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Dear Industry Stakeholder,

The 2013 ADCI Communications Survey is open. For all those participating, we will have a drawing for a $100 gift card! Just complete the survey and enter your name at the end of the questionnaire to have a chance to win!

If you have completed the survey already, thank you so much!

If you have not done so already, please take a few moments over the next few days to complete this important survey. It should take no more than 10 to 15 minutes. The survey can be found here.

Your input, along with other members and affiliates, will give us a better understanding of how well ADCI is communicating with you in today's constantly changing environment. It is our hope to identify a definitive set of association communication best practices from the collective survey responses.

I look forward to providing more value, services and benefits to you throughout the coming ADCI membership year!


Phil Newsum
Executive Director
Association of Diving Contractors International
5206 FM 1960 W, Ste 202
Houston, TX 77069
Tel: (281) 893-8388
Fax: (281) 893-5118
I want to formally notify you that ADCI Board Director, Mr. Frank Hazen will be retiring from Triton Diving Services on 20 September 2013.  I think I can speak for all that have had the pleasure to work with Frank that his presence will be missed at industry meetings, Underwater Intervention, and most recently on the Board of Directors.  Frank’s wealth of experience and years in the industry never clouded his ability to embrace the input of those his junior and no one was better than him at "checking the ego at the door".  In simple terms, Frank is a great guy that will be missed.

In his resignation letter to the ADCI Office, Frank wrote:  "It has been a great pleasure and honor to have served on the ADCI Board of Directors.  I wish the Association the best in its efforts to keep our industry on the leading edge of safety and education."

On behalf of the Board and the Association, I want to wish him all the best with his retirement or any other endeavor he ventures into.

Triton’s seat on the Board will be filled by Maureen Bodron.  Anyone who has done work for Chevron in the Gulf has known Maureen for years.  Some years back, Maureen moved to the contractor side of the fence.  Maureen’s professionalism and knowledge of the industry will only complement the ADCI Board of Directors.  I personally look forward to working with her.

Phil Newsum
Executive Director
Association of Diving Contractors International
5206 FM 1960 W, Ste. 202
Houston, TX 77069
Tel: (281) 893-8388
Fax: (281) 893-5118


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In this episode, we look at how the ADCI Scholarship Program has benefited recipients of the award and learn how to help keep this important program running. This episode also educates ADCI members on the Commercial Diving Hall of Fame and how to submit nominations.

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Fox Industries, Inc.
When:  12 October 2013

Where: Renaissance Hotel, Portsmouth, VA.

Mark your calendars for this combined chapter meeting.  There will be exhibitors and presentations on different approaches to diving applications.

There will be a tour of the Crofton Industries facility and a social gala after the tour.

Find out what’s new with the ADCI and the East Coast and Midwest Chapters on Twitter @adc_int.
There's still time to get your abstracts in!

Deadline Overview
September 1, 2013 - Abstract submitted ONLINE
October 8, 2013 - Electronic Advance Program Sent out
January 8, 2014 - FINAL Paper sent to Track Leader for Publication
February 11-13, 2014 - Conference Participation
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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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Electronic PDF Download (Spanish Translation) - $200.00

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).

Preview the Consensus Standards for Commercial Diving and Underwater Operations 6th edition on the ADCI website.  A "read only" version can be found at

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.
When salvage teams begin hauling the wrecked Costa Concordialiner upright on the Italian island of Giglio next week, the financial stakes for insurers will be almost as enormous as the awe-inspiring feat of engineering.
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The Universities and Science Minister David Willets has given his approval to the £7.2m partnership researching the future of robotics. He visited the Robotarium at Heriot-Watt University this week.
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fleet of underwater robots is descending into waters off the east coast to collect data that could help improve storm intensity forecasts during future hurricane seasons. Several regions of the NOAA-led U.S. Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS(r)) are partnering to deploy 12 to 16 autonomous underwater robotic vehicles, also known as gliders, from Nova Scotia to Georgia.
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Aquarius Reef Base off Key Largo is under new management and is being used for the first time in almost a year. Florida International University took over operating the 43-foot-long underwater laboratory in January from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, which closed the base citing budget cuts.
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A Florida based treasure hunting firm has discovered a 450-year-old ship that wrecked off the Dominican coast. Among its valuable cargo -- the single largest cache of 16th century pewter tableware ever discovered. The ship was also carrying extremely rare Spanish silver coins from the late 1400's through the mid 1500's and several gold artifacts. This unprecedented find of 16th century pewter will re-write history books, as many of the maker's marks stamped into the fine pewter have never been seen before. While the value of the gold and silver recovered is easily determined, surprisingly, experts place the value of this four and a half century old pewter collection into the millions. The collection includes plates, platters, porringers, salts and flagons in an array of sizes and styles.
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Personnel from the Office of Naval Research and Sailors from Navy Recruiting District Houston instructed teachers from Houston Independent School District how to build underwater Remotely Operated Vehicles Sept. 7 at the Young Women’s College Preparatory Academy.
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LinkQuest Inc.
The county plans to do five random inspections and underwater inspections to check anything that can't be seen. The aim of the inspections is to make sure any work completed here is being done correctly and to check the condition of the bridges.
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Lamprell a leading provider of diversified engineering and contracting services to the onshore and offshore oil & gas and renewable energy industries, has been awarded a contract valued at approximately US$ 64 Millennium Offshore Services group (MOS) to convert its 'MOS Frontier' into an accommodation support vessel.
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Hallin Marine says its subsea vessel Windermere and two deepwater remotely operated vehicles are on duty in the Gumusut-Kakap deep water oil and gas field off Sabah, Malaysia.
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Houston-based FMC Technologies has received an order from Shell to supply subsea systems for the Parque das Conchas Phase 3 development offshore Brazil.
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Unique Hydra, a Unique Maritime Group (UMG) company which is one of the world’s leading integrated turnkey subsea and offshore solution providers, announced that it has recently delivered the largest single order for air dive systems to its client Subtech Offshore Services.
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Bound for tasks at the southernmost tip of Chile, Chilean diving and ROV operator, Nautilus, has added a Falcon ROV to its Saab Seaeye fleet of ROVs.
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nique System FZE, a Unique Maritime Group company and one of the world’s leading integrated turnkey subsea and offshore solution providers, has been contracted by ADNATCO-NGSCO to deliver ship performance monitoring solutions that will help to optimize vessel performance and subsequently aim to reduce fuel consumption and carbon emissions. The entire project will be carried out by Unique System FZE, acting as agents for the Iceland based energy management company Marorka ehf. Commissioning and technical support will be provided by Unique Marorka Support Services which is a joint venture set up by Marorka ehf and Unique System FZE.
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Dive Commercial International, Inc.
The WAL-WBC-2X150LED cart mounted LED work area light from Larson Electronics gives operators a highly portable source of powerful illumination that can withstand the rigors of operation in demanding environments.
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In appreciation of the continuous development of ever more compact ROVs, underwater systems and equipment – along with an emerging demand for a low light, diver inspection options, MacArtney is pleased to introduce the new LUXUS Compact Low Light Camera.
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Kongsberg Maritime is launching MUNIN, the next generation Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV) for offshore survey at Offshore Europe 2013. Kongsberg Maritime's Subsea Division has combined its experience in developing and manufacturing the highly reliable HUGIN and REMUS AUVs to bring the compact MUNIN AUV to the market, setting new standards for performance and flexibility in low logistics AUV survey operations.
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Javeler Marine Services
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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