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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 www.adc-int.org.

 
Since 2005, your association has inducted selected nominees into the Commercial Diving Hall of Fame. These individuals are nominated from all walks of life and represent men and women who have made a recognized and lasting contribution to commercial diving throughout their lifetime.
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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. The Hall of Fame is intended to "recognize and honor individuals whose dedication and accomplishments have significantly contributed to commercial diving through a life time of dedication." Prior inductees and short biographies are available on the ADCI Website at www.adc-int.org.
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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.
INTERNATIONAL NEWS
Major oil and gas companies have formed a dedicated cluster group to collaborate on identifying common technology challenges and potential solutions pertinent to the industry in Australia.
Established by global technology facilitator, ITF, nine operators and international service companies including Chevron, ConocoPhillips, Shell, Total, Woodside, GE Oil & Gas and Siemens have joined the Perth based cluster group to fast-track investment into groundbreaking oil and gas technologies.


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WASHINGTON – U.S. officials have approved an oil-spill plan for Royal Dutch Shell PLC as the company looks to begin drilling in the Arctic, saying Friday that Shell has demonstrated its ability to respond to potential spills in icy waters despite protests from environmental groups.
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There’s a James Bond-style aura around the types of exploratory remote machines that software engineer Sandy Takacs helps develop. Whether it’s developing a military satellite system or a smart mine hunter towed through the water by a helicopter, Takacs has been in the forefront of creating smart software for next-generation vehicles. His latest endeavor is testing undersea robots made by Hydroid Inc., a Bourne-based maker of unmanned underwater vehicles.
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The wreck of the submarine HMS Olympus, which sank after hitting a mine off Grand Harbour 70 years ago in one of the worst naval disasters of World War II, has been identified by the Aurora Trust. The trust, an archaeological team located at Key Largo, Florida, with its logistic base in Malta, reports that the submarine is in a rather good condition and lies upright on the seabed with its hatch open.
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Two scuba diving enthusiasts have found what they believe to be a 200-year-old shipwreck in the waters off Rhode Island in the United States.
The vessel is thought to be the USS Revenge and was discovered one mile off the coast of the island in New England during a wreck diving excursion.
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A leading tidal power developer has revealed it is in talks to create a new marine energy farm capable of producing both wind and tidal power, in a bid to cut costs and boost the reliability of intermittent green energy technologies.

Tim Cornelius, chief executive of Atlantis Resources, told BusinessGreen that the company is already in talks with suppliers of transmission components, such as cabling and converters, to examine the feasibility of building a combined project from scratch or adding its own tidal turbines onto an existing offshore wind farm.
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Shark Marine Technologies Inc.
INDUSTRY NEWS
The Underwater Centre, Fort William saw half of a recent ROV class employed by leading providers of subsea services to the oil and gas industry, DOF Subsea, following the company's attendance at an open day at the Centre.
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Dutch-based heavy lift and offshore specialist Huisman has delivered the 600 metre/tonne wind turbine installation crane onboard GeoSea’s DP2 jack-up vessel ‘Neptune’. The crane was handed over to the vessel builder IHC Offshore and Marine BV.
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Seabed AS was founded in 2008 by Mr Hans Martin Gravdal, who has more than 30 years of experience within a wide range of subsea operations. Mr Gravdal and his experienced team will continue with the company which is to be renamed Swire Seabed AS. Along with the acquisition, SPO will take ownership of Seabed Worker, the 88m state of the art Multi-Purpose Support Vessel, and the high-specification subsea ROVs held by Seabed AS.
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To tackle the strong currents in Australia’s offshore oil and gas fields, Cal Dive International (Australia) Pty Limited has selected Saab Seaeye’s powerful new Panther XT Plus ROV. A Cal Dive spokesman said: "The Panther ticks all the boxes. It is small enough to work inside rig and platform jackets, yet powerful enough to open and close pipeline valves and operate in the strong currents of open water."
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VideoRay, the global leader in observation Remotely Operated Vehicle technology, is working on plans to acquire and renovate the former Levitz building at 212 E. High Street.
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TITAN Salvage, a Crowley Maritime Corp. company, has been awarded a contract to serve as the commercial marine salvage and engineering support contractor for the Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA), the division of the U.S. Navy responsible for engineering, building, buying and maintaining Navy ships and submarines and their combat systems.
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The multi-component seismic company Reservoir Exploration Technology ASA (RXT) has received a contract award from an international oil company for an Ocean Bottom Cable survey offshore Norway.
The total survey duration is expected to be 116 days and the estimated contract value is $24.5m.
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ION Geophysical Corporation reported fourth quarter 2011 revenues of $159.9 million, compared to $158.6 million in the fourth quarter of 2010
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Milan, February 16, 2012. Prysmian Group, world leader in the energy and telecom cables and systems industry, has been awarded a record contract worth approximately 800 million Euro, the highest value ever awarded in the cable business, for the development of Western HVDC Link, a new submarine High Voltage Direct Current (HVDC) interconnector between Scotland and England. The whole turnkey project will be executed by a consortium of Prysmian and Siemens who will be responsible for the HVDC converter stations.
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DIVE COMMERCIAL INTERNATIONAL, INC.
REGULATORY NEWS
Muscat A top International Labour Organisation (ILO) official has urged countries in the region to ratify the Maritime Labour Convention (MLC) to strengthen the ‘Fourth Pillar’ of international maritime law.
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NEW PRODUCTS AND TECHNOLOGY
Fugro GRL’s DeepWorks simulator has been enhanced to allow users to model friction acting on dynamic bodies such as cables and ROVs when they come into contact with each other or with the seabed. This adds realism to subsea simulations. Friction is an important component in forecasting the behaviour of moving and stationary subsea objects. DeepWorks now calculates friction forces resulting from any forces acting on the body including gravity.
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Hibbard Inshore, the Michigan-based deep tunnel and underwater specialist, has become the first company to order the new Saab Seaeye Sabertooth hybrid long-range AUV/ROV. Although ideal for hard to access subsea tasks, the Sabertooth hybrid has found its first role high in the Rocky Mountains.
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Hydroid, Inc., a subsidiary of Kongsberg Maritime and the leading manufacturer of autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs), has announced its new AUV, the REMUS 100-S, at the Shallow Survey Conference in Wellington, New Zealand.
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LinkQuest Inc.
Association of Diving Contractors International
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Houston, TX 77069
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