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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.
Floating Liquefied Natural Gas (FLNG) is a concept that has received serious attention from major companies involved in gas production since the 1990s. The idea behind the concept is simple: the ability to convert natural gas into LNG in an offshore environment will allow remote, and previously un-commercial, gas fields to be exploited.
After many years of research and development, it is still likely to be a few more years before we finally see a working FLNG vessel operating on a remote gas field. However, thanks to a number of FLNG projects currently in development around the world we are now getting a very good idea of what shape such a vessel might look like.

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China plans to recruit four to six oceanauts in 2013 as the country vigorously explores the deep sea.
"The national deep-sea base is working on the standards of selection, training and rating of oceanauts," Liu Baohua, director of the base's administrative center, said Thursday.
China currently has three oceanauts -- Ye Cong, Tang Jialing and Fu Wentao, Liu said.
The construction of an expansive deep-sea base, designed to be a state-level oceanic technical support center, is expected to begin later this year or in early 2013, Liu said.
He added researchers with the national base were working on relevant technologies, such as a simulation system of high-pressure oceanic environment and application tools of the manned submersible.

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DOWNSVILLE – A New York City Department of Environmental Protection contractor began to mobilize equipment that will be used during the underwater removal of suspected fuel oil from an object buried under the Pepacton Reservoir in Delaware County.
How and when the tank got there in a reservoir that was built in the 1930s is a mystery, said Assistant DEP Commissioner David Warne.

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At 7 a.m. on Thursday morning, June 21, the Cape Fear Community College’s ocean-going research vessel, the Dan Moore, left port in Beaufort, N.C. In just a few hours, the vessel was miles out of sight of land, making its return voyage to Wilmington after a four-day cruise.
Students enrolled in CFCC’s marine science curriculum were aboard and prepared to launch a side scan sonar, a marine technology device that captures images on the ocean’s floor using acoustic signals. The students have studied the sonar technology in the classroom, but the Dan Moore provides them with a unique opportunity to put the theory to practice.

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A team of international geoscientists will set out on a sea expedition to explore submarine canyons in the central Mediterranean Sea.

Submarine canyons are large and deep valleys eroded in the seafloor. They are poorly studied features that host a wide diversity of marine life. The study of submarine canyons is important because they transfer nutrients and pollutants from coastal waters to the deep ocean and can be a focus of submarine landslides and associated tsunamis.

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Submersible Jiaolong set a new national dive record on Wednesday after reaching 7,062 meters below sea level during its fifth dive into the Mariana Trench. The Jiaolong got three water samples, two sediment samples and one organism sample, placed a marker, and made several experiments on the sea floor 7,062 meters deep from the sea surface.
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A lot of things can go wrong when you’re on top of the water steering a remotely operated vehicle (ROV) several feet below the surface.
The vehicle might stall — become "dead in the water," as they say. It might not pick up the objects it’s supposed to. It might even break apart.
Nearly two dozen Sea Cadets from Ventura County experienced some version of all of those when they built and then tested their handcrafted ROVs at Naval Base Ventura County (NBVC) earlier this year.

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Hong Kong (HKSAR) - The ocean provides more than 99 per cent of the space available for living things on the planet, but only around 3 per cent of that space has been explored. Scientists may even discover new species almost every time they visit the deep ocean, which makes that mysterious part of the world so attractive to explorers. Those who want to catch the spirit of exploration should not miss the latest special exhibition, "Creatures of the Abyss", at the Hong Kong Science Museum.
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Shark Marine Technologies Inc.
THE North Sea’s booming subsea sector is set for a massive 10,000 jobs bonanza over the next 12 months.
But a new report by the industry’s trade body Subsea UK has warned that increasing problems in recruiting suitably qualified personnel could stand in the way of the jobs boost target being fully realised.

