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I want to formally notify you that ADCI Board Director, Mr. Frank Hazen will be retiring from Triton Diving Services on 20 September 2013.  I think I can speak for all that have had the pleasure to work with Frank that his presence will be missed at industry meetings, Underwater Intervention, and most recently on the Board of Directors.  Frank’s wealth of experience and years in the industry never clouded his ability to embrace the input of those his junior and no one was better than him at "checking the ego at the door".  In simple terms, Frank is a great guy that will be missed.

In his resignation letter to the ADCI Office, Frank wrote:  "It has been a great pleasure and honor to have served on the ADCI Board of Directors.  I wish the Association the best in its efforts to keep our industry on the leading edge of safety and education."

On behalf of the Board and the Association, I want to wish him all the best with his retirement or any other endeavor he ventures into.

Triton’s seat on the Board will be filled by Maureen Bodron.  Anyone who has done work for Chevron in the Gulf has known Maureen for years.  Some years back, Maureen moved to the contractor side of the fence.  Maureen’s professionalism and knowledge of the industry will only complement the ADCI Board of Directors.  I personally look forward to working with her.

Phil Newsum
Executive Director
Association of Diving Contractors International
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Deadline Overview
September 1, 2013 - Abstract submitted ONLINE
October 8, 2013 - Electronic Advance Program Sent out
January 8, 2014 - FINAL Paper sent to Track Leader for Publication
February 11-13, 2014 - Conference Participation
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This notice is being sent as a notification to all General Member Companies that are engaged in saturation diving operations that the requirement for having an emergency evacuation system (HRC or SPHL) went into effect on 19 July 2013. 

The requirements for Emergency Evacuation Systems can be found in Section 6.12.3 (Page 125) of the Consensus Standards for Commercial Diving and Underwater Operations (6th ed.). 

The requirement for an EES had been annotated by a superscript "3"–compliance required after 24 months from formal public release of the Consensus Standards for Commercial Diving and Underwater Operations (6th ed.)". The 24 month period ended on 19 July 2013. 

Additionally, all diving bells, submersible decompression Chambers, and closed bells had new compliance requirements that were also annotated with by a superscript "3"-compliance required after 24 months from formal public release of the Consensus Standards for Commercial Diving and Underwater Operations. 

The new requirements for diving bells, submersible decompression chambers, and closed bells can be found in Section (Page 124) of the Consensus Standards for Commercial Diving and Underwater Operations (6th ed.). 

These new requirements went into effect on 19 July 2013. 

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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
All equipment requirements that were annotated with a superscript "3"-compliance after 24 months from formal public release of the Consensus Standards for Commercial Diving and Underwater Operations (6th ed.) will go into effect on 19 July 2013.
Requirements for Emergency Evacuation Systems can be found in Section 6.12.3 (Page 125).
Requirements for diving bells, submersible decompression chambers, and closed bells can be found in Section (Page 124).

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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.
U.S. military researchers have released an industry solicitation to develop an unmanned submersible over the next five years that can transport and deploy unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs and unmanned underwater vehicles (UUVs) stealthily close to enemy operations.
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A new memorial is in place for an Arkansas native killed in Afghanistan, but it’s not easy to find.

