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The Importance of Client Education
Episode One: Leadership

We begin our seven part series on client education with a conversation on the role of leadership and its part in mitigating risk for both the diving contractor and the client.

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Dangers of Delta P
Divers train for worst-case scenarios, but deadly hazards such as differential pressure, or Delta P, can be overlooked. Consider the tips outlined in this updated video before performing maintenance underwater.

Hazards of Underwater Burning
Underwater burning creates hydrogen / oxygen mixtures that are highly explosive. Consider the tips outlined in this updated video before performing underwater burning.

ADCI Member Update – December 2012
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Fox Industries, Inc.
This notice is being sent as a notification to all General Member Companies that are engaged in saturation diving operations that the requirement for having an emergency evacuation system (HRC or SPHL) went into effect on 19 July 2013. 

The requirements for Emergency Evacuation Systems can be found in Section 6.12.3 (Page 125) of the Consensus Standards for Commercial Diving and Underwater Operations (6th ed.). 

The requirement for an EES had been annotated by a superscript "3"–compliance required after 24 months from formal public release of the Consensus Standards for Commercial Diving and Underwater Operations (6th ed.)". The 24 month period ended on 19 July 2013. 

Additionally, all diving bells, submersible decompression Chambers, and closed bells had new compliance requirements that were also annotated with by a superscript "3"-compliance required after 24 months from formal public release of the Consensus Standards for Commercial Diving and Underwater Operations. 

The new requirements for diving bells, submersible decompression chambers, and closed bells can be found in Section (Page 124) of the Consensus Standards for Commercial Diving and Underwater Operations (6th ed.). 

These new requirements went into effect on 19 July 2013. 

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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
All equipment requirements that were annotated with a superscript "3"-compliance after 24 months from formal public release of the Consensus Standards for Commercial Diving and Underwater Operations (6th ed.) will go into effect on 19 July 2013.
Requirements for Emergency Evacuation Systems can be found in Section 6.12.3 (Page 125).
Requirements for diving bells, submersible decompression chambers, and closed bells can be found in Section (Page 124).

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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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 The 2014 ADCI Scholarship Fund Raffle will feature a KM 37 – Stainless Steel (SS) helmet, a state-of- the-art diving harness, and Miller weight belt.  The helmet was donated by Kirby Morgan, and will be signed by Bev Morgan at U.I. 2014.  The diving harness and weight belt was donated by Divers Supply, Inc.

Tickets for the raffle are $25.00 a piece, and can be purchased from the ADCI office and at U.I. 2014, prior to the last day of the show on 13 February 2014.

For those who are not familiar with the ADCI Scholarship Fund, the fund was set up to assist students with pursuing their higher educational or vocational goals with an award of $4000.00.  Eligibility requirements are provided with the formal announcement that goes out each year.  The Chairperson for the ADCI Scholarship Committee is Mrs. Dori Ritter of Dive Commercial International, Inc.

Any ADCI member company can sponsor a student for award consideration by the Scholarship Committee.   I challenge all ADCI member companies to provide a contribution to the fund.  No amount is too small.  It is our one chance to give back to the community to support our most valuable asset, today’s youth. 

