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NEW PRODUCTS AND TECHNOLOGY
Autonomous technology is infiltrating all areas of driving. It’s in planes, cars, trains, and now, it’s in personal watercraft submarine pod things. The Mercedes-Benz H2O Concept is an idea from designer Markus Krautter that, according to him, creates a "symbiosis of science and ecotourism."
"In our modern times, it is increasingly necessary to take care of natural treasures, which are a fundamental part of our existence," Krautter said. "... Living and working underwater is a well-known dream to mankind."
 
A team of students at Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, has developed Kraken 3.0, a highly powerful and modern autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV). The students claim that Kraken 3.0 is superior to the current version of manually operated drones.
According to the development team, the underwater robot has the potential to repair underwater pipes and can even conduct underwater surveillance. In addition, the latest version of the AUV can help find and retrieve a lost "black box" recorder amid the debris of a crashed airliner.
 
Becoming an underwater welder will take a considerable amount of training. Welding is a skill that takes several years to perfect. Being able to perform welding underwater will take even more time and training. If you are interested becoming an underwater welder, starting the training as soon as possible is the best idea.
 
MESSAGE FROM THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
The Association of Diving Contractors International (ADCI) invites industry stakeholders to review and comment on the International Consensus Standards for Commercial Diving and Underwater Operations Edition 6.1.
 
Your comments will be considered for incorporation into the International Consensus Standards for Commercial Diving and Underwater Operations Edition 6.2.

The public comment period, beginning on May 20, 2015, will remain open for a duration of 90 days, ending on August 17, 2015.

Please click here to comment and review the revisions made between Editions 6 and 6.1.

The Gap Analysis between Editions 6 and 6.1 and the survey can also be found at underwatermagazine.com.

The ADCI welcomes your comments and values your input.
 
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. 
 

PLEASE CLICK HERE TO VIEW ADCI'S COMMENTS ON USCG NPRM TO 46 CFR PART 197 SUBPART B.

 

 

 

 

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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.
 
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INTERNATIONAL NEWS
The Florida Department of Environmental Protection has budgeted 1.6 million dollars to clean up the tires. The two year project is estimated to remove about 90,000 of the tires, those which are closest to the coral reefs. The tires will be hauled out by commercial divers, who use helmets and airlines tethered to the ship.
 
Before it ever fired a shot, the 1,200 ton ironclad CSS Georgia was scuttled by its own crew to prevent its capture by Gen. William T. Sherman when his Union army took Savannah in December 1864. Today, it's considered a captured enemy vessel and is property of the U.S. Navy.
The shipwreck is being removed as part of a $703 million project to deepen the river channel so larger cargo ships can reach the Port of Savannah. Before the harbor can be deepened, the CSS Georgia has to be raised.
 
NON-PROFIT group is returning to Nikumaroro to conduct further research at the site where Amelia Earhart may have crash landed in 1937.
The International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery is making preparations for its eighth expedition to the island of Nikumaroro in Kiribati this June.
Its senior archaeologist Dr. Thomas King told Variety that Ric Gillespie and about a dozen of his TIGHAR colleagues will be returning to Nikumaroro.
 
Clarenville High School has boasted a robotics team for the last number of years. Usually, the students compete at the high school level. In fact, last year they took home an international award for their work.
But this year, the students decided to take things into a higher gear, and are competing in the university-level Explorer class at the 2015 MATE international ROV competition in St. John's.
 
Dive Commercial International, Inc.
INDUSTRY NEWS
McDermott International, Inc. (NYSE:MDR) announced today that it has been awarded a large brownfield contract by Saudi Aramco for the engineering, procurement, construction and installation (EPCI) of twelve jackets for offshore oil and gas fields in Saudi Arabian waters. Work is scheduled for completion by the end of the first quarter of 2016 and will be included in McDermott’s second quarter 2015 backlog.
 
Siemens has handed over SylWin1, the third North Sea grid connection this year, to its customer TenneT. The German-Dutch transmission grid operator has now put the world's most powerful grid connection to date into commercial operation.
 
Global Diving & Salvage is pleased to announce the addition of Global Technical Services to its existing three core services, marine construction, marine casualty response and offshore support. Joining forces with Alaska Technical, GTS is offering a wide range of non-destructive testing instruction.
 
The Federal Institute for Geosciences and Natural Resources in Germany (BGR) has launched a tender invitation for the provision of a research vessel and support crew for its survey work in tropical Indian Ocean.
Namely, the BGR plans to conduct offshore surveys and sampling south-east of Mauritius along the Central Indian Ridge and Southeast Indian Ridge.
 
PETRONAS achieved the first oil from the Bukit Tua field in Indonesia, on 17 May 2015.
PETRONAS’ General Manager and Country Chairman of Indonesia Operations, Hazli Sham Kassim said, "We are proud that the Bukit Tua field has come on stream today and this is PETRONAS’ biggest upstream project in Indonesia, so far."
 
Bahamas Petroleum Company announced Thursday that the Petroleum Bill and suite of associated regulations, as well as a Sovereign Wealth Bill, have been put before the Bahamian House of Assembly for their second readings.
The bills aim to guide and govern the next phase of safe and responsible hydrocarbon exploration in the Bahamas and provide the legislative framework to ensure the wealth from any exploration would be optimally invested and managed for the benefit of Bahamians.
 
Russian government commission should decide on Schlumberger’s bid for Eurasia Drilling in two to three weeks, an official from Russia’s Federal Antimonopoly Service (FAS) said on Thursday.
Dmitry Makhonin also said FAS had no objections to the deal from a competition point of view, but added that a special governmental commission would have the final word on the matter.
 
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