A number of fatalities and serious injuries were suffered by divers conducting ship inspections and other underwater ship husbandry work.
International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA), Association of Diving Contractors International (ADCI), et al found that due to a lack of awareness of the risks involved and the lack of suitable management control processes, fatalities continue to happen. IMCA, ADCI, et al are now jointly campaigning to raise awareness of the practical dangers of shallow water diving on ships in ports, harbours, and anchorages.
The ADCI has developed a very practical guidance document. Their goal is to ensure that shipboard management is made aware of the document and that it can be easily referenced when diving operations take place.