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UPCOMING EVENTS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS
Event: Deepwater Oil & Gas Summit 2010
Organizer: China Energy Association and A.T. Unicorn Group
Date: 14th-16th Sept, 2010
Venue: The Peninsula Beijing, China
Contact Person: Miranda Liu
Tel: +86 21 3360 0066
Fax: +86 21 3360 0636
Email: miranda.liu@atunicorn.com
Web: www.asiadeepwater.net

As global demand for power, heating and transportation has been increasing, stepping forward to exploring deepwater oil and gas will play an ever greater role in meeting our energy needs.

The purpose of "Deepwater Oil & Gas Summit 2010", which will be held on September 14th-16th, 2010 at The Peninsula Beijing China, is to address current situation and future trends, discuss the latest deepwater oil and gas technologies and large projects, and to ensure the sustainable development of the deepwater oil and gas industry.
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Gulf Coast Chapter Meeting
Date and Time: 17 June 2010, at 1330 hrs.
Location: Divers Supply, Inc. (2396 Belle Chasse Hwy., Gretna, LA 70056)

ADCI Board of Directors Meeting
Date and Time: 23 July 2010, at 0800 hrs.
Location: Pittsburgh Airport Hyatt Hotel, (Pittsburgh, PA)

Midwest/East Coast Chapter Meeting
Date and Time: 24 July 2010, at 0900 hrs.
Location: T. Riley Marina, New Brighton, PA
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It was decided to ask for the support of our industry as a whole, given the significance of Dan Wilson's lifelong work. The Santa Barbara Maritime Museum is excited about creating a special display with Purisima to supplement existing diving and early offshore oil industry exhibits.

All of us were excited about the possibility of ADCI membership sponsoring this unique display that will honor our industry and a man who dared to "think outside of the box." Additionally, the display will be a significant representation of ADCI and commercial diving for tourists and visitors at the museum.
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INTERNATIONAL NEWS
President Barack Obama's visit to the Gulf Coast gives him another close look at the devastation being caused by the BP oil spill. But in addition to the calls for action to protect the environment, the president heard another message: Don't compound the ecological disaster with an economic one.
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Facing an angry tsunami from oil companies, oil company employees and oil company servicers in the Gulf Coast, the Obama Administration is set to quickly reopen drilling sites in the Gulf.
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June 3 (Bloomberg) — Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal, whose state is bearing the brunt of the environmental damage from BP Plc's Gulf of Mexico oil spill, challenged President Barack Obama's decision to suspend deepwater drilling for six months.
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WASHINGTON, DC, June 14, 2010 (ENS) - To provide the latest information about where the BP oil spill is and where it is headed, shipping lane closures, fishery closures where responders are taking action, and many other types of information, federal agencies have created a new website with an interactive map.
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Do you know how to stop the massive Deepwater Horizon oil spill? Then the Coast Guard wants to hear from you.
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Carnival won't sail its cruise ships at night near the Gulf of Mexico oil spill. It's too hard to spot the oil then.

The precaution has meant only minor changes in departure times, according to a Carnival spokesman, but it highlights new and growing worries over how the maritime industry can literally navigate the Gulf oil crisis. Gulf ports now must inspect ships for contaminated hulls and race to clean the vessels, while regulators periodically close inlets in Pensacola to trap oil arriving with the high tide.
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The Marshall Islands, not the U.S., had the main responsibility for safety inspections on the Deepwater Horizon. The Deepwater Horizon oil rig that exploded in the Gulf of Mexico was built in South Korea. It was operated by a Swiss company under contract to a British oil firm. Primary responsibility for safety and other inspections rested not with the U.S. government but with the Republic of the Marshall Islands — a tiny, impoverished nation in the Pacific Ocean.
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In a visit that encompassed three states — Alabama, Florida and Mississippi — the President Obama made his fourth trip to the Gulf Coast to assess the ongoing efforts to counter the BP oil spill.
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OSHA has cited Scuba Clean Inc. in St. Petersburg, Fla., for alleged safety and health violations. The company provides yacht sales and services designed, according to its website, to "make boating easier, safer and more enjoyable." OSHA initiated an inspection after receiving a complaint in December 2009. Penalties total $200,900.

The company has been cited with three willful safety violations and proposed penalties of $147,000 for hazards associated with divers not being trained, divers not being accompanied by another diver with continuous visual contact, and using air hoses not rated for diving. OSHA defines a willful violation as one committed with plain indifference to or intentional disregard for employees' safety and health.
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Chalk one up for the mammals. Navy dolphins found an underwater surveillance device that went astray during a military exercise last week in Thimble Shoals Channel, the Navy announced Monday.
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Located about 16 miles due east from Sapelo Island, Gray's Reef National Marine Sanctuary is a haven for a marine life and a heaven for divers and anglers.

