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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
To salvage a ship from such a depth was a risky gamble that J. F. Swanberg, President of the Elliot Bay Dry Dock Company, could not afford to lose. Given the depth of the Kitsap, many experienced salvors steered clear of going after this job. If the ship had sunk in a shallower location, a diver would have likely been sent below to make an inspection and see how the wreck lay. He could then assist in securing lift cables to the hull. But in these earlier days of "submarine" diving, a hardhat diver rarely went much deeper than 100 to 150 feet due to the limitations of their manual air pump system and due to the increased risks of decompression sickness at the greater depths.
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From today through April 28, the public can watch live undersea video and listen in as ocean explorers at sea and ashore comment in real-time as they observe marine species, visit gas seeps and map poorly known areas of the northern Gulf of Mexico.
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The Natural Resources Defense Council and the Center for Biological Diversity aim to put restrains on underwater seismic equipment used in surveys. Reports show that this equipment harms marine mammals.
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Twenty eight floaters are drilling, producing or en route in the deepwater Gulf of Mexico, according to Rigzone’s Riglogix Database.
Though plenty of offshore personnel travel by supply vessel to floaters, some rigs are just too far from shore to commute via water. Many offshore personnel from cooks to installation managers take helicopters to work. And with offshore crews typically working shifts of two weeks on and two weeks off, there is a constant flow of helicopter traffic over the GOM. With weather in the GOM unpredictable–from fog to strong thunderstorms, not to mention hurricanes–helicopter safety is of utmost importance to the offshore crews

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The founder of the Virgin group of companies, Sir Richard Branson, announces plans to launch his own deep-sea project this summer, Zee News reported.
He plans to conduct a solo submarine journey to the bottom of the sea at the Puerto Rico Trench in the Atlantic Ocean.


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A luxury cruise ship was evacuated safely yesterday after striking a massive iceberg in the North Atlantic.
And oil rig workers escaped without injury after the helicopter transporting them to an offshore rig was forced to ditch in stormy conditions. The dramatic incidents were played out as part of two training exercises at the National Maritime College of Ireland’s state-of-the-art training facilities in Ringaskiddy, Co Cork.
The college has a 360-degree ship-bridge simulator which can be programmed to mimic any kind of ship sailing into the world’s largest ports. The students were put in control of a large cruise ship programmed to strike an iceberg, and take on water. They had to co-ordinate the emergency response and organise the evacuation of the ship’s crew and passengers.

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Shark Marine Technologies Inc.
INDUSTRY NEWS
The French Government announced its decision last week to award the Iberdrola-Eole-RES consortium exclusive rights to develop a 500 MW offshore wind project in the area of Saint-Brieuc, off the coast of Brittany.
The project is expected to generate some 2,000 jobs and play a key role in developing an offshore wind industry in France.

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Benford Capital Partners LLC and Coppermine Capital LLC acquired the assets of Neptune Underwater Services (USA) LLC, the U.S. diving business of Neptune Marine Services Limited ("Neptune"), in a newly-formed entity, called U.S. Underwater Services LLC
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GURSKOEY, Norway – Kongsberg Evotec will supply its new ROV Launch and Recovery System (E-LARS) to a new Forland Shipping subsea vessel under construction at Havyard Leirvik, Norway.
The vessel is 110 m (361 ft) long, 22 m (72 ft) wide, and due for delivery in 2013. Konsgberg’s consignment comprises both an ‘overboard’ system and a moonpool system. It is designed to handle work class ROVs with or without a tether management system to water depths below 4,000 m (13,123 ft).


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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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Department of Energy (DOE) grant recipient, Ocean Renewable Power Company (ORPC) is now licensed to construct, operate, and maintain its 5-unit, 300 kW TidGen Power System in Cobscook Bay, Maine. In 2010, DOE awarded $10 million to ORPC’s $21-million TidGen Power System Commercialization Project.
This project significantly advances the technical, operational, and environmental goals of the tidal energy industry at large and accelerates ocean power technology developed, manufactured, and deployed by a U.S. company in domestic waters. The 8-year pilot project is among the first ocean power projects in the United States to install a grid-tied marine and hydrokinetic device and generate electricity from tidal currents

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FMC Technologies, Inc. announced that it has signed a four-year agreement with Petrobras, Brazil’s national oil company, for the supply of pre-salt subsea equipment. The total award would result in approximately $1.5 billion in revenue to FMC Technologies if all of the subsea equipment included in the agreement is ordered. The initial call-off has an approximate value of $900 million in revenue to FMC and includes 78 subsea trees
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Technip announced Thursday that its wholly-owned subsidiary Duco has been awarded a contract by Bluewater Industries for the Cheviot field development, whose operator is ATP Oil & Gas.
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Kongsberg Maritime's subsidiary Kongsberg Evotec has won a contract to install its new launch and recovery system (E-LARS) for remotely operated vehicles (ROV) on a new Forland Shipping subsea vessel currently being built at Havyard Leirvik in Norway.
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DIVE COMMERCIAL INTERNATIONAL, INC.
REGULATORY NEWS

 
NEW PRODUCTS AND TECHNOLOGY
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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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 minimize any client operational downtime
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imStudio launches new website to educate those interested in gaining skills and experience in the underwater welding industry. UnderwaterWeldingGuide.org will assist potential students in locating schools, understanding educational requirements and finding available positions post certification.
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Last week, MAKE ran a post on creating 3D models of buildings using an UAV. I wondered if the same thing could be done using an AUV (autonomous underwater vehicle). So I ran some experiments using our OpenROV! We took a waterproof digital camera to the touch pool at the aquarium in SF and shot a few videos of a starfish. We extracted some stills and used 123D Catch to generate the model seen here.
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LinkQuest 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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