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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

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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

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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. 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.
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., Dec. 20 (UPI) -- Military divers will help clear thousands of discarded tires dumped of the south Florida coast in a failed attempt to create artificial reefs, officials said.
Broward County has requested the return of Army and Navy divers to haul up thousands of the waste tires, the South Florida Sun Sentinel reported Monday.
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Futuristic robots may be coming soon to an ocean near you. Sensorbots are spherical devices equipped with biogeochemical sensors, that promise to open a new chapter in the notoriously challenging exploration of earth's largest ecosystem -- the ocean. The devices are being designed and developed in the laboratory of Professor Deirdre Meldrum, ASU Senior Scientist and Director of the Center for Biosignatures Discovery Automation at Arizona State University's Biodesign Institute.
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Over 70 Scuba Santas took their annual plunge for the Royal National Lifeboat Institution yesterday at the National Diving Activity Centre outside Chepstow.
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In 1996 a research vessel located the wreckage and identified it as the doomed tanker. Seven years later, the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary, in collaboration with archaeologists from California State Parks and California Department of Transportation, surveyed the wreck. In 2009, a task force was formed to investigate the environmental risk posed by the tanker and its presumed cargo.
The task force worked with oil spill prevention personnel from Coast Guard Sector Los Angeles-Long Beach because the ship sits on the ocean floor in federal waters outside the state’s jurisdiction.
The mission called for an underwater remotely operated vehicle to travel 900 feet to the wreck, survey the site, drill and plug several small holes in the cargo tanks and take cargo and sediment samples. The massive list of difficult objectives needed to be completed within a two-week timeframe.
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Oil platforms may be considered engineering marvels of modern times. These grand structures are equipped with drilling machinery and sufficient storage for the extracted oil and natural gas until the volumes of crude yield are transferred to the shore to be processed in the refineries and marketed. Most platforms even house personnel who work there as ground crew.
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Shark Marine Technologies Inc.
DSIT Solutions Ltd., a subsidiary of Acorn Energy, Inc. announced the receipt of its largest order ever for underwater security systems. The contract calls for the delivery of a large number of AquaShield™ Diver Detection Sonar (DDS) and PointShield™ Portable Diver Detection Sonar (PDDS) systems that will protect offshore oil platforms, coastal energy terminals and high value vessels against underwater intrusion and sabotage. The value of the contract between DSIT and an undisclosed Asian customer is $12.3 million. Initial delivery of systems is scheduled to begin immediately with the remainder in 2012.
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Providence Resources P.l.c., the London and Dublin listed oil and gas exploration and production company, provides an interim update on its appraisal drilling programme in the North Celtic Sea Basin, offshore southern Ireland.
The 48/24-10 Barryroe well is located in c. 100 m water depth c. 50 km offshore Ireland in Standard Exploration Licence (SEL) 1/11, with operations being carried out by the GSF Arctic III semi-submersible rig.
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An environmental impact assessment published in November 2011 is the latest study to declare EM surveying environmentally benign, EMGS announced.
The environmental impact assessment commissioned by the International Association of Geophysical Contractors (IAGC) concludes that EM sources, as currently used, have no potential for significant effects on animal groups such as fish, seabirds, sea turtles and marine mammals.
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ABB, the leading power and automation technology group, will invest over $ 400 million to double the capacity of its high-voltage cables manufacturing facility in Karlskrona, Sweden, to meet growing demand for subsea cables.
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"The opening of our Russian entity will be a fundamental milestone for UMG and will help increase further awareness of our internationally acknowledged products and solutions across Europe and the Russian Federation," said Harry Gandhi, CEO of Unique maritime Group. "Our Russian base will be instrumental in our ambitious growth strategy. We will be marketing and providing world-wide support of a potentially revolutionary item of personal diving equipment that has the ability to improve diver's safety together with enhanced commercial benefits to the operating company."
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IAR Systems, a leading provider of software tools for embedded systems, announced that its build and debug tool chain IAR Embedded Workbench has been selected by Ocean Modules, an ISO 9001:2008 certified manufacturer of remotely-operated vehicles (ROV), for the next generation underwater technology. Ocean Modules V8 Offshore ROV is controlled through a combination of 8-bit Atmel AVR and 32-bit Atmel ARM MCUs and IAR Embedded Workbench was selected for its reliability.
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A key OPEC advisory body Monday recommended that producers keep output unchanged despite a weaker-than-expected demand outlook, four OPEC sources said, a move that could facilitate OPEC’s efforts to reach a much-sought-after accord later this week.
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Subsea equipment rental specialist Ashtead Technology announces the launch of a new Integrated Technical Services Group as a key part of its strategic growth strategy. The launch of this diversified service offering will include enhanced capabilities for bespoke systems integration, equipment maintenance and repair in the field. This will be supported by substantial investment in new equipment and modern calibration facilities through a network of regional offices around the globe.
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The Rozalia Project for a Clean Ocean concluded a record-setting year, and gave credit for some of its success to KCF Technologies Smart Tether - an innovative, very simple to use, non-acoustic navigation system that offers real-time GPS positioning for remotely operated underwater vehicles, along with advanced scanning, mapping, and target-marking functions. According to Rozalia Project Founder Rachael Miller, the KCF Smart Tether was able to "make our work much easier," giving "the ROV's exact latitude and longitude [to] allow us to mark the location of marine debris ... on Google Earth," an ability "invaluable to our data collection and research."
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Kongsberg Mesotech unveiled today the latest release of MS 1000 software for MS 1071 and MS 1171 Digital Scanning Sonar. This version provides stunning high-resolution underwater records when combined with Kongsberg MS 1171 Profiling Sonar and precision rotators.
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LinkQuest Inc.
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