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J.D Neuhaus L.P.
UPCOMING EVENTS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS
90-Day Public Review Announcement

The draft of the ADCI Consensus Standards for Commercial Diving and Underwater Operations, 6th Ed. has been approved by the Board of Directors for public review.

The draft will be posted on the ADCI Web site via a designated link. There will be a separate announcement to notify the membership that the link is up, kicking off the start of the review period. The review process will be open to all industry stakeholders.

The official dates of the review period are 25 September – 25 December 2010.
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If you are in the business of getting jobs done in the undersea environment, you want to be part of the Underwater Intervention 2011 technical program.
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Interested in contributing to UnderWater magazine?
UnderWater magazine is seeking feature stories and photography covering subjects of broad significance to the commercial diving industry. Possible article topics include but are not limited to: safety, new techniques, new equipment, equipment reviews, recent projects, etc. Special attention will be given to articles highlighting safety; however, all topics of general interest to diving contractors will be considered. Photography accompanying your story is welcome and encouraged.
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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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FOX INDUSTRIES, INC.
INTERNATIONAL NEWS
An excellent wind resource, powerful coastlines and a wealth of woodland give Scotland an undeniable advantage in the renewable energy race. And Scotland’s politicians appear keen on using this clean energy potential as a major tool to drive economic development.
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The offshore wind turbines that will fulfill the UK’s Round 3 needs require a sophisticated supply chain of service and installation vessels, not to mention highly-developed port facilities. The industry has some way to go to reach government targets but, as George Marsh explains, marine infrastructure will develop on the right track – as long as companies can keep up with demand.
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MBARI engineers recently demonstrated a new, super-efficient autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) that can travel rapidly for hundreds of kilometers, "hover" in the water for weeks at a time, and carry a wide variety of instruments.
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Shipwreck expert and underwater archaeologist Dr. Brendan Foley will explain his work to understand the invention of civilization by studying ancient shipwrecks at the MBL Falmouth Forum season opener Friday, November 19 at 7:30 p.m. in the MBL (Marine Biological Laboratory) Lillie Auditorium, 7 MBL Street, Woods Hole. The free lecture, titled "Archaeology in Deep Water," is sponsored by the MBL Associates. This season, the Martha's Vineyard Savings Bank Charitable Fund also offers generous support to the MBL Falmouth Forum.
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SAN LUIS OBISPO, CA — Cal Poly Biological Sciences Professor Mark Moline was recently awarded two grants from the National Science Foundation. One grant will support research on the foraging environment of Adélie penguins on the Antarctic Peninsula. The other will support a collaborative effort with UC Santa Barbara to examine wind and water flows off California’s Central Coast.
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Naylor, LLC
INDUSTRY NEWS
HOUSTON, TX, November 1, 2010 — Ranger Offshore, Inc. and Cross Group, Inc. today announced that through an alliance agreement, Ranger’s HOSS-II saturation diving system will be deployed on the Crossmar-14 barge, which will provide a large and versatile work platform to perform subsea construction and decommissioning services. The barge and saturation system are available for immediate service.
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Oceanic Research and Recovery Inc., a marine salvage and exploration company, today announced that it has been working with Next Phase Consulting to open a new division that will focus on 21st century marketing strategies.
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Subsea 7, the offshore engineering and construction company, has received a further boost to its North Sea business, landing a fresh $100 million (£63m) contract with BP.
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US engineer Oceaneering International won a contract with the BC-10 Consortium, operated by Shell, to supply umbilicals for the development of BC-10 phase II offshore Brazil in the Campos Basin.
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Saab Group signed a letter of intent last week with Mahindra Satyam and will soon form a joint venture for civil aeronautics, special IT systems, network-centric warfare and command and control systems, CEO Håkan Buskhe tells AVIATION WEEK.

The company is also looking at bidding for numerous other projects in India, including ship-based and stealth radars—for which it signed a cooperation agreement with Bharat Electronics Ltd.—torpedoes and autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs). The Indian navy has expressed interested in purchasing ten AUVs.
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Sustainable Marine Technologies (SMT), the innovative company creating practical engineering solutions for the marine renewable energy industry, has become a corporate member of RenewableUK.
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Technip has been awarded by GNPC(1) a lump sum contract for phase I of the Natural Gas Transportation and Processing project, 60 kilometers offshore Ghana.
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FMC Technologies (NYSE: FTI) announced today that it has signed a contract with Shell Group Companies to supply subsea systems for the Parque das Conchas Phase II project.
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Aker Solutions has agreed to transfer ownership in its subsidiary Aker Marine Contractors (AMC) to Singapore-listed company Ezra Holdings Ltd. (Ezra) in exchange for equity instruments in Ezra and cash. In addition, 50% of Aker Solutions' ownership in the Aker Connector installation vessel will be transferred to Ezra.
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Petrobras announces that the drilling of the ninth well in the Tupi area, in the pre-salt of Santos Basin, completed recently, confirms the potential of recoverable light oil and natural gas in that deposit, estimated to be between five to eight billion barrels of oil equivalent. This well confirms that the oil accumulation not only extends to the extreme south of the Tupi Evaluation Plan area, but also that the thickness of the reservoir containing oil measures approximately 128 meters, which reduces the uncertainties of the volume of hydrocarbons in the area.
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Technip has been awarded by Papa Terra BV(1) a contract for the supply of Integrated Production Bundles (IPB(2)) for the Papa-Terra field. This field is located at a water depth of 1,200 meters in the Campos Basin, approximately 110 kilometers off the shores of Brazil.
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Helix Energy Solutions Group (NYSE: HLX) announced today that it has commenced oil and gas production from its Phoenix field in the deepwater Gulf of Mexico (GOM). The company is in the process of ramping up production from the four subsea wells and will be in a position to discuss production rates during its earnings conference call next Thursday morning.
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REGULATORY NEWS
Subsea UK has urged the renewable energy sector to take its lead from the maritime offshore industry by adopting universal safety practices to ensure that "good business is always safe business."
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NEW PRODUCTS AND TECHNOLOGY
Aboard ocean-faring vessels, real estate is naturally limited. But communications are vital, presenting something of a conundrum for a ship's communications crews: where to place all the large antennas necessary for long-range (and often encrypted) communications. So U.S. Navy R&D lab SPAWAR Systems Center Pacific (SSC Pacific) engineered a clever scheme to turn the ocean's most abundant resource into communications equipment, making antennas out of geysers of seawater.
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As any engineer will tell you, developing the engineering concepts for a novel energy production device is an iterative process. For ocean energy, this process is further complicated as any device destined to generate electricity from the marine environment must be sufficiently robust to survive the extremely harsh conditions, all the while maintaining complex operations at sea.
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Reduce the number of electronic failures by improving the methods of sealing connectors to protect against corrosion

Connectors are the most vulnerable points in a circuit. Corrosion, from either oxidation or galvanization, reduces current-carrying capacity and results in intermittent, and ultimately permanent, failure of the circuit. In harsh environments, the major cause of connector failure is galvanic corrosion, a process in which dissimilar metals give up or collect electrons in the presence of an electrolyte.
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Digital video to support subsea pipeline and structural inspections has been around for more than a decade now and has become well-established offshore. However, the quality of results and the time to conduct surveys is highly dependent on water turbidity, lighting and the ability of remotely operated vehicle (ROV) pilots to locate and navigate to inspection targets efficiently.
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A new recipe for TIG welding electrode material offers significant benefits in quality, cost, safety and ease-of-use, says its British developer.
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