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UPCOMING EVENTS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS
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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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

 
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
Deepwater Horizon Response – The official site of the Deepwater Horizon Unified Command
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In the pitch-black waters surrounding the leaking oil well in the Gulf of Mexico, where the pressure would crush a human diver like an empty soda can, a small army of robots wielding industrial-size home improvement tools remained on the job on Sunday.
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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. On Friday, the Coast Guard Research and Development Center, along with several interagency partners, issued a request from vendors, scientists, government laboratories and nonprofits for ideas on how to stop, contain and clean up the largest offshore oil spill in U.S. history.
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A Belfast company was awarded a major contract today to build a power station for a huge windfarm in the Irish Sea.

Powerteam Electrical Services (PES) will construct and furnish the substation for the Walney offshore farm off the Lancashire coast in North West England. The contract is worth £800,000 (€960,000).
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A team of 16 Navy divers from Puget Sound Naval Shipyard & Intermediate Maintenance Facility and the Southwest Regional Maintenance Center, recently traveled to Southeast Asia to participate in the Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) exercise in Sattahip, Thailand.
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For almost 50 years, a tugboat – that once hauled barges between Vermont and New York, on Lake Champlain – has sat upright 160 feet underwater, hardly changed since the November night in 1963 when it ran aground on a reef and went down.
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A new research team is investigating the accuracy of British diving incidents statistics and wants divers to participate in a survey. The team, Cognitas, has focused on the work of the British Sub-Aqua Club and its annual Diving Incidents Report. Cognitas suspects that, in many cases, divers who suffer incidents do not report them. Possible reasons range from "apathy to fear of reprisals (commercial, personal or within a club) or that nothing will change, so 'why bother?'"
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A recurring question that has dogged the proposed Block Island wind farm is: Where did Deepwater Wind come from? Deepwater's origins stretch back to 2005, when Bryan Martin and David Hang, then with the financial giant JP Morgan, purchased a small wind company called Winergy; which, at the time, was developing a small offshore wind installation off of Plum Island.
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Perhaps you've seen the miniature submarine cruising around in Lake Michigan. Don't worry. It won't be bringing any little green men or women to your beach party. If, however, you happen to see some Purdue University scientists launching or picking up the sub, you might want to offer them a cold drink or a cookie.
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Check inside "Learn More" for a photo of Frank Odel (L) who works in the pressure chamber that is capable of simulating pressure over 2,400 metres, at Perry Slingsby Systems factory. – Jim Ross for The Globe and Mail

Demand for subsea ROVs – remotely operated vehicles – is rising as oil companies go deeper and BP tries to fix its leaking well.
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A few more spots are available for the aquatic robotics summer camp, July 12-16, hosted by the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Maritime Museum. Camp participants will build their very own underwater robot, get the chance to use it and be introduced to an industry that is now in the media spotlight and essential to stopping the Deep Water Horizon oil flow.
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INDUSTRY NEWS
Marine Subsea UK Ltd. has been awarded a series of contracts worth more than £2 million, to carry out a multi-client well abandonment programme for operators in the North Sea.
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Unique Maritime Group – a leading provider of specialist hydrographic and oceanographic equipment rentals, sales, diving equipment, and specialized engineering services – today announced that they have signed a dealership agreement with Amron International for its UK, UAE, Africa and India regions. "The signing of this dealership agreement will further enhance the Unique Maritime Group and its subsidiary companies' ability to provide high quality, reliable products to the commercial diving, hyperbaric, search and rescue and technical diving industries, and strengthens our presence in the global market.
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Technip has been awarded a major four-year-term agreement by BG Group for the provision of pre-FEED, FEED, full EPIC and IRM services in both the UK and Norwegian continental shelves.
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SMD has been awarded a contract to supply two Quasar general purpose, work class ROV systems to Nippon Salvage in Japan.
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Fugro, in partnership with specialist underwater acoustics company JASCO Applied Sciences, is offering a further service to the marine renewables sector – measurement of underwater noise and allied consultancy.
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Mobilized for a long-term contract on the Multi Purpose Service Vessel (MPSV) Austral Abrolhos, Oceaneering's Magnum® 167 Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) is operating in the Bijupir√° & Salema and Parque das Conchas (formerly BC-10) fields in the Campos Basin in Brazil, a growing offshore oil and gas deepwater development area.
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Gardline Environmental Limited's (GEL) Coastal Service Division, a dedicated vessel service provider for the renewables sector, has been awarded four wind farm support contracts by Visser and Smit Marine Contracting (VSMC) – a company specialising in subsea cable installation for the power and renewables industry.
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REGULATORY NEWS
Victims of the biggest oil spill in U.S. history should be compensated if their claims would be applicable under state or maritime law, the head of the $20 billion BP spill compensation fund told the Financial Times.
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In the USA last week, Senator John McCain introduced draft legislation to repeal the 90-year-old Jones Act law that requires ships transporting goods between states to have been built in the United States, be crewed and owned by U.S. citizens and fly the U.S. flag.
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NEW PRODUCTS AND TECHNOLOGY
Schilling Robotics, the Davis-based designer and manufacturer of deep-sea robotic vehicles and other underwater equipment, said it has launched a compact, enhanced remotely operated vehicle, or ROV, for underwater use.
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The newest addition to our extremely successful AquaVision range is the LED-3200-AC. The first commercially available LED 120V AC light from Bowtech is retrofittable to existing 120V AC systems. A remotely dimmable LED array delivers a bright 3200 lumens white light, which is ideal for colour video inspection or viewing tasks.
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