IMCA revises offshore guidance documents

The International Marine Contractors Association has revised two technical guidance documents often incorporated into offshore contracts of the oil and gas industry.

According to Richard Benzie, IMCA technical director, Guidelines for the Design and Operation of Dynamically Positioned Vessels (IMCA M103) “now includes generic design and operational guidance, as well as vessel type-specific guidance for 17 representative vessel types that utilize dynamic positioning (DP) in support of the offshore oil and gas and offshore energy industries—a feature we know the industry was eager to have included.”

The other document, Guidance on Failure Modes & Effects Analyses (IMC M166 Rev1), highlights good practice in the use of an engineering quality tool that assists in the identification and countering of weak points early in the design of products and processes. The document applies to technical systems associated with offshore vessels, especially DP systems.

The documents are available on the IMCA web site.

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