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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


Notices were sent out to All ADCI General and Associate Members to submit nominees.

• Any General or Associate Member company that is in good standing with the ADCI is eligible to run as a candidate for the Board of Directors. 

• Candidates may nominate themselves or may be nominated by another ADCI member.

• All nominees must sign a written statement that they will accept the nomination and that they understand the duties and responsibilities of the office.

• Name, address and a short biography of the candidates (both company and representative) are also required.

All nominations (with written biography, and written acceptance to run as a candidate) must be received by December 1, 2011. 

Nominations should be forwarded to:

Bruce Trader, MADCON
Chairman, ADCI Nominations Committee

Please take the opportunity to get involved with your organization.

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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Dear Diver Medic:
The National Board of Diving & Hyperbaric Medical Technology is pleased to announce a DMT refresher training course. It is scheduled for January 25/26, 2012 and will be held at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans. This unique training opportunity is organized and sponsored by the National Board and will coincide with Underwater Intervention 2012, the Association of Diving Contractors International’s annual conference.
Several diving medical specialists have agreed to speak. The National Board is also very grateful to Safety Management Systems, a division of Acadian Companies, and headquartered in Lafayette, LA. SMS agreed to make available several of its instructors and all necessary manikins for the clinical and diagnostic skills sessions.
A registration fee of $75.00 will cover all course materials, lunch (Cajun style) daily, coffee and sodas throughout each day, and a DMT t-shirt.
Registration is limited and available on a first come first served basis. To reserve a place go to Here you will find the application form and a preliminary program outline. If you have any questions not answered in the attachments contact the National Board at

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 U.S. Army Corps of Engineers operates numerous navigation locks and dams across the country. Age and lack of funds to maintain these structures has led to significant increases in unscheduled outages. Dewatering provides the best inspection opportunity but is costly and halts navigation traffic. Diver inspections are costly, and safety is an issue. Frequent underwater inspections using remotely operated vehicles (ROVs) would help reduce the number and severity of unscheduled outages at low cost, with little impact on navigation and few safety concerns. ROV use was documented at two Corps facilities and one public utility district and their costs were compared with inspections using divers or dewatering. In each case, benefits from reduced labor costs, shipping delays, and lost power production far exceed the amortized costs of the ROVs. The payback period for purchasing an ROV can be less than one year, and their easy deployment encourages more frequent inspections. ROV technology can immediately help to improve Corps asset management and public safety assurance through increased underwater inspections. Most Corps navigation facilities should own a small ROV, costing about $30K, to conduct visual inspections. Also, the Corps should partner with vendors to improve ROV internal navigation and to integrate real-time position, sensor data, and visual images within 3-D virtual representations of its structures.
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As billionaire adventurers Richard Branson and Tom Perkins prepare to break records in deep sea exploration, their ventures have already illuminated what can happen when a brilliant engineer has the right set of tools.
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MONTEREY, Calif. -- Female students from the Monterey Peninsula attended the Expanding Your Horizons (EYH) Conference and Career Fair, Nov. 5, as part of ongoing outreach efforts by the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) to engage young people in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) fields.
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Several large Hamilton companies such as McKeil Marine and Bermingham Foundation Solutions have joined a larger Lake Ontario consortium to encourage the development of offshore wind power projects.
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Divers are set to carry out a pre-Christmas massed-Santa dive at an inland dive site plus a Boxing Day swim along the Thames – all in aid of charity.
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Most of the tracking of the Gulf oil spill is being done by aerial surveys or satellite imagery, but earlier this week, Mote Marine Laboratory in Sarasota launched a specially-equipped robot to detect oil off southwest Florida.
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J.D Neuhaus L.P.
Reef Subsea has signed two five-year charter agreements with Neptune Offshore in Norway for two newbuild, dynamically positioned subsea construction vessels - Neptune Despina and Neptune Larissa.
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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., Nov. 16, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Building on previous years' collaboration, Brownie's Marine Group, Inc. (OTCBB: BWMG), a leading developer, manufacturer and distributor of highly specialized dive and safety product and Triton Submarines a leading manufacturer and developer of submarines teamed up as strategic partners at the recent Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show (FLIPS) where the new 3300/3 Triton Submarine was introduced and the Brownie's VS was showcased.
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Subsea installations were carried out by remotely operated vehicles (ROVs) at the sea bed depths ranging from 600 metres to 1200 metres, well beyond diver depths. At the peak of offshore construction, the largest marine construction spread in the world comprising of 89 vessels was deployed in an area of 400 square km.
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Schilling Robotics, LLC, experts in subsea systems, announced today the order for two (2) Heavy-Duty™ (HD™) ROV systems from maritime operator SMIT. The HD™ systems will be rated for 4,000m and will be supplied with tether management systems (TMS), control vans, and launch and recovery systems (LARS). SMIT will install the HD™ ROV systems onboard their subsea diving support vessels in support of the company’s expanding global subsea operations. The systems will be delivered first quarter of 2012.
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Ensco has entered into a drilling contract for ENSCO 120 (400′ ILC), an ultra-premium harsh environment jackup rig. The initial contract is with Nexen Petroleum for their Golden Eagle development in the Central North Sea for 10 wells with an estimated initial contract value of approximately $120 million. Contract commencement is scheduled for fourth quarter 2013 following systems integration testing and mobilization. Nexen may extend the term through 11 one-well options that would increase the contract value by an estimated $140 million.
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BHP Billiton plans to invest roughly US $4.5 billion developing the shale oil and gas assets it bought in the U.S. this financial year as it ramps up production, the head of the mining company’s petroleum division said Monday.
BHP expects capital spending to jump to almost US $6 billion in the 2015 fiscal year and roughly US $6.5 billion by 2020 as the company ramps up the number of rigs on its four project areas, Michael Yeager said in a conference call from Melbourne.
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Technip is pleased to announce the formation of a new and enhanced worldwide consultancy, subsea and offshore engineering services company. This new company is a combination of Technip wholly owned subsidiary Genesis Oil and Gas Consultants and the deepwater engineering team of Technip in Houston. The newly formed organization called Genesis will aim to be the worldwide leader in early phase engineering consultancy and full-lifecycle subsea and offshore engineering services. Working independently from Technip, it will provide objective engineering services to the energy sector.
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Scanmatic develop, produce and deliver industrial systems and products within the areas of data acquisition, remote control and surveillance, industrial data communication, SCADA systems and hydro acoustics.
Scanmatic channel a unique knowledge of hydro acoustics into meeting the requirements of various industries, and establishments such as NATO, whilst offering training of personnel, consulting and development of sonar technology and wireless sub-sea communication.
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Shark Marine Technologies Inc.
Association of Diving Contractors International
5206 FM 1960 West, Ste. 202
Houston, TX 77069
Phone: (281) 893-8388
Fax: (281) 893-5118

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