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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.

Highlights from Underwater Intervention 2013

More from ADCI TV
ADCI's Latest Initiatives
During the general membership meeting at UI 2013, the ADCI board listed the new initiatives it's involved with.

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
• ADCI Updates 2 Training Videos
• Underwater Intervention 2013
• ADCI's Latest Initiative in Video

 
Fox Industries, Inc.
UPCOMING EVENTS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS
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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Operators are gearing up for the changes in SEMS II, including new training requirements.  Will you be ready? The new SEMS II requirements be in effect within four months.

Here’s what participants receive:

(1) Easy to understand explanations of SEMS
(2) The information you need to meet new SEMS II changes
(3) Lessons learned from 2013 audits

Where: Underwater Intervention (Morial Convention Center, Room MCC 213), New Orleans, LA
When: 12 February 2014, 0900 -1300 hrs. (9 AM – 1 PM).
Cost:$250.00 (ADCI Members) $275.00 (Non-ADCI Members)

Register through the ADCI Office at Btreadway@adc-int.org or (281-893-8388)

Seats will fill up fast, so don’t wait to register.
 
The latest changes to the National Bridge Inspection Standards (NBIS), which became effective January 13, 2005, require FHWA-approved bridge inspection training for all divers conducting underwater inspections. One method of meeting this requirement is the completion of an FHWA-approved underwater diver bridge inspection training course. Satisfactory completion of this 4-day course will fulfill the NBIS requirement.
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DecomWorld’s Decommissioning & Abandonment Summit, the largest and most influential business conference & exhibition for the decommissioning industry, is returning for its 6th year to drive forward the most crucial industry debates. 

With Over 700 offshore, decommissioning and abandonment executives gathering, plus a packed 60+ exhibition hall showcasing the most cutting-edge technology, make sure you secure your ADC International discounted pass before Friday 14 February using discount code ADCI200 to save $200 here: http://bit.ly/DecomSummit-Register 

Plus, don’t miss out on the ground-breaking Diver & Underwater Safety Panel session, where the industry’s most well respected names will be coming together to debate the key decommissioning diving issues, in such instances as underwater burning, pipeline decommissioning, environmental concerns, alternate cutting devices and site clearance.

For more information, please  click here, visit the website or contact Philip Chadney on the details below.

6th Annual Decommissioning & Abandonment Summit
March 10-12, 2014 | Royal Sonesta Hotel, Houston, TX, USA

Philip Chadney
Project Director | DecomWorld
+44 (0)20 7422 4341


 

ADCI is proud to announce the 2014 Inductees into the ADCI Commercial Diving hall of Fame:

Van T. Bell

George Cundiff

Dr. Keith Van Meter, MD

The inductees will be honored at the Awards Dinner on February 11th at Underwater Intervention 2014.

 
ADCI is pleased to announce the following winners of the 2014 ADCI Scholarship

Compton W. Cooper 
(Sponsored by U.S. Underwater Services)

Olivia E. Gilbert
(Sponsored by Magellan Marine International)

Join us in congratulating Compton and Olivia for their well deserved awards.


 
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. 

