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ADCI West Coast Chapter Annual Conference 2012

In Conjunction with the Historical Diving Society Annual Conference & 20th Anniversary


ADCI WCC Annual Meeting

Santa Barbara City College, Marine Technology Building

Friday, November 9th
  8:00am -   9:00am  ADCI WCC Registration and Continental Breakfast
  9:00am - 12:00pm  ADCI West Coast Chapter Meeting
12:00pm -   1:00pm  Catered Lunch
  1:00pm -   5:00pm  ADCI WCC Conference / Speaker Presentations
                              (WCC Annual Raffle will take place on the 10th)

The Historical Diving Society's 20th Anniversary and Annual Conference begins Friday evening. 

Friday, November 9th
6:30pm - 10:00pm 
HDS Welcoming Reception Event, Santa Barbara Maritime Museum

Saturday, November 10th
9:00am - 5:00pm 
HDS Conference at the Garvin Theater, Santa Barbara City College
6:30pm - 10:00pm
HDS Awards Banquet, Santa Barbara Maritime Museum

Sunday, November 11th 
10:00am - 2:00pm 
HDS Classic Helmet Diving Exhibition, Santa Barbara Maritime Museum
Additional information and tickets are available at http://www.hds.org/news/upcoming-events/

Please be advised that the Santa Barbara Marathon is taking place on November 10 and hotel rooms will be at a premium in this window.  You will want to make reservations as soon as possible to avoid the rush!  There are a multitude of hotels within walking distance of the SBCC Marine Tech Meeting Room and the Santa Barbara Harbor.  The Santa Barbara Marathon listing for hotels can be found on this website http://www.sbimarathon.com/Runner_Info/Hotel_Information.htm. You will also find a hotel list attached, provided by the HDS.

Do not hesitate to email Tom Ulrich at thomas@amarinecorp.com or Joney Springberg at  joney@divecommercial.com if you have any questions or require additional information.

Hope you can attend this memorable event!


ADCI Scholarship Program is accepting applications for qualified students in or entering vocational and higher education programs.  The deadline for submittal is 1 November 2012.

How to apply:
Download the Scholarship Application from the ADCI website
• Make sure an active ADCI General or Associate member sponsor is listed
• Fill out all areas of the application
• Attach your GPA forms
• Do not forget the essay (very important)
You can mail, e-mail, or fax your application to either Barbara Treadway at the ADCI office or directly to Dori Ritter.

Contact information:

Barbara Treadway
5206 FM 1960 W, STE 202
Houston, TX 77069
(281) 893-8388
FAX (281) 893-5118

Dori Ritter
Dive Commercial International, Inc.
P.O. Box 70664
Seattle, WA 98127
(206) 784-5050
FAX (206) 286-2723


Underwater Intervention, in conjunction with the ADCI Engineering Diving Committee announces the offering of a DOT Underwater Bridge Inspection Course for ADCI Members.

Complimentary Underwater intervention floor passes will be given to all who enroll in the course.

Session Number:  20130048

Length:  4 Days

Fee:  $900.00

Training Location:  Underwater Intervention, New Orleans, LA

Confirmed Course Date:  01/15/2013 – 01/18/2013

Instructor / Contact:  Terence Browne, tbrowne@collinsengr.com; denise.zachary@dot.gov

ADCI Engineering Diving Committee Chairman:  Dave B. Mrowiec dmrowiec@croftondiving.com


Purchasers can go to the UnderWater magazine website to place their orders:  www.underwatermagazine.com

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
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.

