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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., is still available for public review. The 6th Edition Draft, Introduction to the 6th Edition Draft, and Gap Analysis between the 5th and 6th Editions can be accessed and downloaded from the Underwater magazine website, www.underwatermagazine.com. The review process is open to all industry stakeholders.

The official dates of the review period are 25 September - 25 December 2010.

The Association would like to thank everyone who has taken the opportunity to submit comments.
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Ben Miller – acknowledging Ben Miller’s significant contributions to the commercial diving industry, specifically as a world-renowned helmet, mask, harness, and weight belt manufacturer.

Tom Angel – significant contributions to the commercial diving industry, specifically as one of the founding members of the Association of Diving Contractors and being instrumental in the introduction of saturation diving to the Gulf of Mexico. Participation in "Project 600" demonstrated the practicality of saturation diving as it applies to the oil field, as well as setting a world record for open sea diving at the time.

Joe Sanford – acknowledging the groundbreaking formation of the first Gulf Coast Diving Contractor that carried insurance, Sanford Brothers Diving, as well as the formation of Morgan City Rentals.

 
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
Within 24 hours of the submarine's sinking, USS Falcon (ASR 2), a submarine rescue ship, arrived with the McCann Submarine Rescue Chamber in tow. The original diving bell was designed by Lieutenant Commander Charles B. Momsen, and later revised by Lt. Cmdr. Rockwell McCann. The Squalus rescue marks the first and only notable use of the McCann Submarine Rescue Chamber.
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Jim McNutt, owner of Marine Geographic, has filed a lawsuit in federal court seeking possession of any artifacts salvaged from a vessel – believed to be a steamboat paddle wheeler – submerged at the First Creek tailwaters in Fort Loudoun Lake.
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Take one jet ski, add a remote control and a sonar unit, and you have a new breed of robot warrior. While in harbor, warships make a tempting target for terrorists, because a single diver with an explosive charge can cause massive damage and loss of life. But a new robotic unmanned jet ski, known as Blackfish, may help even the odds. Developed by QinetiQ North America, in response to demand from the U.S. Navy's Underwater Warfare Centre, Blackfish belongs to a range of technology that includes sensors and weapons for "integrated swimmer defense."
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Singapore is investing up to Singapore $6 million (US$ 4.5 million) in maritime fuel cell research.
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Ambitious plans to create dozens of new jobs by developing a marina in Newlyn have been revealed.

The harbour commission has revived proposals for a large-scale development at Sandy Cove – a move that could attract millions of pounds in investment to the port.
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Denso North America Inc.
INDUSTRY NEWS
Perry Slingsby Systems (PSS) has contracted with Taiwan Ocean Research Institute of National Applied Research Laboratories (TORI) for the supply of a Triton XLR ROV system modified to meet TORI's specific requirements.
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Drydocks World has held a keel-laying ceremony for a state-of-the-art Compact Semi-Submersible (CSS) vessel. "The Derwent" is being built for integrated energy services provider Hallin Marine Subsea International Ltd, a Superior Energy Services company, at Drydocks World's Nanindah shipyard at Batam in Indonesia. The contract for the distinctive project is valued at $110M.
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On Thursday, two premiers heralded a new era of Atlantic cooperation. They announced a $6.2-billion power deal expected to see electricity flow via subsea cable from Muskrat Falls in Labrador to Newfoundland and Nova Scotia within six years.
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Atlas Elektronik has successfully completed a series of technology demonstrations of the Sea Otter Mk II autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) fitted with aVision600 synthetic aperture sonar (SAS).
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MANAMA: General Technologies and Systems Company (Gentas), a subsidiary of Shoaibi Group, and Saudi Trading and Research Company (STARC), have signed a joint venture agreement with Qatar-based Subtech, a subsidiary of Mermaid Maritime, to form Subtech Saudi Arabia.

Subtech SA, which will be based in Al Khobar, intends to provide diving and offshore marine services to the oil and gas industry in Saudi Arabia and its territories.
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Annual oil and gas industry expenditure on work-class ROV (remotely operated underwater vehicle) operations is likely to reach $3.2 billion by 2014 – with African and Asia Pacific expenditures overtaking that of Western Europe.
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Deep Down, Inc. (OTC Bulletin Board: DPDW) ("DEEP DOWN"), an oilfield services company specializing in complex deepwater and ultra-deepwater oil production distribution system support services, today announced it has commenced support related to the installation of surface and subsea hardware offshore West Africa, as previously announced April 22, 2010. The offshore scope of work is scheduled to be completed during the fourth quarter of 2010.
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Aker Solutions has signed a subsea contract with the state-owned oil company China National Offshore Oil Corporation (CNOOC) to supply a subsea production system for the Yacheng 13-4 gas field.
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Seadrill has entered into a turnkey contract to build up to four new ultra-deepwater drillships at the Samsung yard in South Korea. The first two drillships are a firm order, with delivery in the first and second quarter of 2013, respectively. Total project price per rig is estimated to be less than US$600 million, which includes a turnkey contract with the yard, project management, drilling and handling tools, spares, capitalized interest and operations preparations. The contract further includes a fixed price option for a further two drillships, to be declared during the first quarter of 2011.
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Prince Richard, the Duke of Gloucester, opened a new teaching facility near Oban yesterday, which will bring up to 800 students of marine science to the area and fill a skills gap.
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Naylor, LLC
REGULATORY NEWS
New regulation to be in place May 2011

A new Indonesian maritime law could cut the country's oil production by 260,000 barrels per day next year and natural gas production by 22 percent, said Priyono, the head of oil and gas watchdog BP Migas, on Wednesday.
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Full ratification of the Maritime Labour Convention (MLC) which will have far-reaching implications for the whole shipping industry, including commercial yachts, is now likely to be delayed by a year until April of 2012.
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NEW PRODUCTS AND TECHNOLOGY
Humans have proven themselves remarkably adept at learning to do what other animals can do naturally. We have taught ourselves to fly like birds, climb like monkeys and burrow like moles. But the one animal that has always proven beyond our reach is the fish.
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Global Marine Networks introduced the GMN webXaccelerator for ship-to-shore and remote communications needs for the commercial fishing, marine transport, cruise ships, offshore oil rigs, and first-response communications coordination markets. The webXaccelerator is a data accelerator and control router that gives users of satellite and other wireless data systems control of their satellite data installations, while providing data speeds up to five times faster than uncompressed rates.
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