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If a robot plunges into the ocean of an icy moon, perhaps near Saturn or Jupiter, its main problem will be figuring out what to do next. Even at light speed, it takes hours for communications to pass back and forth to Earth.
This means any robotic explorer would need to be smart enough to avoid danger, and sophisticated enough to figure out what information to send back. These were problems puzzling Yogesh Girdhar who, as a part of his doctorate dissertation at McGill University in Montreal, redid the "brains" of an undersea robot called Aqua.
 
Small, manned submersibles are typically seen attached to mega-yachts, or in the headlines making extreme dives to the deepest spots in the oceans. Now a Seattle company is building a new generation of underwater vehicles to charter to a range of commercial, industrial, and government customers in the new ocean economy.
 
Nobody has ever been able to calculate the amount of oil trapped in wrecks beneath the sea but we know it is there. This is because every so often a slick of raw crude or more refined bunker fuel appears on the ocean’s surface and drifts ashore where it smothers beaches and wildlife. Now, for the first time, a piece of practical technology has been developed at the design hot shop of Miko Marine in Norway that provides a fast and economically deployed tool with the ability to prevent pollution by enabling trapped oil to be recovered before it has a chance to escape and cause damage.
 
MESSAGE FROM THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
OCS industry stakeholders can click here for an opportunity to review the United States Coast Guard's Commercial Diving Notice of Proposed Rulemaking.

This notice is also available for viewing in the Federal Register.  Industry Stakeholders are encouraged to submit comments during this review period. 
 

 

 

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Dryden Diving Company, Inc.
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A quick look at the highlights of Underwater Intervention 2015
 
 
Hosted by ADCI and GoM Diving Safety Workgroup This past February at Underwater Intervention, the Association of Diving Contractors International and the U.S. Gulf of Mexico Diving Safety Workgroup hosted a symposium covering the expanded presence of lionfish in the Gulf of Mexico and the dangers they can pose to commercial divers. The symposium was well attended, with roughly 200 industry stakeholders from the commercial diving, oil and gas and other industries sitting in to learn how to mitigate these dangers and better protect personnel involved in underwater operations. 
 
 
Dr. Brian Bourgeois points out areas to be conscious of when non-diving physicians fill out the ADCI Medical Examination Form. 
 
 
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.
 
More from ADCI TV
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
Building on thirty years of partnership since SALVEX Korea began in 1985, approximately 180 U.S. and ROK navy personnel conducted a series of advanced combined salvage operations, both in-port and at-sea. Sailors assigned to Mobile Diving and Salvage Unit (MDSU) 1 embarked aboard the rescue and salvage ship USNS Salvor (T-ARS 52) sharpened skills with ROKN counterparts from Salvage Squadron (SALVORON) 55 embarked on their diving and salvage ship ROKS Pyongtaek (ATS 27).
 
Jacob Levenson drew my attention to an expected discovery on a Belizean beach yesterday...a car-sized, remotely operated vehicle (ROV). The ROV was found on Hol Chan Marine Reserve on a reef in front of Ambergris Caye. It measures almost 12 feet long by 6.6 feet wide and 7 feet high. Both Andrew Thaler and I managed to confirm the make and model of the ROV as a Quantum XP ROV. The distinctive characteristic for me was the replicated diagonal supports on the frame.
 
The eerie remains of a Japanese warship that lay undiscovered on the ocean floor for more than 70 years have been captured on film.
Musashi was attacked by the US Navy in 1944 and went down with more than 1,000 members of crew on board.
Despite numerous witness accounts its exact location remained a mystery for decades.
But the ship was discovered earlier this month after Microsoft's billionaire co-founder Paul Allen spent eight years searching for it with his personal submarine.
 
The autonomous "ocean glider", owned by the University of Western Australia (UWA), went missing on an assignment near the canyon two years ago.
A team from UWA, together with researchers from the Western Australian Museum, CSIRO and the Institute of Marine Sciences in Italy, found the device near the end of a 12-day expedition surveying the undersea canyon using a remote operated vehicle (ROV) for the first time.
 
Dive Commercial International, Inc.
INDUSTRY NEWS
COWI Marine NA Field Operations Manager makes ADCI history.
​The Association of Diving Contractors International (ADCI) recently elected a new member to its Engineering Diving Committee — COWI Marine North America’s (COWI Marine NA) Joseph Acosta. As the first ever non-engineer to be elected, Joseph brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the Committee. Joseph was also instrumental in getting COWI Marine NA accepted as a General member.
 
After four years of contract work for the Australian government, the Skandi Protector (ex Ocean Protector) will now be headed to work for Chevron Australia on the North West Shelf.
Norwegian ship owner DOF Subsea announced today the signing of a three year Master Services Agreement with Chevron to provide subsea inspection, maintenance and repair (IMR) services utilizing the Skandi Protector.
 
Seatronics Ltd Abu Dhabi instrumentation and offshore survey supply business, has been appointed as a distributor of SBG Systems’ products in the Middle East region, effective Jan. 2015. This is a significant development for Seatronics Abu Dhabi, enabling it to expand its scope of product supply to customers and bringing the latest developments in navigational and motion sensing technology into the region.
 
This report covers hybrid and pure electric marine electric vehicles; on-water and underwater, inland and seagoing. It covers the closely allied topics of electric outboard motors and electric planes operating from water and even has some mention of electrification benefiting conventional craft. Overall, it encompasses leisure, military, industrial, commercial and other applications and the technology trends.
 
Norway’s Electromagnetic Geoservices (EMGS) has secured a data licensing agreement for the provision of 3D EM data from EMGS’ multi-client data library in the Barents Sea.
According to the company’s statement on Oslo stock exchange, the deal is worth approximately USD 3 million.
 
In early January of this year, the government of Croatia awarded five energy companies with licenses to drill for oil and gas in the Adriatic Sea. It marked the first time that Croatia opened up its part of the Adriatic Sea (which it shares with Italy and a handful of other Balkan countries).
Consortia that included five companies won ten oil and gas exploration and production licenses covering blocks in the North, Central and South Adriatic.
 
A fall in oil prices may help long-term exploitation of fossil fuels in the Arctic by averting a short-lived "gold rush" into the vulnerable icy region, Norway’s Foreign Minister Boerge Brende said on Thursday. Exploitation of oil and gas required long planning to safeguard the fragile environment, which is heating up faster than the world average because of global warming, he said.
 
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