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There are substantial differences between the 5th and current 6th editions. Please take time to note all of the changes and additions to:

• Operational and equipment requirements
• Diving personnel medical training requirements
• Diving personnel certification requirements
• Checklist and audit protocols

Implementation of Certification and Equipment Requirements
Except where noted, all new certification and equipment requirements will take effect immediately. Noted changes to take effect after formal adoption of this document will be annotated by a superscript (1, 2, or 3) after the stated requirement.

The legend for the superscript is as follows:

1 – Compliance required after 6 months from 7 July 2011
2 – Compliance required after 12 months from 7 July 2011
3 – Compliance required after 24 months from 7 July 2011

Preview the Consensus Standards for Commercial Diving and Underwater Operations 6th edition on the ADCI website.  A "read only" version can be found at

Call For Papers and Introduction of Technical Program Leadership

Introducing Rachael Z. Miller, UI 2012 Small ROVs Track Leader

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Call For Papers and Introduction of Technical Program Leadership

Introducing William Kohnen, President, Hydrospace Group

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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. Here is a chance to highlight and share some of the notable accomplishments of your company or school.
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Denso North America Inc.
The first batch of 50 trainees came to India in July and was sponsored by M/s Sabens Nigeria Limited which is an accredited training partner of the Presidential Amnesty Office.
This group would receive training in underwater welding and commercial diving at Adarsh Institute of Maritime Studies in Chennai for six months.
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In the late 1970s contracts for diving work were awarded to diving contractors, who hired vessels that could support the activity. Divers judged a DP vessel by its ‘footprint’ (the movement that a clump weight made on the seabed) and the number of times they had an alert to stop the work or get back to the surface because there was a ‘run off’. In 1980 the first guidance document was produced with the DP operational requirements from a diving contractor’s perspective.
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A "modern-day pirate," 75-year-old Ray Ives has been diving for sunken treasure for decades, and even wears an ancient, bronze-helmeted diving suit to search the ocean floor. This gorgeous documentary follows the adventurer via land, sea, and air; filmmaker Amanda Bluglass explains how they did it.
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Reading, 'Riting, 'Rithmetic and Robotics
When people think of "robotics," futuristic visions of Star Wars' R2D2 and the Jetsons might come to mind. Some West Hawaii schoolchildren don't have to imagine; they prefer a more hands-on approach.
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By far the largest purchase is one approved just two weeks ago — a $238,000 patrol boat for the Sheboygan County Sheriff's Department. Steinhardt said the county was notified Aug. 25 that it received the competitive grant and hopes to have the custom-built craft in use by next spring.
The 27-foot SAFE boat will be equipped with forward-looking infrared radar and side-scan sonar, which is used to search beneath the water.
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In the months after the Sept. 11 attacks, Marion, Mattapoisett and Rochester, and indeed many small communities across the U.S. started to feel the trickledown effect of the new Homeland Security Office in the form of grants to upgrade or purchase new equipment from communications equipment to boats, underwater search and rescue gear, and more, all aimed toward helping first responders – police, fire, emergency medical service professionals – save lives and minimize impact.
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J.D Neuhaus L.P.
LOWESTOFT is well set to reap the benefits of a huge growth in renewable energy, but as new wind farms take shape off our coast, how realistic are the forecasts for jobs and investment?
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DeepOcean has been given a letter of intent for a Nkr 68 million ($12.5 million) contract on Statoil’s H7 riser platform cessation project in the North Sea.
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Tehran - The operation to install the P-4 platform in Reshadat oil field as the largest oil rig in the Persian Gulf will be completed next week, the managing director of TASDID Offshore Development Company said. Amin Panahi described the dimensions of P-4 platform as 42 meters long and 43 meters wide platform with the height of 70 meters.
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The industry body which represents the UK’s subsea sector has appointed a new chief executive. Neil Gordon will take over the reins at Subsea UK at the beginning of July 2011. Currently general manager of the National Hyperbaric Centre in Aberdeen, Mr Gordon has over 20 years’ management and business development experience, combined with over 10 years’ subsea experience.
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Seadrill is currently evaluating the structure of the Company’s harsh environment activities which include the six drilling rigs contracted in the North Sea area.
In order to maximize the value of Seadrill’s harsh environment operations, and to create a basis for further strengthening of this segment, the Company is currently evaluating the existing ownership structure of these activities. One alternative that is under consideration is to organize this segment into a new public company where Seadrill will remain the majority shareholder.
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Keppel FELS Limited (Keppel FELS) has secured a contract worth approximately US$380 million from Transocean Offshore Deepwater Holdings Ltd, a subsidiary of Transocean Ltd. (Transocean), to build two high-specification jackup rigs based on the KFELS Super B Class Bigfoot design. The rigs’ deliveries are scheduled from 2H 2012 onwards.
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Scana Industrier ASA has through its daughter company Scana Steel Stavanger won contracts for supplying molded components for offshore mooring systems.
The contracts are signed with Bardex Corporation and Oil States in USA. Contract value is approximately 30 million NOK (EUR 3.8 mill).
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KBR has been selected by Chevron USA Inc. to execute the detailed design for the Chevron Big Foot Topsides project. The Big Foot field is located in the Walker Ridge Block 29 of the Gulf of Mexico and is owned by Chevron USA Inc. (operator) and other working interest owners. The proposed facility will be installed in approximately 5,200 feet of water approximately 225 miles from New Orleans and 35 miles south of Chevron’s producing Tahiti field.
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• Seascooter RS Series – Seadoo

• D9TX Titanium – Suunto

• Pegasus Thruster Commercial Bundle

• AC-CESS ROV SP-100 – Aeronautic Consultancy

• HD Helmet Hero Camera – GoPro

• SC3 (Project Black ) – scubacraft

• AS1 & AS2 Scooter – aquastar USA

• GPS Radio – nautilus life line

• X-TEK Range and C200 regulator – Scubapro

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The Marine Studies degree program at the University of Plymouth provides students with the opportunity to study marine subjects in a multidisciplinary environment. the broad subject areas of business, science and technology related to the sea, are provided in a modular format which gives flexibility for choice and focus of interest.
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