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NEW PRODUCTS AND TECHNOLOGY
Aqueos Corporation, a premier subsea services provider for the offshore oil and gas sectors of the Gulf of Mexico and the Pacific West Coast, is pleased to announce the delivery of SPLASH™, a Special Purpose Liveboat and Survey Hull to specifically address safety concerns with traditional methods of Liveboating.
 
Since the 1990s the U.S. Navy has increasingly used AUV (Autonomous Underwater Vehicle) for monitoring the underwater weather and, lately, much else. Newer models like SeaExplorer have more sensors, better controls and more reliable communications than older models. With AUVs like this the navy can inexpensively monitor large expanses of ocean for underwater conditions and all sorts of activity.
 
With the ARROWS project, EU-funded researchers are turning deep-sea archeological exploration from a risky and out-of-reach undertaking to a flexible and affordable solution.
When Plato first came up with the myth of Atlantis, he probably didn’t expect that the mysterious island would keep stirring debates and feeding popular imagination for over 2000 years.
 
One container is already delivered and in operation, the other is being built at our workshop in Raamsdonksveer. The dive control container is divided in two sections: one dive control section and a dive helmet workshop section. The air-conditioned dive control section is fitted with two large windows on both longitudinal sides near the front end of the container, allowing a clear external view when sitting behind the dive control panel. These windows come equipped with a heat preventing foil.
 
MESSAGE FROM THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Nominations are now open for the
ADCI Commercial Diving Hall of Fame



Recognizing and honoring individuals whose efforts and accomplishments have significantly contributed to commercial diving through a lifetime of dedication.

Nominees do not have to be commercial divers, but can be any individual who has been influential and who has made a significant and recognizable life-long contribution to the commercial diving community.

Inductees will be honored at the Awards Dinner at Underwater Intervention 2016.

For more information, contact
Phil Newsum
Executive Director
(281) 893-8388 or
pnewsum@adc-int.org

Deadline for submittal of nominations:
OCTOBER 30, 2015

Please click here to download the nominations form.


Return completed forms to
btreadway@adc-int.org
or mail to
ADCI, 5206 FM 1960 W.,
Ste 202, Houston, TX 77069
 
Nominations are now open for the
ADCI Scholarship Program


Scholarship recipients will be honored at the Awards Dinner at Underwater Intervention 2016.

Deadline for submittal of nominations:
OCTOBER 30, 2015

Please click here to download the application form.

Scholarship Program Information


Scope
As a membership funded non-profit organization in sound financial condition, ADCI has elected to return some of its financial resources to our communities in the form of secondary education scholarships. Accordingly, the Board of Directors of the Association of Diving Contractors International has approved a resolution to implement the following program. 

Scholarship Qualifications
Each Member company of ADCI, who has been a member and in good standing for a minimum of one year, may nominate and endorse the application of one individual from its community for consideration for the ADCI Scholarship program per year. Any person in the Member’s community is eligible for nomination at the discretion of the Member Company. However, officers and/or directors of the ADCI Board of Directors or the immediate family of such officers or directors shall not be eligible for nomination. Immediate family means spouse, child, stepchild or dependent of such officer or director. 


Applicants must: 
  1. Provide documentation of acceptance to the learning institution for which the scholarship is to be applied. If applicants are applying to more than one institution, they must so indicate on their scholarship applications.
  2. If successful, applicants must notify the Committee as to which institution they will attend, prior to the award distribution. 
  3. Execute an affidavit agreeing that should they not attend the learning institution as indicated on their application or, should they withdraw from same, that then all scholarship funds received or in the event of withdrawal, shall be returned in their entirety to the ADCI in a timely manner. In the case of a scholarship being awarded to a minor, the custodial parent or guardian shall sign the affidavit. 
  4. Agree to allow the committee to contact their current school to verify grade point average if applying for a scholarship on grade point merit. 

Procedures
Scholarships may be awarded on the merits of one or all of the following criteria; grade point average, civic activities, extracurricular activities and essay submission. The scholarship award shall be paid jointly to the selected individual (or designated representative) and to the learning institution the successful applicant will attend. 

Eligible Institutions
The Board of Directors shall have final say as to the qualification of the secondary education institution, but generally, any institution of higher learning will be acceptable. These include universities, colleges, junior colleges, vocational training schools and trade schools. The emphasis shall be placed on colleges, universities, and trade schools; however all students are encouraged to apply. 

Scholarship Award Distribution
Distribution of applications for the awards and announcements to the members regarding the scholarship fund shall commence immediately upon the Board’s approval of the number and level of each year’s awards. Applications for scholarship awards must be submitted to the ADCI office who shall compile all information received for delivery to the Scholarship Committee Chairman. To allow graduating High School students to have the awards presented or announced at their High School commencement ceremony every effort will be made to announce the 2016 awards by December 1, 2015. 

