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NEW PRODUCTS AND TECHNOLOGY
The Iver 3 Affordable Work Class Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV) has an extended oepration time.
It also comes with a wide variety of high-resolution sonar options.
For more information, please download this free white paper.
 
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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New On ADCI-TV
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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

China International Diving and Salvage Offshore Summit 2015

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
About two thousand feet (598 meters) below the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Louisiana, remotely operated vehicle Hercules encountered a magnificent sperm whale.
The scientists operating the ROV were recording footage when it happened.
 
The Canadian Coast Guard (CCG) was at the site of the Manolis L wreck yesterday, June 2, putting a new cofferdam in place to contain any oil that is leaking from the sunken ship. Since spring 2013, the Coast Guard has conducted regular operations at the site of the sunken ship, including underwater hull surveys and sealing leaks with weighted seals and new cofferdams.
 
As divers scramble to save hundreds trapped in a capsized cruise ship in China's Yangtze River, the scene in some ways evokes Northeast Asia's last major maritime disaster: the ferry sinking last year that killed more than 300 people off South Korea's southwest coast. Yet even at this early stage, there are far more differences than similarities. Already, Chinese divers have reportedly pulled two survivors from the cruise ship, with four others located.
 
For the last 19 months, a VideoRay Pro 4 Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) has been permanently deployed off the coast of Stavanger, Norway. The Pro 4 ROV was deployed by Stinger Technology AS in November 2013 to test how long a VideoRay could remain underwater in working condition continuously without surfacing. This operation marks the longest continuous deployment of an ROV of any class without requiring maintenance.
 
Dive Commercial International, Inc.
INDUSTRY NEWS
OceanServer Technology has received orders for six new Iver autonomous underwater vehicle (AUVs) from three different customers.
The systems are expected to be delivered by the end of January 2015. Four systems will be delivered to YSI/Xylem for use in water quality application utilising the YSI Sonde 6-Series Sensors.
The second customer, John's Hopkins University, recently took delivery of their first Iver3-580 system for research purposes.
Johns Hopkins currently operates two Iver2 AUVs. The final system was delivered to Heriot Watt University in Edinburgh Scotland. This system was awarded as part of the EDU-RAS (The Edinburgh Alliance in Robotics and Autonomous Systems) for research equipment.
 
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.
 
DOF ASA is pleased to announce that the Offshore Subsea Construction Vessel (OSCV) Skandi Africa, delivered from Vard Søviknes to our subsidiary DOF Subsea, has been named "Ship of the Year 2015" in Norway. Skandi Africa is the latest purpose built state-of-the-art vessel to join the DOF fleet. It is specially designed and equipped for subsea operation duties with a high focus on sea-keeping capabilities, excellent station keeping performance and low fuel consumption. The DP class 3 vessel is designed for harsh environments, and for deep water subsea construction and flexlay operations up to 3,000 m in depth.
 
Odyssey Marine Exploration, Inc., a pioneer in the field of deep-ocean exploration, has completed search and preliminary inspection operations on its "Olympus" Project, which includes a cluster of five 20th-century shipwrecks believed to be carrying significant cargoes of gold and silver at the time of their sinking in the Northern Atlantic. All shipwrecks have been located and Odyssey's marine operations team has conducted varying degrees of reconnaissance to collect data on each wreck including multibeam surveys, sub-bottom imaging and visual inspections with a remotely operated vehicle (ROV).
 
OceanServer Technology Inc has recently delivered an Iver autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) for the MODUM project supported under the Nato Science for Peace and Security (SPS) Programme.
The purpose of the MODUM is to move "towards the monitoring of dumped munitions threats in the baltic sea. The goal of the project is to establish a cost-effective, research-based monitoring network using underwater vehicles to enhance understanding about dumped munitions in the Baltic Sea, which pose both environmental and human security threats.
 
BOURBON has completed the installation of subsea electrical cable for SABELLA’s D10 tidal energy project off the island of Ushant, France.
After 2 weeks of preparation, the laying of the electrical cable was conducted from May 23 – 26 2015, in a window of favorable weather.
Teams from BOURBON and SABELLA landed, placed, and buried 30 tons of 68 mm diameter cable over 2 km at depths from 0 to 60 m in the Fromveur Passage to Ushant.
 
After the order of 18 monopiles and transition pieces for the Nordergründe offshore wind farm, AMBAU recently received an order for the construction of the foundations for the wind farm.
Manufacturing of foundations will start at the AMBAU site in Cuxhaven in October 2015 and last until March 2016.
The monopiles have a diameter of 5.5 metres and a maximum wall thickness of 60 millimeters, an average weight of around 370 tonnes and a maximum length of 56 meters. In total, over 10,000 tonnes of steel are to be used in the foundations, including secondary steel, the company said.
 
Offshore recently conducted a technical seminar for the offshore oil and gas industry in Aberdeen on riser and conductor engineering.
The event was attended by 46 participants from 20 organisations including operators, drilling management companies and service providers.
The seminar was held at the Hilton Treetops hotel and covered four key topics aiming to give the audience a better understanding of riser and conductor engineering, best practices, new developments, current trends, challenges and issues, the company noted.
 
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