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SYDNEY – Australia’s government on Sunday said it has awarded 12 new petroleum exploration permits for off the coast of Western Australia and Victoria state. Among the eight companies to win the permits–the tender process received 46 bids–are BHP Billiton, Bass Strait Oil Company, WHL Energy and Woodside Petroleum.
"Liquefied natural gas exports are forecast to significantly expand in Australia over the next two decades," said Martin Ferguson, resources minister in a release.
"With these new permits, we hope to see discovery of new oil and gas reserves, which could translate into more jobs and growth for our economy."

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As the economic recovery continues to sputter along, construction companies eager to land any available projects have found themselves bidding outside their normal scope of work. Maritime construction is one such industry that has seen an increase in contractors who may not typically work on marine-related projects, thereby increasing the likelihood that individual projects may fall outside their skill set.
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HAVANA, Cuba — For 30 years, generous oil subsidies from Moscow kept the lights on for Fidel Castro’s Cuban Revolution. Until the Soviet Union went kaput.
Now, Russian state oil companies may be coming to Cuba’s rescue again.
Oil industry journals reported this week that a Soviet-built, Norwegian-owned drilling platform is headed for Cuban waters this summer, under contract with Moscow-based state company Zarubezhneft.
The company has hired the rig, called the Songa Mercur, at a cost of $88 million for nearly a year, with plans to begin drilling in November. That should be enough time to poke plenty of holes in search of Cuba’s elusive undersea oil fields, which are thought to hold billions of barrels of crude but have yet to yield a decent strike.

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Rotterdam - Imtech Marine announces that Elkon (Istanbul), member of Imtech Marine , signed a contract for the design and supply of the complete electrical systems to power three Turkish Navy Auxiliary vessels. The vessels, consisting of one Submarine Rescue Mother Ship (MoShip) and two Rescue and Towing Ships (RATships) will be built by Istanbul Shipyard in Tuzla Turkey and are scheduled to be delivered to the Turkish Navy by mid of 2015.
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Norwegian survey and positioning specialists, iSURVEY Group AS, has chosen to invest in a SPRINT (Subsea Precision Reference Inertial Navigation Technology) system from Sonardyne International to support its ROV surveys and deep water marine construction activities.
The purchase follows trials of the system in the North Sea during which SPRINT was subjected to a detailed technical appraisal and was shown to deliver immediate cost savings and major operational benefits.
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Looks like science may have created a new way to help keep people alive without air, and the application for Commercial Diving is obvious. Imaging having an emergency syringe that you can inject yourself with if you run out of air to keep your body functioning for a few extra (and potentially life saving) minutes
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The survey vessel Capella was commissioned at the Federal Maritime and Hydrographic Agency of Germany (BSH) in January this year. Capella has been developed especially for navigation in shallow waters and is a valuable complement to the other four BSH survey vessels, any operatively economical hydrographic shallow area survey of the Wadden Sea, narrow coastal inlets and Baltic coastal lagoons having been unavailable up until then.
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The survey vessel Capella was commissioned at the Federal Maritime and Hydrographic Agency of Germany (BSH) in January this year. Capella has been developed especially for navigation in shallow waters and is a valuable complement to the other four BSH survey vessels, any operatively economical hydrographic shallow area survey of the Wadden Sea, narrow coastal inlets and Baltic coastal lagoons having been unavailable up until then.
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Aquabotix, a marine technology company bringing the accessibility of consumer electronics products to the complex world of underwater video, today announced the availability of the Aquabotix HydroView, an affordable and easy-to-use remote-operated underwater vehicle that instantly beams a high definition video back to the surface.
Controlled wirelessly with an iOS tablet, smartphone or any laptop, the HydroView shoots full 1080p HD video and still images, while users intuitively navigate the depths simply by tilting the wireless device and controlling speed and video commands via the touch screen.

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In 2004 KCF Technologies was funded, through a Navy Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) project (N04-T020), to create a tether-based underwater positioning system for a variety of underwater applications including positioning vehicles in mine countermeasure applications. Through several years of development, KCF created a technology that met the challenges. The resulting commercial product, Smart Tether, sold its 100th system in 2011 and is marking three years since the technology was first commercially available.
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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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