The memorial for Navy SEAL Chief Petty Officer Adam Brown is at the bottom of Lake Ouachita. A group of scuba divers led the initiative to honor Brown with the memorial, which was placed in the lake last month.
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The downed aircraft was one of two F-16 fighter jets from the 113th Wing, D.C. Air National Guard that clipped wings mid-air during a routine training mission 35 miles southeast of Chincoteague, Va., Aug. 1.
The other aircraft involved in the incident was able to fly back to Joint Base Andrews in Md. without further incident.
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The Marine Advanced Technology Education (MATE) Center's 12th-annual international student underwater robotics competition took place this summer in Federal Way, WA. The competition challenged K-12, community college, and university students from around the world to design and build remote operated vehicles (ROVs) to accomplish underwater tasks.
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There are psychedelic colours, underwater chimneys, decaying bodies and strange, strange creatures under the ocean off the coast of Vancouver Island. Across the globe, scientists and students are watching as the watery world reveals some of its secrets.
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About 500 miles from the Philippines, Project Recover searches for aircraft shot down during one of World War II’s fiercest battles in the region. The organization behind the project, BentProp Project[1], is focused on finding the remains of U.S. soldiers and bringing them back to the United States. This summer, the project received assistance from Remus, an autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) equipped with side-scan sonar and advanced imaging systems.
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The first public event for Vital Warrior will take place at the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach, CA. A non-profit org, Vital Warrior was founded by retired Navy SEAL turned Actor, Mikal Vega.
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Mike Borrow, who has died aged 84, founded Underwater Marine Equipment (UMEL), a firm specialising in subsea equipment which became best-known for the development of the Jim suit — an atmospheric diving suit which was widely used by the offshore oil industry and featured in the James Bond film For Your Eyes Only.
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LinkQuest Inc.
Singapore-based offshore energy services provider Jaya Holdings Limited reported Monday that it has signed a contract to charter its new build dynamic positioning 2 (DP2) Platform Supply Vessel (PSV) "Jaya Vigilant" for a long term operation in the Indian Ocean, offshore Mozambique.
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Managing safety risk at sea is a challenge! Commercial divers work at depths of up to 300 meters and spend weeks living in enclosed hyperbaric chambers and often face tough working conditions requiring a high level of training and competence.
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Buccaneer Energy Ltd. has secured some serious financial backing, and that could mean a more secure future for its oil and gas exploration activity in Cook Inlet. Buccaneer announced last week it had completed a joint venture agreement with EOS Petro Inc. to help cover some -- and in some cases all -- of the operating costs of initial drilling projects at three of the company's leased Cook Inlet units.
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Siemens has installed the HelWin1 offshore platform in the North Sea. HelWin1 will link the two offshore wind farms Nordsee Ost and Meerwind to the mainland.
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Jaya Holdings announced it has signed a contract to charter its newbuild DP2 Platform Supply Vessel (PSV) Jaya Vigilant for a long term operation in the Indian Ocean, offshore Mozambique. The two-year contract, which includes charterer’s options, has a value of more than $20 million.
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Titan Salvage and OPA 90 partner, Marine Response Alliance will team up as sponsors of the National Maritime Salvage Conference, "Weathering the Storm", hosted jointly by the American Salvage Association (AMA) and Marine Log magazine from September 9 through 12, 2013 in Arlington V.A.
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L-3 Klein Associates is organising a SideScan Sonar Operations and MaintenanceTraining Seminar from 29 to 31 October 2013 at L-3 Klein’s Facility in Salem, NH, USA. This seminar is geared to the operator, as well as to the manager, who wants a better understanding of Side Scan Sonar techniques. The course is open to any user of side scan sonar regardless of brand, experience, or occupation.
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OceanGate Inc. (Seattle, Wash., USA) a global provider of manned submersible solutions for research and commercial applications, announced on Aug. 21 the
completion of the initial carbon fiber hull design and feasibility study for its next-generation manned submersible — Cyclops.
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EvoLogics GmbH now offers free access to EvoLogics communication and positioning emulator immediately after a purchase order for hardware. EvoLogics communication and positioning emulator is a hardware-free framework that allows to configure and run a network of virtual underwater acoustic modems on EvoLogics server. It can be accessed remotely, so customers that purchased EvoLogics devices can get accustomed to modem controls and start system integration of the hardware before its actual delivery.
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In appreciation of the continuous development of ever more compact ROVs, underwater systems and equipment – along with an emerging demand for a low light, diver inspection options, MacArtney is pleased to introduce the new LUXUS Compact Low Light Camera.
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