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Fox Industries, Inc.
UPCOMING EVENTS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

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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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April 25, 2012
Sheraton North Hotel, Houston

This workshop aims to:
• Raise the understanding amongst end users of key
control elements of the OGP Diving Recommended
Practice (Report Number 411).

• Achieve a global step change in improving diver
safety.

The target audience of the workshop is:
• OGP Members
• Fleet owners and managers
• Classification societies
• Flagstates
• Regulatory bodies
• Trade associations
• Insurance underwriters
• Ship agents
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Denso North America Inc.
INTERNATIONAL NEWS
The world renowned survey department of Rijkswaterstaat (RWS) in Holland has just taken receipt of their first integrated Underwater Inspection System (UIS™) from CodaOctopus. Purchased through our agent, Nautikaris BV, RWS have already scheduled a full program of survey and inspection work for their state-of-the-art UIS which incorporates the Echoscope® Real-Time 3D sonar.
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DecomWorld speaks to the National Hyperbaric Test Centre’s test manager, David Cruikshank, about decommissioning innovations that have crossed the facility’s threshold over the last twelve months.
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City native Rhonda Moniz, an underwater cinematographer, diving safety officer and pilot and engineer for remotely operated vehicles, has been chosen "explorer in residence" at the Ocean Explorium on Union Street.
Moniz is founder and director of operations of Benthic Exploration, a company on County Street specializing in marine technology.
Moniz has been a part of several expeditions around the world, including some with famed ocean explorer Dr. Robert Ballard, who found the sunken RMS Titanic in 1985.
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Armed with better batteries and stronger materials, new submersibles aim to go deeper than ever before and open up the whole of the unexplored ocean to human eyes
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EMAS announces that its subsea construction division, EMAS AMC, has been awarded a SURF contract for marine installation and pipe lay from Statoil valued at approximately US$55 million.
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Virgin Galactic, a private spaceflight company, has its sights set on bringing tourists to the stars. But the company’s founder, billionaire Richard Branson, has a new frontier in mind: the bottom of the sea.
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AN AQUATIC robot developed by mechatronic experts at the University of Sydney will audit Western Australia’s Ningaloo coast.
The robotic technology will assist scientists from the Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS) in detailed mapping of the seabed communities of Ningaloo Reef’s deeper waters, which form part of Australia’s Integrated Marine Observing System (IMOS).

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For almost 50 years, the deep-diving Alvin has been exploring the ocean floor — even retrieving a lost nuclear bomb between some notable scientific discoveries.
Now, the Navy-owned, civilian-operated science vessel is being refitted with a tougher new hull designed by Southwest Research Institute — one that will allow it to reach 99 percent of the ocean floor, instead of the approximately 60 percent it can explore now.

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With its federal license in hand, a Maine-based tidal energy company is ready to install its underwater power system for the first time on the floor of the ocean.
Ocean Renewable Power Co. aims to begin installation of its first grid-connected power unit in mid-March at a 60-acre site in Cobscook Bay at the nation’s easternmost tip.

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Shark Marine Technologies Inc.
INDUSTRY NEWS
The total number of offshore rigs under contract has shown a high degree of stability over the past eight months. Contracted floaters, rigs capable of deepwater drilling, have not budged relative to the fourth quarter’s average. Contracted jackups have fallen by 5 rigs versus the fourth quarter. But both jackups and floaters are in better shape than the third quarter. Looking ahead, oil field service companies like Schlumberger and Transocean recently made comments that hinted of further strengthening in the offshore markets both globally and in the Gulf of Mexico
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Leading subsea equipment rental company Ashtead Technology has announced the purchase of $1.4m of Sonardyne 6G subsea acoustic positioning equipment. The announcement was made on the opening day of the Oceanology International 2012 exhibition and conference in London.
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"Safety first" is the maxim of many a workplace but, two years after the Macondo disaster, nowhere does it hold more relevance than in the Gulf of Mexico oil and gas industry.
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Expectations have been clearly communicated by the Bureau of Safety & Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) pressing operators to decommission unused properties and creating a $30-40 billion market in the Gulf of Mexico.
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Leading underwater service provider, Hibbard Inshore has announced the newest addition to its remotely operated vehicle (ROV) fleet - the Mojave. Purchased from Sub-Atlantic™, the Mojave sets new standards for compact ROVs as the most power vehicle for its size.
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Cal Dive International, Inc. (NYSE:DVR) announced that it has been awarded a contract by Pemex Exploración y Producción for the installation of a 20 inch subsea pipeline located in the Abkatun Pol Chuc Field in 73 meters of water. The contract is expected to generate total revenue of approximately $46 million and will utilize two of the Company’s key assets. The offshore construction is expected to commence in the second quarter 2012.
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The Stewart Group launched its specialist subsea and renewables business and appointed Michael Braid to lead the new sector.
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Technip has been awarded a contract by Exxon Mobil Corporation for subsea equipment on the Hadrian South natural gas project in the Gulf of Mexico in approximately 7,500 feet (2,300 meters) of water.
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DIVE COMMERCIAL INTERNATIONAL, INC.
REGULATORY NEWS
US authorities are reluctant to discuss the possibility of leakage from permanently or temporarily abandoned wells, making increased regulation unlikely.
The Idle Iron NTL issued to operators in October 2010 has not so much changed the procedure for dealing with non-producing wells in the Gulf of Mexico as it has clarified definitions and concentrated minds.

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NEW PRODUCTS AND TECHNOLOGY
The first Brand of the Month will be Kirby Morgan, the leading name in commercial diving helmets and full-face masks. As part of the initial promotion, Amron will be giving away a Kirby Morgan Men’s Sport Watch, which has a $125 retail value. Anyone who purchases Kirby Morgan equipment through Amron from March 1 – March 31, 2012 will be automatically entered into the prize drawing.
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RESON announce that GSE Rentals have once again shown their commitment to investing in RESON’s SeaBat technology. GSE Rentals have procured their first SeaBat 7125SV2 system to add to their existing pool of RESON SeaBat systems.
The latest SeaBat 7125SV2 system delivered to GSE features the sought after option of FlexMode as well as a three year service and support agreement – including a backup system to minimise any client operational downtime.
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Since the year 2000, LHR Marine has been working alongside high quality Mooring Equipment manufacturer Feuerstein to supply the finest range Offshore Mooring Accessories.
Part of the ever growing Feuerstein range is the Roller J-Chaser which has been designed to eliminate the Wear from Prolonged Wire Rope Usage
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As part of Bowtech’s continual product improvement strategy, our compact tooling and diving cameras have been upgraded with 100 more TV lines.
The monochrome LCC-700 camera replaces the LCC-600 and the colour camera L3C-650 replaces the LCC-550.
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Aqua Lung America
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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