LONDON – Three groups have established the International Diving Industry Forum (IDIF) with a view to lessening the risks associated with energy industry diving operations worldwide.
More specifically, theInternational Marine Contractors Association (IMCA), the Association of Diving Contractors International (ADCI), and the International Association of Oil and Gas Producers (IOGP) aim to:
- Promote greater collaboration on international diving safety
- Provide a for discussions, sharing of ideas and experiences to this effect
- Improve communications between the leading diving industry stakeholders
- Support the efforts of industry associations to develop and maintain appropriate international guidelines for safe energy industry diving operations, and to maintain a standardized approach for these operations
- Facilitate improvements in international energy industry diving safety.
A 10-member Working Committee will manage the Forum’s affairs, led by the Chairman of the IOGP Diving Operations Safety Committee.
The office of Working Committee Vice-Chairman will alternate between the Chairman of the IMCA Diving Division Management Committee and a Working Committee representative of the ADCI.
The initial meeting of the International Diving Industry Forum took place recently in New Orleans, with an agreement that the first tasks for the forum would be to help prepare definitive industry guidance on ship husbandry and to assist with the revision of the IMO Diving Instruments.