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In this episode, we discuss the auditing process that is requisite of all general members of the Association of Diving Contractors International (or ADCI), and explain the benefits of hiring fully vetted contractors to perform underwater operations.



Pre-planned preventative maintenance programs work to ensure the safety of personnel and assist in mitigating costs associated with equipment failure. This episode reinforces the importance of such programs and discusses the benefits associated with them.




The Association of Diving Contractors International and the MTS ROV Committee have done it again! Underwater Intervention 2014 was a huge success. This year's show brought together stakeholders in the subsea industry for three days of education and networking. Check out the highlights in this episode.
 


 



This episode breaks down the steps that must be taken before conducting underwater operations. Job planning and Job Hazard Analyses are invaluable tools when assessing and mitigating risk and ensuring adherence to industry practices and regulations. ADCI contractors are committed to best industry practice, quality of work and the safety of their personnel over profit. This commitment reduces the risk of incident, injury and liability to a project's stakeholders.
 





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.
 



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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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.


 
Fox Industries, Inc.
UPCOMING EVENTS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS
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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Recognizing and honoring individuals whose efforts and accomplishments have significantly contributed to commercial diving through a lifetime of dedication.

Nominees do not have to be commercial divers, but can be any individual who has been influential and who has made a significant and recognizable life-long contribution to the commercial diving community.

Inductees will be honored at the Awards Dinner at Underwater Intervention 2015 on February 11, 2015.

Deadline for submittal of nominations:
OCTOBER 24, 2014

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Scholarship recipients will be honored at the Awards Dinner at Underwater Intervention 2015 on February 11, 2015.