It's also a 22-square-mile, 14,000-acre outdoor classroom for scientists.
"It is a unique habitat," said Gray's Reef Sanctuary Superintendent Georgia Sedberry. "It's close to the shore, it's only 60 feet deep and it's spectacular and accessible."

Led by Sedberry, researchers from Gray's Reef, a number of universities and the Georgia Department of Natural Resources (DNR) recently collected enough data for a year's worth of homework. They gathered the information while aboard the Nancy Foster, a National Ocean and Atomospheric Administration (NOAA) research ship.

During a stint that began May 18 and continued until May 30, researchers and Foster crewmembers worked around the clock.
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Until recently, the City of New Bedford, Massachusetts, had to operate with century-old reservoir survey data to support the city's decision making for economic development issues. Emerging technologies in GIS and autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs) have presented a solid foundation on which to base a methodology for an accurate and modernized visualization of bathymetric data.
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NORTH BERWICK, Maine — While most students were indoors studying textbooks and taking exams, eight Noble High School students started their week submerged in an underwater field test.
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Commercial diver Michael Ganas's novel, The Girl Who Rode Dolphins, recently received its fifth award, winning the Environmental/Green Fiction category of the 2010 International Book Awards.
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MIAMI - Paul Shultz was walking along the pier of a Key West marina when he saw what looked like a rotting tomato pounding against the rocks.

The Coast Guard investigator waded ankle-deep into the water to fish out the ocean rubbish: a bright red Nikon camera, small enough to fit in the palm of his hand. Its waterproof plastic case was covered with six months' worth of crusty sea growth, but the camera itself was almost pristine when he found it May 16.
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INDUSTRY NEWS
Washington – Preliminary estimates show crippling job loss and significant economic impacts will result from the President's recent order to halt work on 33 exploratory wells in the deepwater Gulf of Mexico and institute a six-month moratorium on all drilling in water depths greater than 500 feet.
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All Pending and Approved Plans Must Be Revised Before New Drilling
Washington, DC: Bureau of Land Management Director Bob Abbey, who has been called upon to also serve as Acting Director of the Minerals Management Service (MMS), today announced that, before drilling new oil and gas wells on the Outer Continental Shelf, operators will be required to submit additional information about potential risks and safety considerations in their plans for exploration or development.
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Subsea 7 Inc has been awarded an engineering, procurement, installation and commissioning (EPIC) contract by BP Exploration Operating Company Ltd. for the Andrew Area Development Project in the UK sector of the North Sea. The contract is valued in excess of $135 million.
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Petrobras and PGS announced today, June 14th, 2010 in Rio de Janeiro that they have signed an agreement for PGS to install a permanent seismic monitoring system in the Jubarte field in the North Campos Basin, Espirito Santo province, offshore Brazil.
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The next stage of Cornwall's pioneering Wave Hub project is underway with excavation work to create the scheme's vital onshore electricity link. Contractors are digging a pit on Hayle beach, West Cornwall, to house a connecting block to join Wave Hub's offshore cable with onshore cables linked to a new electricity substation. When Wave Hub's 25km, 1,300-tonne sub-sea cable is laid later this summer, it will end inside the beach pit and be connected to cables through two ducts that have already been drilled through the sand dunes at Hayle. The cables will lead back to a substation being built on the other side of the dunes, and ultimately connect Wave Hub with the National Grid.
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Voith Hydro and RWE Innogy will jointly install a one-megawatt marine tidal current turbine off the Scottish coast through the joint venture company Voith Hydro Ocean Current Technologies. It is due to start its two-year trial operation in the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) in the Orkney Island waters in 2011. The installation of the foundation will start before the end of this year.
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Hallin has named its new subsea operations vessel Windermere.
John Giddens, CEO, said the current market was a difficult one for the offshore industry, "2010 has seen declining contract opportunities, oversupply of equipment and an increasingly competitive marketplace.
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REGULATORY NEWS
President Barack Obama on Monday named the final five members of the independent commission he tasked with investigating the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, launching a probe that could last until the end of the year.
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NEW PRODUCTS AND TECHNOLOGY
IWP&DC takes a look at the latest products and technologies available for underwater applications at dams and reservoirs.

When it comes to underwater inspections there are a number of products on the market to meet the differing requirements of hydroelectric and dam projects. Below we take a look at some of the most recent releases to hit the marketplace.
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LinkQuest has recently added another new member in its FlowQuest acoustic current profiler family. The new FlowQuest 600H long-range horizontal Acoustic Current Profiler precisely measures water velocities and water level in horizontally-oriented installations.
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Fiber optics has become an ever increasing part of our daily lives and is partly responsible for delivering many of the modern conveniences to which we have become accustomed. Fibers deliver the data for our phone, internet and television and are in virtually every conceivable piece of high tech equipment. Fiber optics are also being increasingly deployed in harsh environments that range from space, to oil & gas down hole drilling to the deepest trenches of the ocean.
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