IMCA press release number: 15/18
RELEASE DATE: 18 June 2018


 IMCA’s Technical Adviser and Workgroup Chairman to speak at 8th DP Asia Conference & Exhibition

 The International Marine Contractors Association’s (IMCA) Captain Andy Goldsmith, Technical Adviser – Marine, and Captain Mike Meade of M3 Marine and Chairman of the IMCA Reactivation of DP Vessels Workgroup, will be speaking on important aspects of dynamic positioning (DP) at the 8th DP Asia Conference & Exhibition being held in Singapore 27-29 June.

Captain Andy Goldsmith – IMCA Technical Advisor

At the conference on 27 June, Andy Goldsmith and Mike Meade will talk about the work of IMCA members in the Marine Division, with emphasis on current and future DP related activities. This will include the activities of two workgroups. One has developed a scheme for providing accreditation for DP practitioners, and the other has produced a valuable and concise aide memoire for members preparing to reactivate DP vessels following a period of lay-up.

They will also talk about guidance documents IMCA is currently working on and give an overview of the IMCA DP station keeping event reporting scheme.

IMCA has been at the forefront of DP since it was first introduced to the offshore industry. Guidance and station keeping event reports provided by IMCA members are widely used throughout the industry.

Captain Andy Goldsmith said: “Working with IMCA members on the Marine DP Committee, our efforts are concentrated on ensuring greater safety and operational efficiency within the DP fleet. This is reflected in our guidance documents, which are vital for the industry.”

Notes to editors:

About IMCA
IMCA represents the vast majority of offshore marine contractors and the associated supply chain in the world, with members from over 60 countries. It publishes an extensive technical library of guidance documents on operational good practice, safety promotional materials, timely information notes and safety flashes. Its members benefit from a technical structure comprising four main divisions covering Offshore Diving, Marine, Remote Systems & ROVs, and Offshore Surveying.

These are supported by a committee structure focused on: health, safety, security and the environment; competence and training; lifting and rigging; marine policy and regulatory affairs; and contracts and insurance. The association’s global coverage is organized into five geographic regions: Asia-Pacific, Europe & Africa, Middle East & India, North America, and South America.

The IMCA Marine DP Committee provides the following functions:

  • Reviews and revises existing IMCA DP guidance
  • Produces new DP guidance when required
  • Represents IMCA at DP related forums internationally
  • Contributes to IMCA DP workshops
  • Advises on the IMCA DP reporting scheme
  • Promotes DP station keeping reporting
  • Provides industry with DP related lessons learnt

IMCA documents on DP include: ‘Guidelines for the design and operation of dynamically positioned vessels’, ‘The training and experience of key DP personnel’, and Guidance for developing and conducting DP annual trials programmes. These can be found at

Further information on IMCA and its work on behalf of the global offshore marine construction industry is available from and The association has LinkedIn and Facebook groups and its Twitter handle is @IMCAint

MCA Annual Seminar and Technical Seminars

DP will feature prominently at IMCA’s Annual Seminar, 28-29 November at the Hague, the Netherlands.

On the 28 November, IMCA will be promoting the theme of ‘Working Together: Getting back to business – oil companies and contractors finding new ways of working’. This will be followed by comprehensive technical seminars on Diving and Marine, on 29 November. Further information on these can be found on IMCA’s website.

The IMCA Marine Seminar will cover three highly topical subjects – a debate on the pros and cons of remote DP trials; how to encourage Continuous Professional Development for key DP personnel; and discussion on the energy efficiency initiatives by the offshore sector.

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