Deadline for submittal of nominations:
OCTOBER 24, 2014
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DRYDEN DIVING COMPANY, INC.
INTERNATIONAL NEWS
A four-year informal partnership between City College’s Marine Diving Technology Program and Cal Poly San Luis Obispo has granted commercial diving students access to Cal Poly Pier. Providing a fantastic environment for hands on training, Cal Poly Pier has proven to be an invaluable resource for City College’s Marine Diving Technology Program.
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One of the two ships of the Arctic expedition of Sir John Franklin has been found and imaged using technology including Klein sidescan sonar. The Prime Minister of Canada, Stephen Harper, said in a statement that Franklin's ships are an important part of Canadian history given that his expedition, which took place nearly 170 years ago, laid the foundations of Canada's Arctic sovereignty.
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Staff from INSTALL SRL from Italy have completed the Sonardyne Fusion 6G LBL and Metrology course that took place at Sonardyne Training Centre in Plymouth, UK. INSTALL was represented by managing, data processing and survey engineering personnel in order that they would all gain the same knowledge and be able to use the LBL methodology to plan and conduct LBL acoustic positioning activities. Part of the course was focused on subsea metrology technics applied to LBL acoustics positioning.
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The Department of Marine and Wildlife Resources (DMWR) started their Marine Debris Removal project this past Tuesday, in Fagasa Bay, by removing debris and anything else in the deeper parts of the bay’s waters that didn’t belong there.
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A team of NOAA researchers today confirmed the discovery just outside San Francisco’s Golden Gate strait of the 1910 shipwreck SS Selja and an unidentified early steam tugboat wreck tagged the "mystery wreck." The researchers also located the 1863 wreck of the clipper ship Noonday, currently obscured by mud and silt on the ocean floor.
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Oil is one of the most promising produce offered by Mother Nature. It has become a global necessity that allows us to perform thousands of tasks and operate a variety of machineries. It is the blood flowing through numerous industrial veins. Drilling this precious fluid takes a lot of effort and huge manpower from managing, engineering, diving, refining, transporting and other careers in the energy industry.
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Two new depots for oil clean-up equipment being opened at Hasvik and Måsøy in northern Norway represent important building blocks in emergency preparedness for the Goliat field in the Barents Sea. Due to become operational on 23 and 24 September respectively, these facilities provide western Finnmark county with an oil spill preparedness which is top-class in national terms.
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A group of marine archaeologists kicked off a mission this week to explore an ancient shipwreck at the bottom of the Aegean Sea — not with a sub, but with a semi-robotic metal diving suit that looks likes it was taken straight out of a James Bond movie.
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LinkQuest Inc.
INDUSTRY NEWS
Tugs, pollution response gear, specialty pumping gear, and a 12-strong T&T-Cabras Marine team was dispatched to manage the salvage operation. What began as a typical grounding response quickly turned into anything but when the initial dive survey turned up a World War II-era torpedo and other unexploded ordnance around the vessel. The salvage operations were immediately suspended and the vessel crew was evacuated until an explosives ordinance disposal (EOD) team could be activated to assess the risk.
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The "Unmanned Underwater Vehicles Market by Product (Autonomous Underwater Vehicle, Remotely Operated Vehicle), Application (Defense, Oil and Gas, Scientific Research), Region & Country - Global Trends & Forecasts to 2014 - 2019" is projected to cross $4.84 billion by 2019, growing at a high CAGR from 2014 to 2019.
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The North American Marine Environment Protection Association (NAMEPA) announced earlier this month that Houston-based TITAN Salvage, a subsidiary of Crowley Maritime Corp., is the recipient of its 2014 Corporate Marine Environment Protection Award. The prestigious award recognizes TITAN’s proactive approach towards protecting and preserving the oceans.
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Bjørn Jalving, Executive Vice President Subsea at maritime, offshore and subsea technology developer Kongsberg Maritime has been given the Compass Distinguished Achievement Award from the Marine Technology Society.
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Delta SubSea, LLC (DSS) has entered into an agreement with a subsidiary of Hornbeck Offshore Services, Inc. (HOS) for the HOS Bayou, one of Hornbeck’s recently constructed 300 class HOSMAX DP-2 multipurpose service vessels (MPSVs).
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Thailand's offshore oilfield service provider Mermaid Maritime has said that its Middle Eastern subsidiary has clinched two subsea contracts. Diving equipment, remotely operated vehicles, divers and other crew will be provided by Mermaid Maritime to service the contracts, which are worth about $45M.
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A second theme has been added to Teledyne Marine’s UTS Boston, taking place from 7 to 9 October 2014 in the USA. The seminar will focus around 'Subsea Vehicles' for customers considering use of AUVs, ROVs or other subsea vehicle platforms. This event provides a platform to engage with industry experts covering AUVs, ROVs, tow body solutions, multibeam echosounders, imaging and obstacle avoidance sonars as well as a wide range of subsea sensors and software solutions.
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TGS will continue its Explorer Series seismic acquisition program in the deepwater US Gulf of Mexico. Panfilo 3D will add 11,500 sq km (4,440 sq mi) to TGS' multi-client library in the Lund and Henderson central Gulf of Mexico protraction areas. Acquisition will begin 4Q 2014, with the M/V Polarcus Adira towing 10-km (6-mi) streamers to image regional stratigraphy and deep basin structures. Data will be available in late 2015.
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Brazilian subsea engineering company Oceanica has ordered two Saab Seaeye Falcon ROVs for its expanding operations with Petrobras. Both ROVs will be deployed in general inspection work in shallow water and the company is currently building two Shallow Dive Support Vessels, with a third planned for engineering projects.
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Dive Commercial International, Inc.
NEW PRODUCTS AND TECHNOLOGY
The first autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) , built by Cam Ranh Shipyard in central Khanh Hoa province, has successfully completed its trial run at Cam Ranh Bay , the Ministry of Science and Technology announced on September 22.
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During decompression, the helium is unable to escape from the waterproof case quickly enough, creating a pressure differential that could force the crystal out of the watch case. Rolex engineers created a gas escape valve fitted with a spring: it opens when the difference in pressure between the inside and outside of the watch reaches 3 to 5 bars, allowing the helium to escape, without compromising the waterproofness of the watch.
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To ensure that the bracing could be safely removed from the pipeline, the operator chose SmartPlug® isolation. The SmartPlug isolation method, developed by T.D. Williamson (TDW), involved isolating the affected section of the subsea line by inserting and setting the remotely-operated isolation tool approximately 100 m from the platform.
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