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Underwater drones have been used for everything from environmental research to scouring the ocean floor for wreckage of crashed airplanes. They are able to go where manned vessels historically have been unable to due to crushing depths and dangerous mission sets.
Experts agree that the future of unmanned underwater vehicles is bright, with more investment expected from both the government and commercial sector. However, power generation continues to be a conundrum for engineers.
 
After being inspired by Star Trek’s Enterprise, Engineers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have developed autonomous robots that will be able to work on their own underwater. The robots can not only perform tasks underwater, but also is capable of making high-level decisions to ensure successful execution of its missions.
 
With ship operators intensely focused on maximizing efficiency, keeping the hull clean is a major consideration as marine growth will most definitely lead to significant frictional drag and subsequently higher fuel bills. As documented by Dr. Michael Schultz, Department of Naval Architecture and Ocean Engineering at the United States Naval Academy, a heavily fouled hull can carry a ‘fuel penalty’ of up to 80%.
 
A remotely operated vehicle (ROV) device designed to measure friction between infrastructure and seabeds has opened the door for economical on-site testing.
The ROV has flat, pipe and chain-shaped tools that mimic the shape of offshore infrastructure and measures friction by recording the force required to drag the device along the seabed.
The drag force is measured using load cell transducers at either end of the device which pass signals up to a surface vessel to be recorded.
The result enables resource companies with offshore operations to perform tests that better represent their infrastructure at the seabed.
 
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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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.
 
UPCOMING EVENTS
Subsea Event China – International Underwater Intervention Conference & Exhibition
6-8 November 2015 – Xiamen, China

ADCI is honored to be one of the conference sponsors of Subsea Event China.  This is the second year in which the Association of Diving Contractors International (ADCI), the China Diving and Salvage Association (CDSA), and the International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) are co-sponsoring the Subsea Event China.  All Associations encourage all industry stakeholders to attend or exhibit at this event.  Please click here to register as an attendee or exhibitor.

It goes without saying that China has established a huge footprint in the underwater industry, and this event will allow you to see firsthand the impact that this country is having on the industry from an equipment and operational standpoint.

The ADCI will be providing a presentation on The Importance of Performing Emergency Drills to complement the IMCA presentation on Preventive Equipment Maintenance.

 
Interesting facts & figures  
  • China has a total coastline of 18400 km. It is generally estimated that China has a total of 35-40 billion tons of oil and gas resources in the sea. 

  • In the next 10 years, the yield of China’s oil and gas will increase progressively at 20%.  By 2020, it is expected to reach more than 40%.  By 2020, it is predicted that China's marine engineering equipment market is expected to exceed $75 billion.

  • China will focus on building three industrial gathering areas.  They are the Bohai Region, Yangtze River Delta Region and the Pearl River Delta Region. The sales income of these three industrial areas will reach 40 billion RMB in 2015, and will reach 80 billion RMB by 2020. 

  • China has more than 1,000 enterprises and 100,000 employees engaged in diving and salvage.  There are more than 10,000 commercial divers and 30,000-50,000 non-commercial divers.

  • According to statistics from the China Rescue and Salvage of Ministry of Transport of China, for more than 50 years, the China Diving and Salvage industry rescued 3,275 vessels in distress in total, including 644 foreign ships.  They rescued 44,727 individuals, including 7,536 foreigners.  They salvaged 1,679 sunken ships, including 91 foreign sunken ships.  The direct value of the rescued property is around 32 billion RMB.
 
For some 30 years SEALAB I has sat with little attention, now on the heels of its 50th anniversary, a group of volunteers has undertaken the task of restoring this historical vessel and re-commissioning it in the configuration as it served as America's first underwater house.
Be part of the effort to help fund this project. Click the link below for more information and to donate to the cause.
 
LinkQuest Inc.
INTERNATIONAL NEWS
Hydroid, Inc., a subsidiary of Kongsberg Maritime and the leading manufacturer of autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs), today announced its open enrollment training schedule for 2015. The schedule will feature five unique courses from June through October, and provide participants with operation, maintenance, troubleshooting and navigation skills for REMUS vehicles. All courses are led by Hydroid’s expert technicians, and will be held at the company’s new manufacturing facility, located at 3 Henry Drive in Pocasset, Mass.
 