 
INTERNATIONAL NEWS
January, 23, 1960. On this date, the submersible vehicle Trieste made a record-setting dive to the deepest surveyed part of the ocean. Trieste was a bathyscaphe – "deep boat" – owned by the U.S. Navy. It was a free-diving, self-propelled deep-sea submersible, and it dove – with two crew members aboard – into the Marianas Trench east of the Philippines, whose deepest portion is called the Challenger Deep. It took nine hours to descend 6.83 miles (10,911 meters) to the deepest ocean. Afterwards, nobody returned to Challenger Deep for 52 years, until Titanic director James Cameron descended successfully on March 26, 2012.
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I first met Bob in 1989, when I was hired by Santa Barbara City College to teach in the Marine Technology Department, a program Bob had been instrumental in setting up. Even though he had recently retired from the college after 16 years of teaching, he took an interest in me, and I drew upon him as a resource for over 25 years.
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Last month a Hydrex diver/technician team carried out underwater stern tube seal repairs on a 148-meter container vessel in Port of Spain, Trinidad. The ship was suffering from an oil leak, making an on-site repair necessary. Using one of the company’s flexible mobdocks the team was able to carry out the entire operation on-site and underwater, saving the owner an expensive and time-consuming trip to drydock.
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The purpose of the survey was to get samples of the sea floor under the Ross ice shelf as well as test out a remotely operated vehicle camera. After drilling down 250 to 270 meters through the ice using a hot-water drill, the robot reached liquid water and started sending back pictures. But the water was looking murky. Bringing the rig up and about for a closer look, the team of geologists and engineers discovered anemones sticking to the underside of the ice.
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The Philippine Coast Guard said its personnel in Cebu rendered assistance to a cargo vessel that ran aground at the vicinity waters of Madridejos, Bantayan Island last Sunday, January 19.The crew of the 586 GT vessel likewise conducted a hull inspection and found no damage. In addition, M/Tug 118 is already at the said vicinity and waiting for Cebu Sea Charter Inc., owner and operator of LCT 208, for its approval to start with the towing operations.
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Still in its infancy, the Lennard High School Robotics Club has already turned heads and won awards. Working on a shoestring budget they've beaten some of the best schools in the county – but without some help, it may all be for naught.
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The U.S. Coast Guard is planning to widely use sonar to support its maritime security and marine environmental protection missions. The agency currently has limited capability to detect objects below the water’s surface and relies on others (such as the U.S. Navy or the commercial sector) when such detection is needed.
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LinkQuest Inc.
INDUSTRY NEWS
Coda Octopus Group, Inc. (CDOC), recently completed the sale of an Echoscope® and F180® system to Resolve Marine Group, a major international salvage and marine emergency response company. The ISU (International Salvage Union) in 2013 estimated the marine salvage industry as worth about $500m per annum working on between 150 and 200 projects per year.
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Forum Energy Technologies has received an order from DOF Subsea AS to supply seven Perry XLX 200hp work-class ROVs, including five Dynacon launch and recovery systems (LARs). The ROV systems will be delivered during the first and second quarters of this year.
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Offshore rope manufacturer Lankhorst Ropes has been awarded a contract by Hyundai Heavy Industries and Technip USA consortium (HHITECH) to supply the mooring lines for Statoil’s Aasta Hansteen Spar platform to be located in the Norwegian sector of the Norwegian Sea. According to Lankhorst, it is the largest single order for deepwater mooring ropes, and believed to be the largest ever order in the global synthetic fiber rope industry.
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Norway awarded a record 65 oil and gas production licences in a mature area licensing round on Tuesday and attracted high interest from oil firms in exploring its Arctic, despite an oil tax hike and increased industry costs.
A record 48 companies were awarded stakes to explore in mature areas – licences that are already opened for exploration – and 40 oil firms expressed interest in exploring in Norway’s Barents and Norwegian Seas as part of the Nordic country’s 23rd licensing round for new areas.
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Britain’s Tullow Oil is pinning its hopes on two new discoveries in northern Kenya to turn the region into a significant crude producer and regain its reputation as a successful explorer.
The group, whose main operations are in Africa but which also has exploration licences from Uruguay to Greenland, doubled its estimate on Wednesday of its discovery in Kenya’s South Lokichar basin to 600 million barrels following the two successful well results.
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New Zealand Oil & Gas Ltd. revealed Monday that total depth of 15,899 feet (4,846 meters) was reached Saturday, Jan. 18 in theMatuku well in petroleum exploration permit (PEP) 51906 offshore Taranaki, New Zealand.
The next operation is pulling out of the hole prior to running wireline logs. The Kan Tan IV (mid-water semisub) began drilling operations Saturday, Nov. 30. Matuku-1 is in 426 feet (130 meters) of water.
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Dive Commercial International, Inc.
NEW PRODUCTS AND TECHNOLOGY
Sonardyne International Ltd.’s Ranger 2 acoustic positioning technology has been selected by marine navigation systems group, Transas, for use on two new build ice-class multipurpose salvage vessels (MPSVs, the project is developed by Marine Engineering Bureau) commissioned by the Russian Ministry of Transport. The vessels are currently under construction at Nordic Yards in Germany and will each be fitted with dual Ranger 2 Pro systems, the highest specification available, to support complex underwater positioning and critical DP station keeping tasks.
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MacArtney France is pleased to announce the addition of a modern and fully equipped pressure test facility to its workshop in Rousset. Being unique to the French market for underwater technology, the new facility represents a notable extension of the MacArtney France service portfolio.
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Fugro Pelagos introduced the Cable Analyst II, a new software solution for designing, engineering and managing submarine cable routes. Cable Analyst II is an extension to Esri’s ArcGIS for Desktop and takes advantage of its rich geospatial functionalities. With a logical data model and intuitive, process-oriented tools, Cable Analyst II streamlines the workflow for performing analysis and providing the information needed for designing a submarine cable route. It is equipped with capabilities to efficiently populate, manage and track cable databases.
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Engineered Syntactic Systems (ESS), a global supplier of foam buoyancy solutions, has announced plans to extend its line of high performance syntactic products to support more traditional oceanographic implementations. The addition of modular product options enables ESS to supply more customers with great performance in a wider range of densities.
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