19.07.2017
IMCA — COMPETENCE ASSURANCE AND ASSESSMENT — GUIDANCE DOCUMENT AND COMPETENCE TABLES

The present formal release prepared by the Marine Division of IMCA is mainly intended to provide required technical guidance detailing a working framework of competence assurance as well as the assessment for the personnel who are considered critical for safety and working for all organizations that are forming the IMCA.

It has been prepared by the IMCA specialists on the basis of the numerous activity reports as well as relevant recommendations officially provided by several working groups. The publication is covering a truly wide range of positions within the marine, offshore and underwater engineering industries involved in serving the oil & gas exploration and production sector.

The authors of the volume are planning to further expand the content of the present guidance to a wider range of competencies. This nice volume aims to clearly specify the minimum applicable standards as well as qualifications plus the minimum professional experience to ensure the personnel competency, and the assurance framework that shows how exactly the proficiency should be developed and demonstrated.

The publication shall definitely be treated as an excellent reference paper that details the technical procedures, applicable criteria and recording system that should be implemented and further applied for proper assessing the competence of the "safety-critical" personnel.​

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19.07.2017
IMCA — INTERNATIONAL CODE OF PRACTICE FOR OFFSHORE DIVING

The present formal paper prepared by the IMCA specialists and officially released by this organization has been primarily intended to assist all personnel involved in the offshore diving activities, contractor and client reps, owners of the vessels and crew members who are directly involved in the diving operations, OIMs (offshore installation managers) and rig managers employing divers, client representatives who are usually involved in the preparation of contracts and other documentation associated with the forthcoming diving operations, and in fact all other personnel involved in quality assurance and safety in any way.

The present IMCA Code is offering the examples of god working practice and provides all interested parties with necessary advice on different ways in which the offshore diving activities can be done safely and effectively. It has to be noted that the provisions of the present Code have no any legal status; however, so many courts would definitely take into consideration a fact that a company providing the offshore diving services, was carrying out the associated works using the safe and officially accepted working practices. Apart from the intro, the publication provides the explanation of the terms, duties and responsibilities, info on the equipment, personnel, medical matters, work planning, emergency and contingency plans, and documentation.

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19.07.2017
IMCA — A GUIDE TO DP—RELATED DOCUMENTATIONS FOR DP VESSELS

The title of this IMCA-released publication is self-explanatory - it is dedicated to the documentation related to the dynamic positioning systems installed on the ships. This volume appeared as a result of the thorough review, analysis and update of the 109 DPVOA publication released by Global Maritime years ago, in 1993. At that time the purpose was to work out a common technical approach to the documentation required to be carried on board DP ships.

There have been a number of serious developments since then resulted in completely new guidance papers, introduction of the ISM Code, CMID and others - and, of course, practical experience was gained and lessons were learned. The implementation and use of the computers has also played the significant role in accelerating of the process - it allowed a huge amount of information be available both on board and ashore in the electronic format easy to access and retrieve.

The present publication is aimed to provide all interested parties with a possible means of even better arrangement of the documentation relating to the shipboard DP systems. It shall be considered a non-mandatory but still very useful and practical guide to the relevant documentation. Numerous checklists included in this volume will also help the DP operators better arrange the associated documentation.

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19.07.2017
EFFECTIVENESS OF INTERNATIONAL REGULATION OF POLLUTION CONTROLS — THE CASE OF THE GOVERNANCE OF SHIP EMISSIONS

This document replaces an interim report of January 2012 and concerns the effectiveness of international regulations on ship's sulphur emissions, based on observation of ship inspections in the United Kingdom and Sweden and on interviews with regulators, inspectors and industry stakeholders. A second, related report is planned on issues concerning the enforcement of prospective regulations on vessels' carbon emissions.

There is currently a 'culture of compliance' in the industry, but operator compliance depends crucially on the perception that one's competitors are also compliant — the 'level playing field'. Only fragmentary lab-test evidence of compliance levels is available. On the one hand, some commercial laboratories have made available summaries of the test results from large numbers of samples sent to them for commercial purposes. These results are mainly valuable as an indicator of the proportions of off-spec fuel being supplied as bunkers, rather than as an indicator of regulatory avoidance, since ship operators practicing regulatory avoidance are unlikely to send samples for testing.

On the other hand, some authorities, such as the Swedish Maritime Administration and the Dutch Human Environment and Transport Inspectorate, are collecting quasi random fuel samples for testing, but the numbers of such samples are small and some of the sampling may be intelligence-led...

