New ROV Guidelines Published by IMCA


Risks and dangers are always present in the commercial diving environment. That is why the need for Remotely Operated Vehicles is becoming more and more prevalent in the diving industry. Necessary tasks that might pose grave threat to a diver’s life (e.g. extreme cold water or tremendous depth/pressure) are often performed by these unmanned robots. Commercial divers undergo ROV pilot training during certification in order to meet industry demands for ROV operations.

The International Marine Contractors Association has issued Remotely Operated Vehicle Intervention During Diving Operations’ (IMCA D 054, IMCA R 020) that aims to deliver specific rules and guidelines to apply during ROV operations to ensure safety and efficiency when it comes to underwater operations involving combined efforts of ROV and divers.

Jane Bugler said in her statement, “The guidance is designed for use by both contractors and clients, and purposely avoids subjects of minority interest It contains guidelines and recommendations for the maintenance of a high level of safety and efficiency across the ROV sector. It does not, however, attempt to replace the need for contractors to maintain their own, ROV specific, comprehensive operations manuals and procedures. “

The new rule is a revision of the old AODC 032 guideline (1996) and therefore applies globally. Although there are some countries that have different local industry standards, their stricter regulations will be observed.

“This is a ‘dynamic document’ and the advice given in it will change with the development of the industry. It is intended to review it on a regular basis and any necessary improvements made.” Jane Bugler added.


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