IMCA makes half century

Offshore industry body The International Marine Contractors Association has just passed the 500-member mark with representation in 50 countries worldwide.

The figure shows a doubling of membership numbers since 2002, IMCA president and chief executive Hugh Williams noted, and he said the rise was in part due to growth in the global fleet of supply vessels.

“The past year has seen faster growth in terms of number of member companies (25% in less than a year) and geographical reach than ever before,” said Williams. “We reached 200 member companies in 2002; we passed the 300 mark in April 2006; and then last September celebrated the fact that we had 400 members; and now we have hit and are rapidly moving beyond the ‘half century’.”

“The current and planned growth in terms of numbers and size of the supply vessel fleet has, in particular, been responsible for a marked increase in the number of owners and operators who have now become members. We are delighted that this is the case, for we have a very definite role to play helping to ensure safe operations within the expanding fleet,” he said.