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The ADCI has implemented an industry-wide initiative to educate operators in the offshore and inland sectors, both internationally and domestically, on what is at stake when contracting for underwater services. In this episode, we tackle the topic of contractor selection and discuss what an operator should be aware of when looking to hire a diving contractor.


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.

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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ADCI Member Update – December 2012
• ADCI Updates 2 Training Videos
• Underwater Intervention 2013
• ADCI's Latest Initiative in Video

Fox Industries, Inc.
The world's premier event for Commercial Diving Contractors, Remotely Operated Vehicles, Manned Submersibles, and all other aspects of the Underwater Operations Industry will take place at the Morial Convention Center in New Orleans, LA., February 11-13, 2014.

Underwater Intervention's sponsoring organizations are non-profit, membership supported professional organizations. By supporting Underwater Intervention, you are supporting and giving back to the industries and communities represented at Underwater Intervention. Proceeds from the annual conference go back into member driven programs that support education and training, provide scholarships, and support safety initiatives throughout the underwater operations industries.
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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.
McKeil Marine was hired by the ship’s owners to conduct salvage operations and after lightering cargo and moving ballast, the vessel was refloated.
According to the Coast Gurard, no flooding, pollution or injuries occurred as a result of the grounding.
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Researchers from Plymouth University (UK) recently conducted a marine geoarchaeological survey off Methoni, Greece. The survey results from the sidescan survey presented digital sonograph records and georeferenced mosaics of the submerged prehistoric settlement ruins, the ancient harbour and its submerged breakwater, as well as records of historic shipwrecks, cannons and artifacts over the site.
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Max von der Heydt is coming home for the holidays, bearing glad tidings. And why not? His childhood knack for building stuff has already carried the 2002 Falmouth Academy graduate across the country, into outer space and back.
It started with remote-controlled vehicles and refurbishing go-carts. But what really got the ball rolling was working summers as a teenager at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution shadowing WHOI engineers in the autonomous underwater vehicles department.
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After months of planning, mobilization and trials, the Fundy Ocean Research Center for Energy has successfully installed a data cable designed to connect to a recoverable underwater research platform — the first subsea cable ever installed in the Minas Passage.
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Underwater video systems are now widely used by both public and private sector dive operations. These systems consist of video camera mounted in an underwater housing with a long cable connecting it to a monitor on the surface where the picture is viewed and recorded.
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Every gas station in Mexico is stamped with the green-and-white logo of the state-owned oil monopoly, the economic lifeblood of the government. Oil Expropriation Day, commemorating the day Mexico seized control of the industry from foreign companies in 1938, is celebrated with speeches and even parades in some towns. An old song, "The Oil Worker Hymn," credits oil with "saving our fatherland."
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It’s slow going scanning what lies below the waves, watching an image of the bottom crawl by on a Toshiba monitor in brown and sepia tones.
"The tedious search," Kirby Kurkomelis, a diver, said Saturday as the 45-foot Formula boat inched along at 4 knots. The boat towed two probes — a side-scan sonar device and a magnetometer that senses metal.
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The German boat, which is believed to be an infamous submarine that sank several Allied vessels, was discovered north of Java earlier this month after local divers tipped off officials to the wreck’s existence. Indonesian researchers said on Thursday said the wreck contained at least 17 human skeletons as well as several priceless historic artifacts.
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LinkQuest Inc.
Vard Holdings Limited (VARD) has secured a contract with a new customer, Harkand Group (Harkand), for the design and construction of one Diving Support and Construction Vessel. The value of the contract exceeds $162 million.
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Seabed Geosolutions, a joint venture between Fugro and CGG, has secured a two-year contract with Total E&P to conduct acquisition surveys in the North Sea using its ocean bottom node seismic data acquisition technology.
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Fugro has been awarded a contract by Subsea 7 Australia Contracting Pty Ltd to provide survey services to support its Heavy Lift and Tie-Ins contract on the Chevron-operated Gorgon Project, off the northwest coast of Western Australia. The contract involves the provision of a DP2 survey
vessel, complete with deepwater work class ROVs.
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Navis Engineering has completed work on its latest project involving fast-growing Singaporean offshore specialist Miclyn Express Offshore (MEO), following the commissioning of the DP2 system on board the 70m ROV and diving support vessel Resolution. After successful sea trials and a christening ceremony at the Keppel Marina, Singapore, the vessel has departed for Indonesia, on a three-year charter to Seascape Surveys.
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Maersk Drilling has signed a contract with Premier Oil Norge AS for the jack-up 'Maersk Guardian' for a one well drilling operation, the Myrhauk exploration well, in the Norwegian North Sea. The duration of the contract is approximately 62 days. The contract follows on directly from the present Lundin Norway AS contract during Q3 2014.
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Visiongain, UK, forecasts strong spending growth on remotely operated vehicle (ROV) services and new builds of ROVs for use in the energy industry. Visiongain calculates that spending on ROVs will total USD2,496m in 2014. Europe is the only region that will see declining demand for ROV services as North Sea production and drilling activity declines. However, decommissioning and maintenance activity will support spending levels.
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Wintershall Holding GmbH, a 100 percent BASF subsidiary (the world’s largest chemical maker), will sell $375 million in oil and gas assets in the North Sea to focus on its own exploration and production efforts. The company will divest certain oil and gas assets to Hungarian-based MOL Group.
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Strategic Marine announced that it is constructing two marine infrastructure fabrication projects in its Vietnam shipyard. Both projects are for Australian clients.
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Dive Commercial International, Inc.
The HyDrone RCV of Seafloor Systems is a hand-portable, remote controlled hydrographic survey platform. Working in conjunction with the HydroLite portable echosounder kit to conduct bathymetric surveys in ponds, lakes, rivers, and streams, the HyDrone RCV accomplishes the same results as much more expensive radio-controlled survey systems.
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The University of Washington's Applied Physics Laboratory, Seattle, teamed up with OceanGate Inc., Everett, Wash., to build an innovative five-person submarine that would travel to almost 2 miles below the ocean's surface. The submarine, named Cyclops, has a carbon-fiber hull that can take passengers to 3000 m (9842 ft) – deeper than all but a handful of existing subs.
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SP Fire Technology’s involvement in fire-resistant lightweight materials for marine applications has contributed to the construction of several smaller lightweight vessels, and to the current discussion within the International Maritime Organization (IMO) of how larger ocean-going vessels could be built using plastic composites.
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Kongsberg Mesotech's M3 Sonar is designed for both imaging and profiling applications and the multibeam technology enables faster operations than traditional scanning sonar and provides a large coverage area for data acquisition and a real-time data display. The M3 Sonar is suitable for a variety of deployment platforms, including remotely operated vehicles (ROVs), pole mounted on a vessel, or mounted on a tripod.
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