Denso North America Inc.
From July 22-27, 2013, the NATO Center for Maritime Research and Experimentation (CMRE) participated in the 2013 sea trials of the MORPH (Marine Robotic System of Self-Organizing, logically Linked Physical Nodes) European Commission project, which aims to test the latest developments in multiple-vehicle coordination and formation flying based on echo-location. The trial occurred off the coast of Toulon (France) at the European Center of Underwater Technologies, part of the French Institute for Exploitation of the Sea (Ifremer).
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University of Texas at Austin's Petroleum Extension Service has developed the new Interactive Offshore Oil Rig that creates a simulated semi-submersible oil rig allowing for more effective training.
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Documentary following the work of deep-water salvage company Odyssey Marine Exploration as it attempts to locate three shipwrecks and recover their treasure. In the first episode, Andrew Craig and his team set out on flagship vessel the RV Explorer to the wreck site of the SS Gairsoppa, a steamer sunk by a German submarine in 1941 that is reported to have been carrying silver bullion worth as much as £120million.
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When I step onto the Okeanos, a former Navy surveillance ship nestled behind the warehouses of Manhattan’s Pier 36, a man with a blue-checkered shirt and salt-and-pepper goatee the younger engineers call "Dad" welcomes me aboard. As the head of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Deep Submergence Program, Dave Lovalvo, 59, has spent much of the past 35 years of his life on deep sea expeditions after the Smithsonian first asked him "to look for Atlantis" on his one-man submarine in the ’70s. That expedition was canceled, but launched Lovalvo into decades of increasingly complex projects, the most recent of which has been the Okeanos--the U.S. government’s only ship solely dedicated to exploring the ocean’s vast unknowns and beaming them to the public.
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Korea hopes to become a pivotal player in the underwater mining business after the successful testing of the country’s first deep sea mining robot.
The Ministry of Ocean and Fisheries said yesterday that the robot named MineRo completed a maneuverability test at a depth of 1,370 meters (4,500 feet) in waters off Pohang, North Gyeongsang, on the nation’s southeastern coast last week.
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For five days, Frederick "Fritz" Hanselmann, chief underwater archaeologist with Texas State University’s Meadows Center for Water and the Environment, lived and worked on the exploration vessel Nautilus off the Gulf of Mexico in an effort to examine a well-preserved shipwreck thought to have sunk during an early 19th century storm.
Hanselmann said he and other crew members may have gone into the expedition with an open mind, but never expected to discover two other sunken vessels 170 miles southeast of Galveston that may be associated with their initial finding.
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A teeny octopus hatchling still cradled in its egg, a bubblegum pink coral and a bug-eyed bobtail squid are among the darling creatures spied by a deep-ocean explorer plying canyons off the northeastern coast of the United States.
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LinkQuest Inc.
The Lewek Toucan, built in 2006, is a 290’ DP‐2 multipurpose offshore support vessel with a 120 ton active heave compensated crane, moon pool, helideck, 1,000 ton cargo deck, and accommodations for 100 personnel. It has arrived in Galveston, Texas, and will be outfitted with Ranger’s Hoss I 1,000’ DNV class 12‐man saturation diving system with a self‐launching hyperbaric rescue chamber.
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On 23 August 2013, when the recently signed ten-year extension comes into effect, Fugro will enter the fourth decade of the successful joint venture with China Oilfield Services Ltd (COSL). The joint venture, named China Offshore Fugro Geosolutions (COFG) in which Fugro holds 50%, has been operating
successfully offshore China since 1983.
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Shell U.K. has contracted Allseas Group for the removal, transportation, and load-in to shore of the topsides of three of the Brent field platforms in the UK northern North Sea.
Allseas has an option for similar work on the fourth platform. The contract scope extends to the removal of Brent Alpha’s steel jacket.
This is the first job assigned to Pieter Schelte, Allseas’ dynamically positioned single-lift installation/decommissioning and pipelay vessel, currently under construction at Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering (DSME) in Okpo, South Korea.
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Congressmen Farr and Young introduce a bi-partisan Congressional Resolution designating September 22, 2013 through September 28, 2013, as "National Marine Technology Week". Resolution coincides with the 50th anniversary of the Marine Technology Society and OCEANS 2013 in San Diego.
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Costa Concordia must be raised by winter or could break apart
Flavio Cirillo, Italy's undersecretary for the environment told the Italian Parliament this week that the Costa Concordia must be removed before the winter. Cirillo said another winter where it now sits could spell disaster, but not everyone agrees.
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Harkand launched the Harkand Harmony, its newest ROV support vessel, designed to service Asia Pacific’s oil and gas industry. Around 100 invited guests from across the global energy sector attended the christening ceremony at Keppel Marina in Singapore.
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Subtech Qatar has won several contracts totaling $40 million to provide services to Mermaid Maritime’s DP-2 Mermaid Siam vessel. The services include air diving, saturation diving, salvage, heavy lift, and ROV intervention. In addition, among the awards is a contract to lay subsea cables and associated installations.
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DOXA, the famous orange face Swiss dive watch company, will be auctioning five DOXA Sub 1200T limited edition watches that have been personally worn by Jean-Michel Cousteau during his dives. Details including the time and location of each dive will be logged by Cousteau, then each mission worn watch will be auctioned on Ebay this summer; profits from the auctions will support Cousteau’s Ocean Futures Society.
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CSI has successfully completed a six figure value fit out of Bott and Dexion workshop and warehouse equipment to the global marine technology company, Kongsberg Maritime Ltd.
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Able to penetrate ocean depths beyond the range of any diver, remotely operated vehicles (ROVs) are used above all for underwater missions that are too dangerous for manned operations. They inspect underwater pipelines, harbor areas, and offshore wind farms as well as carrying out tasks such as marine biological investigations.
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Since pipelines and transported substances are high value assets, continuous and smooth operation is of utmost importance. In the early days inspection and maintenance was focused on securing functionality from a supply and economic point of view. Accidents occurred, but rarely induced new procedures or regulations.
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