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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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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.


 
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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DRYDEN DIVING COMPANY, INC.
INTERNATIONAL NEWS
A team of researchers led by NOAA’s Office of National Marine Sanctuaries have discovered two significant vessels from World War II’s Battle of the Atlantic. The German U-boat 576 and the freighter Bluefields were found approximately 30 miles off the coast of North Carolina. Lost for more than 70 years, the discovery of the two vessels, in an area known as the Graveyard of the Atlantic, is a rare window into a historic military battle and the underwater battlefield landscape of WWII.
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Mike Ford, a biological oceanographer with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), sat rapt in front of a bank of high-definition monitors. They provided live video and data feeds from a tethered pair of instrument-laden remotely operated vehicles (ROVs) that were descending 4692 meters on their deepest dive ever. Their target: an unnamed and unexplored New England seamount discovered in the North Atlantic last year.
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Work for an engineering company and, it goes without saying, you are certified and trained as an engineer. But work for Appledore Marine Engineering, and you’re not only an engineer, you’re a certified underwater diver both in the use of self-contained air tanks and surface-supplied air. "All our engineers are divers," said Appledore president Noah Elwood. "We make the effort to hire the best engineers, then we invest heavily in training them as divers."
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Scarborough's annual Engineering Week event aimed at encouraging youngsters to consider careers in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) has just held its most successful event - attracting over 3000 schoolchildren and young students.
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In 1966, 10 days after a U.S. plane carrying four nuclear bombs had run into another and crashed into Spain, the Department of Defense was not yet ready to admit that they were missing a bomb. There was clearly a search on, out off the southern coast of Spain, but "the department, which officially has declined to confirm that any hydrogen bombs were missing, also declined to specify the purpose of 'the search,'" the New York Times reported.
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Officials in the mid-Atlantic region are considering important and much-needed protection for some 39,000 square miles of U.S. territory, an area larger than Delaware, Maryland, and New Jersey combined. But it’s not a place that you or I have ever visited. It’s part of the country’s ocean realm stretching 200 miles from shore, beyond our shallow coastal waters. Fortunately, the deep-sea explorations of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration vessel Okeanos Explorer and its unmanned submersible are bringing parts of that vast, largely unknown area into spectacular, close-up view.
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Flipping my brass rat on the floor of the Atlantic wasn’t in my initial graduation plans. But when Fabien Cousteau, grandson of the famed underwater explorer Jacques Cousteau, invited me to join Mission 31 as an aquanaut and mission scientist in the underwater habitat Aquarius, I couldn’t pass up the chance.
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National Hyperbaric Centre has developed, an industry-first, ROV System Auditing and Assurance Course at their new facility in Singapore.
The course aims to provide technical and operational ROV personnel with knowledge to become aware of auditing processes, enabling technical progression in the industry as part of development of competence.
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Years of welding experience. No diving experience. Here I go...
I’ve applied and began my studies at Divers Academy International for this next phase of my life. In high school, I attended a technical school for three years to learn welding. I also attended welding classes at night at my local community college. My last year of high school, I worked for a company where I performed a good deal of TIG welding.
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LinkQuest Inc.
INDUSTRY NEWS
The U.S. Coast Guard, Surface Forces Logistics Center, (SFLC) In-Service Vessel Sustainment (ISVS) Section is seeking interested and capable sources to provide Towable Array Dual Frequency Side Scan Sonars using Compressed High-Intensity Radiated Pulse (CHIRP) technology and ancillary equipment for the 225' WLB Class Buoy Tenders.
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This new report discusses the global mobile robotics market was worth USD 6,249.6 million in 2012 and is expected to reach USD 14,202.2 million by 2019, growing at a CAGR of 12.6% from 2013 to 2019.
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Offshore vessels designer and builder Vard Holdings has secured a contract with a new customer Harkand Group to build one diving support and construction vessel valued at over NOK1bn ($164.6m).
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Ocean Power Technologies, Inc., announced today that the PB40 PowerBuoy(R) fabricated for the WavePort Project has shipped from Santander, Spain to Bayonne, NJ with the intent to deploy off the coast of New Jersey in the first quarter of 2015. The PowerBuoy is expected to arrive around mid-November and having been disassembled for transport, will require re-assembly, final checkout and permits before deployment.
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Hibbard Inshore has set the record for the longest flooded tunnel inspection against flow ever attempted. The successful result was achieved with a Saab Seaeye Sabertooth AUV/ROV hybrid, chosen as the only possible vehicle for the job.
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Internationally-renowned subsea training facility, The Underwater Centre, Tasmania, has appointed a new Diver Trainer to support the increasing demand for its commercial diving courses. David Loudon joins the Centre from Gilbert Diving PTY Ltd, where he spent the last three years as a diver and workshop manager.
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Eni has made a gas finding in the Merakes exploration prospect, in the East Sepinggan Block, where Eni is operator with a 100% stake. The Block is located in the offshore East Kalimantan (Borneo), 170 kilometres south of the Bontang LNG Plant and 35 kilometres from the offshore Jangkrik field, also operated by Eni.
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Higher production and lower demand are driving the United States on the path to energy independence by 2025, the first time since 1952 that the nation will export more energy than it imports, according to a recent Wood Mackenzie report.
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Ocean Floor Geophysics (OFG), in cooperation with Fukada Salvage and Marine Works, has completed a high resolution CSEM survey of near surface gas hydrates.
The survey was performed using the Scripps Institution of Oceanography Vulcan system for the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST) in Japanese waters.
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A senior Kuwaiti official said on Sunday the Khafji oilfield, run jointly with Saudi Arabia, had been shut down for "purely technical and not political" reasons, state news agency KUNA reported. Crude production from the Khafji oilfield had been halted temporarily to comply with environmental rules, according to an industry source and an internal letter seen by Reuters.
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Fugro, the world’s largest integrator of geotechnical, survey, subsea and geoscience services, has expanded its services for the offshore oil and gas sector with the addition of high resolution subsea laser scanning.
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Dive Commercial International, Inc.
NEW PRODUCTS AND TECHNOLOGY
Ping DSP’s 3DSS sonar is based on patented Computed Angle-of-Arrival Transient Imaging (CAATI) technology which provides high resolution 3D point cloud images over the entire water-column, including the seafloor, complex structures and mid-water targets.
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Imperium, Inc. announced the signing of a worldwide licensing arrangement to adapt Imperium's unique ultrasound camera inspection system for subsea applications. The agreement, with Subsea 7, covers a variety of diver and ROV mounted uses in an offshore energy setting. Once Imperium's tools are adapted for subsea usage, the two companies will perform a series of trials on both legacy and advanced materials.
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