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.
The Aleutian Pribilof Islands Association, an Aleut tribal non-profit organization, has received funds to commence tidal research in False Pass, at the end of the Alaska Peninsula.
The project that explores the potential power of ocean currents has been granted $200,000 of the Department of Energy funds, reports Thedutchharborfisherman.
Ocean Renewable Power Company (ORPC) is selected to conduct the research at False Pass. The company is also conducting a similar research in Cook Inlet.
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A submarine robot is seeking the source of a surface oil sheen that matched oil from the massive 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill, a spokesman for the U.S. Coast Guard said Monday.
The Coast Guard notified BP PLC (BP) and Transocean Ltd. (RIG) on Wednesday that a lab had matched the oil from the sheen to oil that gushed from the well drilled after the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig exploded, but said the source was still uncertain: the oil could have been trapped in the wreckage of the rig or from debris left on the seabed after the explosion. Transocean, the world’s largest deepwater driller, leased the Deepwater Horizon rig to BP.
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Navy divers, assigned to Mobile Diving and Salvage Unit 2, Company 4, and the Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command, stand with the American flag, and the POW/MIA flag on the wreckage of a B-17 bomber that was shot down and sank during World War II during a dive Oct. 19, 2012. The team is deployed alongside JPAC aboard the USNS Grapple as part of a 30-day underwater recovery mission for an unaccounted-for service member who went missing during the crash.
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A helicopter ferrying workers from an offshore oil rig crash landed in the North Sea on Monday, British coast guards said, adding that all 19 people aboard had been rescued.
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Survey ship, ‘HMS Protector’, recently surveyed the wreck of wartime tanker, ‘RFA Darkdale’, for salvage and marine operations. The Royal Navy wartime tanker lies on the Atlantic seabed after being struck by German torpedoes in October 1941. The HMS Protector returned to the wreckage in James Bay, off St Helena island to survey the vessel using its suite of the latest sonar technology. The sonar imagery produced will help salvage experts examine the condition of the vessel.
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Wilmington Water Tours announces an exciting 3rd of a 5 part series, "History and Mysteries beneath the Cape Fear River," that focuses on the history of the ship wrecks that lie beneath the dark waters of the Cape Fear. Attendees will learn from the experts how they search for these sunken treasures through the use of side scan sonar and other technologies.
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The seabed in the Arctic deep sea is increasingly strewn with litter and plastic waste. As reported in the advance online publication of the scientific journal Marine Pollution Bulletin by Dr. Melanie Bergmann, biologist and deep-sea expert at the Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research in the Helmholtz Association. The quantities of waste observed at the AWI deep-sea observatory HAUSGARTEN are even higher than those found in a deep-sea canyon near the Portuguese capital Lisbon.
For this study Dr. Melanie Bergmann examined some 2100 seafloor photographs taken near HAUSGARTEN, the deep-sea observatory of the Alfred Wegener Institute in the eastern Fram Strait. This is the sea route between Greenland and the Norwegian island Spitsbergen. "The study was prompted by a gut feeling. When looking through our images I got the impression that plastic bags and other litter on the seafloor were seen more frequently in photos from 2011 than in those dating back to earlier years. For this reason I decided to go systematically through all photos from 2002, 2004, 2007, 2008 and 2011," Melanie Bergmann explains.
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After a decade of planning, a $1.7 million grant from the National Science Foundation and a 8,000-mile sea journey from a boat-builder in Washington State to the Basin Harbor Club on Lake Champlain, Middlebury College’s new research vessel has finally arrived home.
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By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Physics Week -- Investigators publish new report on Geophysics. According to news reporting originating from Izmir, Turkey, by VerticalNews correspondents, research stated, "High Resolution (HR) marine seismic acquisition contributes to numerous research fields. The vertical resolution is of metric scale in order to study geological processes at a short time scale or to characterise small objects. 3D seismic imaging allows optimal resolution to be reached whereas 2D images are blurred mainly by side effects."
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LinkQuest Inc.
Hallin Marine, a Superior Energy Services company, announces the commencement of a new remotely-operated vehicle (ROV) support and inspection project in the Donghae gas field located off the coast of South Korea in the Sea of Japan. The contract includes deployment of the latest addition to Hallin’s fleet, the DP2 Kendal, which will be supporting a range of underwater inspection and survey services for the the ROV and survey equipment onboard.
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IKM Subsea Singapore has been awarded a contract by Larsen & Toubro for ROV services onboard the LTS3000 for their project in Myanmar. Equipment would be mobilized in mid-October and the project is anticipated to run through till end January 2013 for pipeline and jacket installation. They would like to build on this project and establish themselves as a strong player in this region. IKM Subsea would be providing the in house built Merlin WR200 Workclass ROV and the Sub Atlantic Comanche onboard the vessel to support the operations.
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Singapore's Workforce Development Agency (WDA) will set aside S$2.3m ($1.9m) to raise productivity and groom future leaders in the marine and offshore industry.
The government funding will go two programmes named Workforce Skills Qualification (WSQ) Operations Management Innovation Programme (OMNI@Marine) and a scholarship scheme Skills Training for Excellence Programme (STEP).
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The UK's Minister of State for Work and Pensions and Member of Parliament for Fareham, Mark Hoban, visited top ROV manufacturer, Saab Seaeye on Friday 12th October.
He met the new managing director, Jon Robertson, previously the company’s engineering director, along with the other key members of the management team: sales director, Matt Bates and operations director Mark Exeter.
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Rio de Janeiro, Oct 22 (EFE).- The Brazilian government announced Monday that it will invest 162 million reais ($81 million) in the purchase of a high-tech oceanography research vessel.
The ship, which will join the Brazilian fleet in 2013, "will be among the world's five best research platforms," according to a communique from the Science and Technology Ministry.
The acquisition will be possible thanks to an accord that contemplates financial contributions from the ministry, the navy, state-controlled oil company Petrobras and mining giant Vale, the communique said.
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FMC Technologies, Inc. announced that it has received an order from Total E&P Angola for additional subsea equipment for the Pazflor field. The contract has an estimated value of $33 million in revenue.
The Pazflor field is located in Block 17 offshore Angola. The initial subsea systems delivered to Total for the Pazflor field have been in operation for more than a year. FMC Technologies’ scope of additional supply for complementary development under today’s contract includes three additional subsea well systems.
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Mexico’s state-owned oil company Petroleos Mexicanos, or Pemex, has found a second significant crude-oil deposit in the deep waters of the Gulf of Mexico, President Felipe Calderon said Friday.
With the new "Supremo" deposit, Pemex expects to book new oil reserves of up to 125 million barrels, using the broadest measurement of proven, probable and possible, or 3P, reserves, Mr. Calderon said at a press conference.
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The growing availability of Coherent optical transport systems is closing the gap between terrestrial and subsea network operations and, it seems, significantly reducing the cost of upgrading the capacity of the existing submarine systems that network the world.
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Bowtech Products Ltd (‘Bowtech’), a market leader in underwater and harsh environment vision systems, has announced that they have added a new camera to their low light camera range – the Explorer Lite. Bowtech will be discussing the Explorer Lite at this year’s Euronaval exhibition on Stand F90, which is being held from the 22nd to the 26th of October 2012, at the Paris - Le Bourget Exhibition Centre in France.
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