Award
This year the ADCI will award 2 Scholarships at $4,000.00 each.

Eligibility
This ADCI Scholarship is open to members of the community of all ADCI voting member companies who are current and in good standing with ADCI, with the exception of officers and/or directors of the ADCI Board of Directors or their immediate families. This award is available for any institution of higher learning after high school including universities, colleges, junior colleges, vocational training schools and trade schools. 

 
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

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
Commercial divers may be aware of the dangers of decompression illness, but some may be more likely to feel its effects, depending upon their physiology. One of the contributing factors to susceptibility is whether a diver has a Patent Foramen Ovale, or PFO, a heart condition that can have serious repercussions.
 
Offshore wind energy is a growing business, providing enormous potential to meet the world's energy needs. But with their structures based at sea, building them has always posed a number of challenges. Now those challenges can be significantly reduced with a new standard for ports and marine operations for offshore wind energy structures.
 
Mobile Diving and Salvage Unit (MDSU) 2, and Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit (EODMU) 6, conducted joint training at Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story (JEBLCFS), June 16, in preparation for the salvage of Civil War Ironclad CSS Georgia.
Hissing from pressure valves being released and muffled communication from underwater divers to the console operator fill the air. A supervisor holding stop watches shouts commands to tenders who pull or heave in large air hoses.
 
Hundreds of students from all over the world have descended upon Memorial University's Marine Institute in St. John's, N.L., for an underwater robot battle.
The major international competition, called the MATE ROV Challenge, involves students designing and building their own remotely operated underwater vehicle.
Those robots are then put through the paces at the university's test tank.
About 700 high school and university students from around the world travelled to St. John's for the competition.
 
Navy Diving is celebrating the Year of the Military Diver in 2015, with 100 years since the Mark V diving helmet was first developed, later becoming the cornerstone piece of equipment for the community for more than 65 years. Though current divers no longer wear the iconic helmet, many other facets of diving have remained the same. With the recent acquisition of the Diver 6 telemetry system, Navy diving is poised to plunge into its next century, beginning with a practice dive at Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story, June 17.
 
An ancient shipwreck doesn't give up all its secrets at once. Greek authorities have approved a five-year extension for an international team of explorers to continue probing the remains of a 2,085-year-old shipwreck known for holding what is considered the world's oldest computer.
 
Newly formed marine services company Ardent and a salvage and diving firm from Spain have been contracted to remove oil from a sunken fishing trawler which sank off the coast of the Canary Islands in April and has been slowly leaking oil, threatening nearby tourist beaches.
 
Dive Commercial International, Inc.
INDUSTRY NEWS
The Maritime Link project has a new website that will post job openings and be used to help fill them.
The portal was launched Friday by St. John’s-based Emera Newfoundland & Labrador.
The site includes information about job openings and allows people to apply for positions. Contractors and unions involved with the subsea cable project will use the portal to help find qualified workers.
"The new site provides greater accessibility for those applying for work on the project," Rick Janega, president and CEO of the Emera arm overseeing link construction, said in a news release.
The cable project is expected to create an average of 300 jobs per year in Nova Scotia and Newfoundland between 2014 and 2017, with peak employment of about 600 workers in 2016.
 
MMA Offshore Limited (MMA), Australia-based marine services provider to the Asia Pacific oil and gas industry, disclosed Wednesday that the Company has been awarded a contract by Chevron Australia Pty Ltd. (Chevron) to provide supply base facilities and services for Chevron’s operations in Australia’s North West.
MMA will provide a broad range of shore base services out of its Dampier Supply Base. The comprehensive scope includes operations planning and management for vessel mooring, load and discharge, freight/material management and dedicated laydown and staging areas. Additionally, the scope requires the provision of technical capabilities including heavy lifting operations, the provision of quarantine inspection and remediation services and management of a number of third party services.
 
Seatronics Ltd, an Acteon company and part of its survey, monitoring and data business, has promoted Derek Donaldson from vice president Asia Pacific to vice president global operations. Donaldson enters into a new position within the Seatronics Group management structure, reporting directly to the Seatronics Group managing director, Phil Middleton. Donaldson and Middleton will together support regional vice presidents in managing and developing the global Seatronics business. Donaldson will be based in Singapore and will continue to manage the regional office, whilst maintaining a global presence.

 
Offshore Installation Services (OIS), an Acteon company, has been awarded a contract by Antrim Energy to decommission four subsea wells in the central North Sea. The offshore scope of the campaign, which also includes six wells from Centrica Energy, will include complete offshore and onshore project management, vessel charter, equipment and personnel.
 
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