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FOX INDUSTRIES, INC.
UPCOMING EVENTS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS
The ADCI Commercial Diving Hall of Fame was established in 2004, with the first inductees being those persons who had previously received either the John B. Galletti or Tom Devine Memorial Awards.
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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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Denso North America Inc.
INTERNATIONAL NEWS
I was waiting for a ferry to cross the Hudson River from Manhattan, New York to Weehauken, New Jersey when I noticed a barge moored to a pier north of the ferry terminal. It sported a large red and white divers down flag and the logo of a commercial diving company. I wondered what their current project included, until I looked at the pilings that supported the pier and the building that projected out over the water. Many pilings were fragments of their original size and all looked in need of replacement. This scene replayed in my mind the time Tamara Brown, president of Divers Academy of the Eastern Seaboard (DAES), told me pier restoration is one of the many facets of the commercial diving industry that is fueling a need for divers;a need she is finding difficult to fill. She said, "I cannot fill all the requests I get for divers. I send out a list of our graduates to the dive companies. They get the list and call me to tell me all the people on the list are currently employed."
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Old Man River scored an inning Thursday against the Portland ship salvaging crew that has been working since May 5 to float and salvage Inland Navigation Co.'s petroleum barge "Port of Longview" that exploded and sank at the Port of Pasco last Dec. 16.
At the critical moment when partners Harold Maiken and Tom Ammerman of Commercial Divers Inc. and their crew of five marine salvage divers were about to move the crumpled hull downstream, the Columbia's near-flood stage current took over.

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Following incidents on diving sites around the globe, a number of Client companies are now requesting that the Diving Contractor must provide ‘written confirmation that arrangements have been made with a registered, approved medical practitioner for the provision of medical support for situations which are beyond the capabilities of the on-site diver-medics.’
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Key West has agreed to pay the $10,000 needed to secure the two loose antennae on the USNS Gen. Hoyt S. Vandenberg, which was sunk as an artificial reef off the city two years ago.
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Bluefin Robotics, a leader in the design and manufacturing of Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUVs) will be presenting two technical papers at the OCEANS’11 IEEE Conference next week in Santander, Spain. Dr. Dani Goldberg will be presenting his paper titled "Huxley: A Flexible Robot Control Architecture for Autonomous Underwater Vehicles" on 7 June. While Mr. Robert Panish will be presenting his paper titled "Achieving High Navigation Accuracy using Inertial Navigations Systems in Autonomous Underwater Vehicles" on 8 June.
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Russian famous manned submersibles "Mir" will take part in the research programme, aimed at exploration of lake Leman’s bottom.
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Subsea leakages from underwater production facilities may have significant environmental and economical consequences. There is a wide range of different technologies available for detection of subsea leakages, depending on the type of application and approach to leak detection. The two most common approaches to direct subsea-leak detection are inspection/surveying, where sensors are attached to mobile units such as remotely operated vehicles (ROVs), and continuous monitoring, where the sensors are permanently installed at the seabed. For the latter case, there are several different types of leak-detection technologies, depending on whether templates or pipelines are to be monitored. While most subsea facilities are monitored by flow-measurement devices that can typically detect leaks that are greater than a few percent of overall flow, this paper addresses direct methods of leak detection suitable for smaller leaks.
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Prof. Mark Patterson of the Virginia Institute of Marine Science will manage logistics for the 4th International RoboBoat Competition, scheduled next week in Virginia Beach. Patterson, a marine biologist with patents in autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) technology, is winner of the Marine Technology Society's 2008 Lockheed Martin Award for Ocean Science & Engineering. Assisting him will be graduate student Jennifer Elliott and William & Mary undergraduates Sara Williams and David Godschalk.
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J.D Neuhaus L.P.
INDUSTRY NEWS
The leading power and automation group ABB have won offshore oil and gas contracts totalling $42 million. ABB are to supply power, infrastructure and equipment for numerous floating, storage and production and offliading vessels (FPSO).
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Bedford’s iRobot Corp., a maker of robots for both consumer and military uses, said today that it has received a $14.1 million order from the Naval Sea Systems Command.
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Hoffer Flow Controls’ HO Series turbine flowmeters provide flow measurement solutions for demanding subsea environments. Designed to operate in depths of 20,000 ft or more, the HO Series is a fit for complex applications involving BOPs, ROVs, subsea production systems, and a variety of other subsea flow applications. At extreme depths, the HO Series delivers accurate flow measurement with response times in milliseconds.
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Schilling Robotics has announced the award of new contracts for ROV systems from Subsea 7. A total of three ROV systems will be supplied for delivery in the second quarter of 2011, including one 150hp, 3,000m rated ACV ROV system and two 150hp, 3,000m rated HD ROV systems.
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Norwegian based subsea operations company DOF Subsea has enhanced its management team to strengthen the company's focus on the renewable energy sector and to further utilize DOF Subsea's current and future construction fleet of vessels. The company has appointed Kevin Moran as Vice President of Renewables.
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HOUSTON -- A unit of drilling services company Rowan Cos. Inc. will pay $1.2 billion for two new, deep-water drill ships, the company said Wednesday.
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Helix Energy Solutions Group, Inc. announced Thursday that it has promoted Cliff Chamblee to Executive Vice President – Contracting Services. Helix's Contracting Services divisions include the Subsea Construction, Well Operations and Robotics business units.


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Aker Solutions has received notification that Statoil has exercised options for the engineering, procurement and construction of three subsea work-over systems for use on the Norwegian Continental Shelf. Aker Solutions estimates the contract value of these three extensions to be a total of approximately NOK 1.25 billion.
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Singapore's Ezra Holdings aims to triple its subsea orders to around $1 billion in the next 12 months, a senior executive said, as the recently acquired Aker Marine Contractors would give it more muscle to boost the business.
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McDermott International announced that one of its subsidiaries, McDermott Caspian Contractors and the State Oil Company of the Azerbaijan Republic, have formed a strategic alliance to implement a major pipe lay and diving services contract in the Caspian region.
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NEW PRODUCTS AND TECHNOLOGY
Intellian Technologies has unveiled its largest VSAT antenna together with an upgrade to its antennas for the growing maritime broadband and satellite TV markets. The company’s biggest product, the C-band V240C antenna, is 2.4m diameter and comes in two models. One is circular-only polarised and the other is circular and linear polarised. The C-Band antenna provides an open-standard platform that should work with virtually any modem and ensures compatibility with all service providers.
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Offshore Systems UK has introduced what it claims is a groundbreaking new relay output module; this enables modules of up to eight isolated power relays to be controlled by an NMEA 2000 network. The unit controls onboard power to applications such as remote alarm inputs, pump management systems, power switches and lighting control where power is delivered over a network.


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