You’ve heard that we know more about space than we do the deep ocean. But did you know it’s so unexplored that scientists discover new species just 200-500 feet down, sometimes at a rate of 14 an hour? A (sort of) manmade enemy threatens those efforts though, and they can’t kill, study, and eat it fast enough.
 
The hunt for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 has uncovered a previously uncharted shipwreck deep underwater, leading officials to say Wednesday that if the plane is in their search zone they will find it.
 
Deep Trekker announces they will be hosting a live demo at Aquaculture Nanaimo BC from May 31 to June 3, 2015. Individuals interested in learning more about the remotely operated vehicles find these demos to be of great assistance, as they can see the vehicle in action and what it's capable of doing. The mini rov demo highlights what makes this machine stand out from others on the market today and offers potential buyers the opportunity to see the vehicle up close and personal.
 
Robot contests have always been a popular way to attract students to engineering. So it’s no surprise that the IEEE Oceanic Engineering Society is using such competitions to interest students in the field. In particular, the society is asking students to design and build autonomous underwater vehicles.
 
The Port of Los Angeles is among the busiest in the world. For the cops who protect it, keeping an eye on the docks is challenging enough; diving its depths to search massive freighter hulls or look for wrecks involves a type of police work like no other.
 
Dive Commercial International, Inc.
INDUSTRY NEWS
Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri has selected marine technology firm Kongsberg Maritime's hydroacoustic systems package for a new polar research vessel.
Construction of the RV Kronprins Haakon, which is the first Norwegian icebreaker built for polar research, is expected to start in June at Fincantieri's shipyard in Italy.
For this project, Kongsberg will deliver its survey technology, which includes a wide range of Simrad scientific research technologies and an extensive K-Bridge system that will help the vessel meet complex navigation needs.
 
Market Research Report on Global and Chinese Subsea Cable Industry, 2010-2020 is a professional and in-depth market survey on Global and Chinese Subsea Cable industry.
The report firstly reviews the basic information of Subsea Cable including its classification, application and manufacturing technology. The report then explores global and China's top manufacturers of Subsea Cable listing their product specification, capacity, Production value, and market share etc. The report further analyzes quantitatively 2010-2015 global and China's total market of Subsea Cable by calculation of main economic parameters of each company.
 
iSURVEY Pte Ltd, Singapore, has been awarded a contract from EMAS AMC for the provision of positioning and survey services on board its pipe lay vessel, the ‘Lewek Centurion’.
The work is in support of Chevron’s 2015 pipeline installation campaign in the Gulf of Thailand. The project started in Q1 2015 and has an estimated duration of 120 days.
 
FMC Technologies announced that its Board of Directors has appointed Douglas J. Pferdehirt as President of the company.
Pferdehirt assumes this responsibility from John T. Gremp who remains Chairman and Chief Executive Officer.
"Doug has been integral to our company’s success and a valuable partner to me and the executive leadership team. In the three years he has been with FMC Technologies, our company has improved execution, expanded and enhanced customer relationships, established a platform for industry standardization, and entered into an industry-changing alliance with Technip," said John T. Gremp. "This appointment recognizes the performance, experience and leadership strength that Doug brings to our company."
 
Royal Dutch Shell’s return to oil drilling in the U.S. Arctic for the first time since 2012 took a big step forward on Monday when the Obama administration approved the company’s exploration plan. The Department of Interior conditionally approved Shell’s plan to explore for oil in the Chukchi Sea off Alaska. Shell has already spent about $6 billion on exploration in the Arctic. The Arctic is estimated to contain about 20 percent of the world’s undiscovered oil and natural gas, but its recovery could be decades away.
 
Technip has secured a contract with BP E&P for the design, engineering, fabrication, installation and pre-commissioning of the new production pipeline systems on the south side of the Thunder Horse production drilling quarters unit.
At a water depth of approximately 1,900 meters, the current field development is located in Mississippi Canyon Blocks 778 and 822, in the ultra-deepwater Gulf of Mexico environment.
 
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