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A new resistivity sensor system can give oil and gas companies a better view of subsurface data and the movement of fluids within a reservoir.
By gathering data between and far beyond wellbores at reservoir depths at the surface – with or without deploying instrumentation downhole – the San Diego-based GroundMetrics’ technology can improve subsurface visibility, and allow oil and gas companies to optimize drill locations and boost the rate of drilling success.
 
Rolls-Royce has been awarded a contract by shipbuilder Fincantieri to supply a fully integrated propulsion system for Norway’s new Polar Research Vessel, which will carry out significant environmental research at the North and South Poles.
The Rolls-Royce system includes gen sets with a power electric system, a range of thrusters and automation and control systems.
 
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
Plane crashes and other catastrophes more often than not require extensive search and recovery.
From a military standpoint that mission is a specialized one that requires a very special group of divers.
The Flyaway Saturation Dive System at the Naval Surface Warfare Center is one of a kind.
The complex system is rarely duplicated and takes days to put together.
"Typically these types of systems are used out in the Gulf or the North Sea for oil field support," said Paul McMurtrie, the Saturation Diving System Program Manager. "This is one of the few systems of its type that’s used specifically for deep ocean salvage."
 
India has started undersea exploration of an unexplored region in northern Antarctica by a polar remotely operated vehicle (PROVe) developed by Chennai-based National Institute of Ocean Technology (NIOT).
The vehicle underwent a two-month trial in Priyadarshini, a freshwater lake in the Schirmacher oasis (an ice-free plateau) which is a source of water for Maitri, India's second permanent base in the continent.
 
Dropping a robotic lander on to the surface of a comet was arguably one of the most audacious space achievements of recent times.
But one concept mission being studied by the US space agency could top even that.
Scientists are proposing to send a robot submarine to the oily seas of Saturn's moon Titan. The seas are filled not with water, but with hydrocarbons like methane and ethane.
 
Exploring the deep sea, and especially submarine canyons, is a risky business. The floors of many submarine canyons are periodically scoured by fast-moving underwater avalanches known as "turbidity currents." In 2013, one of MBARI's remotely operated vehicles (ROVs) was literally swept away by a turbidity current. Fortunately, the vehicle survived, giving researchers their first close-up view of one of these enigmatic events. The resulting video and data suggest that conceptual models and even textbook descriptions of turbidity currents may need to be revised.
 
Dive Commercial International, Inc.
INDUSTRY NEWS
ESBJERG, Denmark -- Flying 56 miles west from this port, you are greeted by a 10-story, yellow, boxlike platform rising out of the North Sea. It is called SylWin1, the connection to Europe's electric grid from one of the largest power plants ever built offshore. Beyond it, arrayed over 27 acres of ocean, are the 80 Siemens 3.6-megawatt turbines of the Dan Tysk wind farm.
For Europeans, and perhaps for some Americans, this may be their energy future. The unobstructed winds at sea here are capable of spinning up enough power to electrify around 1 million German households.
 
The province’s purchase of the former Canadian Coast Guard base on prime Dartmouth waterfrontage for an ocean technology research and innovation centre is a smart investment in Nova Scotia’s future.
The ocean technology sector, which includes shipbuilding and repair, offshore oil and gas, defence industries and other government applications and aquaculture and the fishery, already generates about $500 million in annual revenues, much of that from exports.
 
Chief executives, business planning and marketing VPs and other interested parties such as investors need to grasp what is one market - autonomous vehicles of every type - and how they have so many components and systems in common. They wish to benchmark best practice and identify trends and this report is the first to pull it all together. Uniquely, it covers the whole topic of autonomous vehicles on-road, off-road, on water, underwater and in the air, whether carrying passengers or not.
 
Subsalve USA
REGULATORY NEWS
Rotterdam-based law firm AKD says the lack of an unambiguous term to describe a ‘ship’ in several jurisdictions represents a potential threat to asset security for financiers, particularly in the offshore and renewable energy sectors.
AKD partner Haco van der Houven van Oordt says, "In many jurisdictions, including the US and the UK, there appears to be no clear definition of a ship. A recent Tulane Maritime Law Journal study illustrated how a variety of floating objects which have no means of propulsion and/or ability to carry cargo or passengers cannot easily be registered as a ship. FPSOs and MODUs, but also FTUs for offshore wind farms, fall into this category."
 
 

 

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