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ISOA Meetings

ISOA’s members customarily meet once or twice a year at a variety of locations which reflect the global nature of ISOA’s membership. Since 2018, ISOA has held its annual meeting in London in the same week as the OSJ Conference to assist its members limit the amount of travelling required to attend meetings. Face to face meetings were suspended during the COVID pandemic

​​Recent meetings have taken place as follows:


London               February 2024

London               February 2023

London               February 2020 

London               February 2019

London               February 2018

Houston              April 2017

Genoa                 May 2016

Marseille            September 2015

Dubai                  January 2015

New Orleans      May 2014

Hamburg            September 2013

Singapore           January 2013

Rio de Janeiro    April 2012

Oslo                    September 2011


​ISOA meetings normally adopt the following format​

  • An evening social event for ISOA members and guests

  • A formal meeting, comprising

    • Review of ISOA surveys among its members, and other current work items

    • Discussion on industry topics, including regulatory developments, technical and operational standards; currently there is a strong focus on the challenges of decarbonisation in the sector

    • Presentations by external speakers/industry experts on topics of general interest to members


Annual Personnel Accident Surveys 

ISOA conducts an annual Personnel Accident Survey to which its members contribute. The intention of the survey is to: 

  • Monitor trends in levels of accidents on offshore support vessels

  • Analyse accident data according to a variety of parameter (including activity being undertaken, type of injury etc.)

  • Enable members to benchmark their own performance against the ISOA average, and take appropriate steps to improve performance.


The aggregate results are circulated to all ISOA members, with individual company data being treated as confidential.​


Staff Numbers Benchmarking Survey

​ISOA has instigated a survey is to assess and compare the various levels of vessel and shore based staffing levels across the OSV sector, with specific focus on:​

  • Shore based General and Administrative Personnel

  • Crew levels on different OSV vessel types 


Data is aggregated by region as well as globally. 


Members are able to compare their own staffing levels with the averages compiled for ISOA as a whole. 


Contributing to Industry Groups, and liaison with other Industry Organisations


ISOA representatives attend various industry groups on issues of interest to its members. These currently include: 

  • Industry Offshore Marine Operations Organisations Forum (IOMOOF)

  • The Nautical Institute Dynamic Positioning Training and Certification Scheme (where ISOA is member of the DP Training Executive Group, DPTEG)

  • Cross industry working group meeting on maritime corruption


ISOA maintains a regular liaison with other associations which are active within the maritime offshore sector, including:


  • European Community Shipowners Association (ECSA)

  • The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS)

  • International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA)

  • The International Association of Oil and Gas Producers (IOGP)

  • International Association of Drilling Contractors (IADC)

  • International Association of Geophysical Contractors (IAGC)

  • Nautical Institute (NI)

  • Oil Companies International Marine Forum (OCIMF)

  • ​Maritime Anti-Corruption Network (MACN) 


Monitoring Developments in Regulations and Industry Standards 


The ISOA Secretariat monitors developments in regulation affecting support vessels (for example, regulation being discussed at IMO and by the European Commission) and developments in industry standards which impact on support vessels and their operations. 


Members are updated on developments at their meetings, and by circulars between meetings. 


Where appropriate, ISOA provides input on behalf of its members to the development of regulation and standards.

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