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Fox Industries, Inc.
UPCOMING EVENTS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

The ADCI announces its Annual 30 Day Public Comment Period for submittal of proposed revisions to the ADCI Consensus Standards for Commercial Diving and Underwater Operations (6th Ed.).

The ADCI encourages all industry stakeholders to submit their proposed revisions to the Consensus Standards.  To submit revisions go to www.underwatermagazine.com and link on to ADCI Consensus Standards 30 Day Review 2012.

 

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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
The world’s last underwater research laboratory could be shut down for good, lacking a few million dollars in federal funding. The Aquarius Reef Base — part of the National Undersea Research Program, a deep-water study program run by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Agency (NOAA) for the past 20 years — has provided a unique and invaluable environment for everything from marine biology research to the testing of new technologies. Recently, the base even hosted astronauts simulating an asteroid mission, the lab’s 16th collaboration with NASA.
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Incorporating eventual decommissioning in the early stages of platform design has become more important for clients, but new innovations have yet to be embraced by the mainstream. Decom professionals in both the Gulf of Mexico and North Sea say they are seeing costs rise and safety precautions needed when working on older offshore platforms and structures, where ease-of-decommissioning wasn't prioritized during their design years ago.
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A $2.2 million expedition that hoped to find wreckage from famed aviator Amelia Earhart's final flight is on its way back to Hawaii without the dramatic, conclusive plane images searchers were hoping to attain.
But the group leading the search, The International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery, still believes Earhart and her navigator crashed onto a reef off a remote island in the Pacific Ocean 75 years ago this month, its president told The Associated Press on Monday.
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The federal government is looking to finish a survey of an underwater shipwreck littered with tonnes of munitions just outside of Halifax.
Defence Construction Canada, a Crown corporation that serves the Defence Department, has issued a tender for a contractor to complete the survey in an area south of the city that's popular with recreational divers.
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The Office of Naval Research (ONR) in conjunction with the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) sponsored the 15th annual RoboSub competition hosted at the Navy's Space and Naval Warfare Systems (SPAWAR) Transducer Evaluation Center in San Diego, July 17-22.
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Eversafe engineers were called to the site urgently. After checking vessel bottom, Eversafe engineers presented the salvage plan: using fours pieces marine bags to lift vessel up from bank , then vessel can move into water with rolling airbags by its gravity force. This plan was the most convenient and economical method to relaunch the vessel at that time.
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The curious 5-year-old from Santa Cruz knows an octopus has eight arms and that there are pink jellyfish. But Monday, she got to study other sea life up close inside the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary Exploration Center, where she was among the first visitors after a grand opening ceremony. The 12,400-square-foot center at 35 Pacific Ave. — across from the Municipal Wharf and down the street from the Beach Boardwalk — features 7,000 square feet of exhibits about biodiversity, geology and preservation of the nation's largest marine sanctuary.
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Shark Marine Technologies Inc.
INDUSTRY NEWS
The Diving Medical Advisory Committee has published a revision to ‘Medical Equipment to be held at the Site of an Offshore Diving Operation’ (DMAC 15 Rev. 3). This supersedes all previous issues which have now been withdrawn.
The list covers equipment suitable for the treatment of diving related disorders on the surface or in a decompression chamber, and for other potential problems (e.g. trauma) which may occur during diving operations.
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The vessel is specially designed and equipped to suit the Norwegian installation market. This advanced subsea construction vessel has a length of 142 meters and width of 27 meters, and is equipped with a 400-ton crane and a 2,000-ton carousel for storage of flexible pipe below deck. The vessel will be built at Bergen Group BMV AS in Bergen, Norway, and delivered in 2014.
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RESOLVE Engineering Group, LLC has announced the launch of two of the Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering firm’s latest design and construction support jobs.
The American Phoenix, a 616’ x 105’ chemical tanker was built by BAE Systems Southeast Shipyards, Alabama for owner Mid-Ocean Tanker Company LLC of South Norwalk, CT. RESOLVE provided construction support for the owner during final outfitting and completion of the American Phoenix 49,000 DWT Tanker which is the largest vessel ever built in Alabama.
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Phoenix International Holdings, Inc. (Phoenix) recently completed a multi-year effort to improve the hull integrity of the museum ship USS Midway (Midway) in San Diego, CA. The project involved divers wet welding steel patches over hull openings to limit the amount of water intrusion into the ship’s hull. When compared to the impact and cost of dry-docking Midway, the Phoenix method of performing work underwater allowed museum operations to continue uninterrupted while avoiding the tremendous expense and disruption of placing Midway in dry-dock.
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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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DIVE COMMERCIAL INTERNATIONAL, INC.
REGULATORY NEWS
The BLM welcomes further discussion about the Federal helium program and the BLM's role in meeting future helium needs for the country, especially for Federal agencies that depend on helium for scientific research, aerospace projects, and defense purposes. Since its formal discovery almost 120 years ago, helium has proven to be an increasingly important natural resource. The expansion of helium-related technology and declining domestic reserves means the importance of helium as a strategic resource is likely to increase. The BLM continues to serve the country by effectively managing the Federal Helium Reserve, and working with natural gas producers to efficiently extract helium from natural gas.
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NEW PRODUCTS AND TECHNOLOGY
The HTU joins an array of specialist equipment that forms the recently opened Diving and Hyperbaric Test Centre based in Haslar, Portsmouth UK.
The HTU is a versatile, two compartment chamber that can be used for the testing and evaluation of undersea and hyperbaric systems. It will specifically enable the assessment of submarine escape and diving systems and components.
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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.
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Hoffer Flow Controls is a manufacturer of custom subsea turbine flowmeters for a variety of subsea applications, including flow-monitoring on BOPs, ROVs, hydrate remediation skids, tooling skids and more. We provide customised flow solutions for the most demanding subsea flow environments.
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Magnalight has announced the release of the DCP-11-DP-SW waterproof power supply designed to convert standard 120/240 VAC power to 11 amp 12 Volt DC output for powering lights and equipment requiring 12 volt direct current. Waterproof and fitted with an inline switch, this power supply not only provides reliable DC output, but allows operators to control the on/off operation of equipment as well. Small in size and mounted to an aluminum bracket that can be hung or permanently mounted, this power supply and switch combo is ideal for powering Magnalight lights and other 12 volt equipment.
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Offshore drilling platforms and ocean vessels require specialised weather-proof telephones, emergency notification systems and intercoms that can withstand the elements of both seawater and freezing temperatures. Harsh marine conditions make it even more important that emergency evacuation and notification products are built to provide safety and security to personnel when needed.
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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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