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Marine electric vehicles make new things possible and increasingly they have lower cost of ownership and are the only practicable way of meeting the newer, more onerous pollution regulations for inland waterways and harbours. Marine electric craft are increasingly made by existing shipyards making conventional craft but there is also a trend for those making land or airborne electric vehicles to make marine ones as well.
 
SeaTech Solutions International (S) Pte Ltd is pleased to announce that it will be performing the basic design for the World’s First Seabed Mining Vessel for Marine Assets Corporation (MAC) and Nautilus Minerals Inc. for use at the Solwara 1 Project.
 
The Autonomous Ocean Systems Laboratory (AOSL) at the Memorial University of Newfoundland is undertaking a long-term study into modelling the behaviour of icebergs that includes acquiring real-world data that will increase the accuracy of predicting the rate and direction of their drift.
 
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Dryden Diving Company, Inc.
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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.
 

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.
 

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.


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.


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.
 
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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.
 
Underwater burning creates hydrogen / oxygen mixtures that are highly explosive. Consider the tips outlined in this updated video before performing underwater burning.
 
LinkQuest Inc.
INTERNATIONAL NEWS
The museum - along State Road A1A North on Hutchinson Island, east of downtown Fort Pierce, Fla. - chronicles the Navy's sea, air and land teams from their origin in World War II to heroic modern-day assignments such as the killing of terrorist Osama bin Laden and the rescue of Capt. Richard Phillips after his freighter was captured by Somali pirates.
 
What do the vessels of the U.S. Navy and the French Navy, underwater robots, teams of divers, a submarine, and the latest ocean technologies have in common? They are all being used in the search for the flagship of John Paul Jones, the BONHOMME RICHARD.
 
In a memorable (and much-parodied) 1983 television ad for a brand of instant, decaffeinated coffee, a gravel-voiced announcer asked: "What kind of people drink Sanka? People like Joe Zebrosky, underwater welder." The ad, one of a series featuring manly men in a variety of high-stakes professions, featured the aforementioned Zebrosky intoning: "Too much caffeine makes me tense. And down here, I can’t afford that."
 
"Technology Innovation for Deep Blue". This will be the theme for next year’s international conference to be held in Xiamen, China. The China International Diving, Salvage & Offshore Equipment Exhibition 2015 (DSOI) summit schedule is on November 5 to 7, 2015 and will be in cooperation with BIC Congress Incorporated, Asia’s largest international congress association that has already held 300 conferences featuring various fields such as Information Technology, energy, environment and economics.
 
The oil market has entered a new era with lower Chinese economic growth and booming U.S. shale output, making a return soon to high prices unlikely, the West’s energy watchdog said on Friday.
The International Energy Agency, which typically refrains from predicting oil prices, said in its monthly report that prices could fall further in 2015 after declining to their lowest levels since 2010 below $80 per barrel.
 
Dive Commercial International, Inc.
INDUSTRY NEWS
Zamil Offshore owns 60 per cent and Mermaid 40 per cent of the JV, which was formed to bid for a Saudi Aramco contract to supply diving support vessels and diving services for five years plus two one year extensions. The JV was successful and Aramco awarded them the contract.
 
Under the charter, the dive support vessel (DSV) Mermaid Nusantara will perform inspection, repair and maintenance contracts as well as saturation diving for construction support, ongoing field maintenance and call out repair. In addition, the Indonesia-flagged vessel will also secure any potential work in Indonesia and bids for jobs in Southeast Asia.
 
Singapore based Miclyn Express Offshore (MEO) looks to have picked up a bargain in the assets sell-off resulting from Superior Energy Services' decision to shut up shop at its subsea services division, Hallin. MEO today reported it had acquired the former Hallin DP2 Subsea Operations Vessel Windermere. Windermere is designed for wellhead servicing, inspection and construction diving, and remotely operated vehicle (ROV) support.
 
Granter is a senior aquaculture technologist with the Marine Institute’s (MI) Centre for Aquaculture and Seafood Development who became aware of the potential benefits of ROVs in the industry when asked to do some work on a mussel grow-out operation.
 
The Gazprom Management Committee addressed the progress of the South Stream gas pipeline construction project. It was stressed that South Stream Transport was ready for constructing the most complicated part of the project – the first and the second strings of the offshore gas pipeline. FEED activities are completed for the offshore section.
 
Van Oord’s flexible fallpipe vessel Stornes has set a world record.
During a period of four weeks, Stornes placed rock in water depths of up to 1,277 metres.
The Subsea Rock installation works were executed in relation to the development of the Aasta Hansteen gas field and Polarled pipeline in the Norwegian Sea.
 
GE Oil & Gas has added the capability to fabricate subsea wellheads in Nigeria. The announcement was made in Lagos by Uzo Nwagwu, chief operating officer for GE Oil & Gas in Nigeria.
The company regards this as a major milestone for GE Oil & Gas in their efforts to substantially increase the local capabilities of its operations in Nigeria.
The new wellhead production capabilities at GE’s existing Onne facility in River State align with the Nigerian federal government’s local law.
 
Subsalve USA
REGULATORY NEWS
IMO meets to make Polar Code mandatory, and consider new rules to live by
THE UN's International Maritime Organisation's maritime safety committee is expected to adopt the Polar Code to make it mandatory at a meeting this week, reports London's Tanker Operator.
The safety committee will also seek to approve the draft Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) amendments to make mandatory the International Code of Safety for Ships using Gases, or other Low flashpoint Fuels (IGF Code).
The Polar Code contains additional design, construction, equipment, operational, training and search and rescue rules for ships in Arctic and Antarctic waters.
 
 

 

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