and workshops that will in their turn help determine the association’s ongoing work programme,” says Hugh Williams. “Having deliverables is essential, both to us and to our members. More than 300 from all over the world attended the 17th Annual Seminar and ensured a busy year for those of us in the secretariat. We are looking for more of the same this year. I urge you to attend what will be a compelling two days.”
A 21-exhibitor exhibition runs alongside the conference and is being held in the area used for coffee and lunch breaks; and there is a full programme of social events. A drinks reception will be held the evening before the seminar opens; the seminar dinner in the desert will be held on the first evening of the event and a beach barbeque at Le Méridien Beach Resort and Spa Hotel on the second.
We have asked exhibitors what they will be featuring at IMCA’s Annual Seminar – here is a flavour of their responses; more information will be posted on the IMCA website in the press release area as information is received from more of the exhibitors:
will be launching the new Sub Aspida. This is a truly 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.
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.
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.
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
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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.
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