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18.07.2017
ARCTIC SHIPPING — POSITION PAPER

And here is another very small publication, namely a document titled the "Arctic Shipping Position Paper", and it has been prepared and subsequently published by the ICS - that abbreviation stands for the "International Chamber of Shipping" - some time ago.

The original declared purpose of the compilers team of the present paper was to try and establish some major principles related to the governance of shipping activities in the Arctic geographical area plus the regulation of all vessels that are commonly navigating there.

The tables in the present booklet provide required info related to the reduction in major marine oil spills, comparison of carbon dioxide emissions occurring between various transport modes, together with the IMO agreement addressing all applicable technical regulations intended to assist with reduction in the ships' CO2, i.e. carbon dioxide. This useful reference document also outlines the seven fundamental principles.

In short, we would definitely note that this document should be treated as an attempt to establish some underlying principles relating to the governance of the relevant shipping activities in the Arctic region together with the regulations applicable to the vessels that are involved in navigation in the Arctic waters. A good supplementary document to be onboard of every ship navigating in the subject region.

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16.07.2017
EXERCITIUM — EUROPEAN HANDBOOK OF MARITIME SECURITY EXERCISES AND DRILLS

Ports are complex places, covering a wide area with many kilometres of quays and involving hundreds of companies and thousands of people. There are just as many points and times when security may be compromised, either through human error or through malicious intent. We cannot afford not to be thoroughly prepared for such occasions.

We can do this only by having detailed Security Plans and by exercising these plans in realistic settings. While theoretical knowledge is important, we have to practice the relevant skills so that we know they will work in an emergency. It is therefore no coincidence that European Regulation 725/2004 requires under ISPS Code Part В para. 18.5 and 18.6 that drills and exercises should be held on a regular basis.

Drills have to be conducted at least every three months, testing individual elements of the Security Plan. Exercises should be carried out at least once each calendar year. They test communication coordination, resource availability and response of the several services involved in security. These exercises may be full-scale or live, tabletop simulations and seminars or combined with other exercises, such as emergency response or other state authority exercises.

This Regulation points the way for ports and port facilities to learn the necessary practical skills, to test the feasibility of their plans and to be ready for the moment that the plan actually has to be put into operation. These security drills are extremely important because they enable us to gain live experience of the importance of networks between people collaborating across the boundaries between levels and organisations.

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16.07.2017
EMERGENCY RESPONSE AND RESCUE VESSEL SURVEY GUIDELINES

These valuable guidelines were prepared and officially released by the ERRVA together with the OGUK in order to provide the participants of the offshore industry with the necessary technical guidance to all operators and charterers of the ERRVs and marine surveyors to help them better assess the suitability of the vessels of the above mentioned type, servicing the offshore rigs, platforms and other installations and providing the required arrangements for the most effective response and recovery by offshore HSE legislation.

They were worked out following the extensive consultation with the MCA, HSE and a group of professionals and other interested parties. They describe what is commonly treated as a good offshore industry practice and recognized standards in order to enable the ship to carry out their fundamental functions of the offshore standby. It shall be noted that the provisions outlined in the present document are not considered mandatory, and the vessel operators are free to adopt different recognized standards in particular situations where following  these recommendations will provide at least the equivalent or better safety level.

Among the topics covered in the document there are the certification process, stability, design and construction criteria, accommodation and various facilities for survived people, ERRV equipment, radio communications and others.

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16.07.2017
EMERGENCY RESPONSE AND RESCUE VESSEL MANAGEMENT GUIDELINES

The present guidebook has been intended to provide the crew members and Masters of the EERVs, standing for the "emergency response and rescue vessels", as well as the OIMs, i.e. offshore installation managers and all other personnel involved in the offshore operations, with the general technical guidance regarding the proper conduct of those operations as part of the recovery arrangements.

This publication opens with the list of references and acronyms, explanation of terms and definitions that are used there throughout the document, general introductory information and guidance, followed by the information on routine operations - mobilization to location, operations on locations, verification and validation of recovery and rescue arrangements, procedures to follow when departing from location, emergency response and environmental emergencies, data cards, emergency response plans for offshore emergency and also escape or evacuation, typical installation checklist, example of the collision avoidance strategy, STS (ship-to-ship) transfer of crew by using rescue craft masters checklist, some established trial procedures for validation of the ERRV baseline performance, adverse weather standards, overside working and flying operations, baseline standards for recovery and rescue, place of safety and sample emergency scenario checklist, helicopter winching procedures, infringement of the safety zone forms, recovery and rescue support sharing methodology, and the use of non-certificated ERRV.

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