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UPCOMING EVENTS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS
EMBASSY SUITES HOTEL & CASINO
SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO
SEPTEMBER 3, 2010

As you all know, we have planned the XIII Latin American and Caribbean Chapter meeting. This time, our good friend David Holt from Underwater and Marine Services has offered himself as local sponsor, so that our meeting can take place on September 3, in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
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EMBASSY SUITES HOTEL & CASINO
SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO
03 DE SEPTIEMBRE DEL 2010

Como es de su conocimiento, tenemos programada la XIII reunión del Capitulo Latinoamericano y del Caribe. En esta oportunidad nuestro buen amigo David Holt de Underwater & Marine Services se ha ofrecido como auspiciador local, por ese motivo nuestra reunión se llevará a cabo el 03 de setiembre en San Juan – Puerto Rico.
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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 situations 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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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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Mireaux Management Solutions
INTERNATIONAL NEWS
According to a new report released by Douglas Westwood on 10 August 2010, over 2200 commercial divers will be required to help build and develop Europe’s offshore wind sector over the next six years.
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MarEx: What was the offshore oil industry like 40 years ago when you first started?

Simmons: The growth of the oil industry in the U.S. has been incredible since I first started raising venture capital back in the spring of 1969. Anything beyond 80 feet of water was considered not safe. But a small group of divers in the Santa Barbara Channel were trying to perfect mixed gas diving tables because many of them were on the edge of losing their lives at deeper levels.
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Customized Hydro-Demolition Units Handle Platforms And Underwater Assets
Dismantling decommissioned oil-drilling platforms, wells and pipelines requires precision demolition techniques. Gulf Coast specialty oil service contractor Proserv Offshore, a unit of Norwegian-based Proserv Group, has become known in the industry for using high-pressure, water-abrasive cutting technologies—also known as cold-cutting—to help remove a variety of oil and gas facilities.
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OceanServer Technology reports that the National Research Council (NRC) of Canada has taken delivery of a new AUV. NRC is the Canadian Government's resource for research, development and technology-based innovation. The Iver2 AUV, equipped with OceanServer’s dual port camera system, side scan sonar and backseat driver/remote helming capability will be used in a broad range of upcoming research initiatives.
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"Local resident Danny Authement was one of three pilots who guided unmanned remotely operated vehicles to successfully cap the BP Gulf Coast oil well after a number of other methods failed."
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ABERDEEN, Scotland & ZURICH, August 11, 2010 — In a pioneering research project, scientists at IBM and the University of Aberdeen have collaborated to "see" the structure of a marine compound from the deepest place on the Earth using an atomic force microscope (AFM). The results of the project open up new possibilities in biological research, which could lead to the faster development of new medicines.
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Last month, a Bluefin-21 Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV) owned by the Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research (AWI) was sent out on an under-ice mission and retrieved valuable data that could shed light on climate change.
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The Marine Technology Society (MTS) awarded $86,000 in scholarships to 43 high school and college students for the 2010–2011 academic year.
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Beachgoers, mariners, rescue workers, and response crews now have new information available when making decisions such as whether it is safe to head out to sea or where to find mariners in distress. NOAA partners within the Caribbean Integrated Coastal Ocean Observing System deployed a data buoy off Escambrón beach to provide data on winds, waves and currents to locals including the port of San Juan and the island’s Atlantic coast.
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The first scientific mission using Sentry, a robot capable of diving 5,000 m, or 3.1 miles, into the ocean, was successfully completed by scientists and engineers from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) and the University of Washington (UW). The vehicle surveyed and helped locate several proposed deep-water sites for seafloor instruments that will be used in the National Science Foundation’s (NSF)’s planned Ocean Observatories Initiative (OOI).
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Naylor, LLC
INDUSTRY NEWS
SeaEnergy will be using Ampelmann’s ship-based self stabilising platforms for offshore wind operation and maintenance access under an exclusive agreement.
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Bury-based safety seal firm Roxtec has won a significant contract to supply equipment to a project at one of the world's largest oilfields.
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Global Diving & Salvage, Inc. would like to welcome John Ferguson, Business Development Manager, to their Offshore Support Division. Mr. Ferguson has over 17 years of experience in the offshore and international Oil and Gas industry. He will be using his expertise to prepare for opening a Houston office as the General Manager. His current responsibilities include expanding Global's commercial diving, ROV, and environmental services within the Gulf of Mexico region and evaluating international market potential.
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Swathe Services (UK) signed an agreement with R2SONIC to represent them as sales agents supplying the innovative SONIC2022 and SONIC 2024 in the UK. The SONIC2022 and 2024 are touted by the manufacturer as the first true wideband high resolution shallow water multibeam echosounders.
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Subsea 7 entered into a global technology partnership agreement with CRC-Evans Pipeline International (CRC-Evans) that is intended to lead to both companies providing a range of enhanced pipeline fabrication services to the global offshore subsea engineering and construction market.
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Subsea 7 won a contract in the UK sector of the North Sea valued in excess of $100 m. The Subsea 7 work scope is to engineer, fabricate, install and commission a pipeline bundle* system. Offshore installation of the bundle is scheduled for the first half of 2012.
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Seaward Marine Services, Inc., Norfolk, Va., is being awarded a $12,648,498 fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for waterborne hull cleaning and associated work to support the director of ocean engineering, supervisor of salvage and diving.
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Acergy won a $1.3 billion contract for the engineering, procurement, fabrication, and installation of a deepwater development offshore West Africa, the company said 29 July 2010.
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Acergy announced today that it has been awarded a new four year contract for the Acergy Condor by Petrobras in Brazil, commencing in September 2010.
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BW Offshore has signed a US$150 million contract for the completion of the FPSO OSX-1 project. Assisting the owner, a subsidiary of the Brazilian publicly traded company OSX Brasil S/A, providing engineering services, detailing the equipment required for the customization activity, and supporting the procurement process, BW will act as project manager.
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SeaBird has been working closely with the BP Macondo Team to provide high-resolution autonomous node seabed seismic data at the well site in the Gulf of Mexico.
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PDM Neptec are very pleased to announce that they have recently appointed Subsea Tech as their new exclusive representative for France.
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NEW PRODUCTS AND TECHNOLOGY
J D Neuhaus air and hydraulic operated chain hoists have been used to solve difficult underwater lifting and pulling operations for many years. Working in this dangerous and demanding environment puts additional strains on both the personnel and equipment, which are subject to conditions well outside conventional operating zones.
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Reflex Marine recently launched its revolutionary TORO personnel transfer device to the US market with a demonstration, hosted by its service partner, Energy Cranes, at its facility in Houston, Texas.
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Naylor, LLC
Association of Diving Contractors International
5206 FM 1960 West, Ste. 202
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Phone: (281) 893-8388
Fax: (281) 893-5118

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