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catch a last, harbor seal’s glimpse of the Seattle Aquarium and downtown skyline beyond through the dome-shaped hatch of the submersible. The pilot turns on the life support systems and opens a valve. Air releases from the ballast tank with a gasp. "OK, everybody, we’re going to go under," says Stockton Rush at the controls of Cyclops 1, a prototype for what he hopes will set a new standard for comfort and versatility in manned undersea exploration.
 
A revolutionary technology by GA drilling can cut the time required for section milling from 12 days to several hours and is to undergo full-scale onshore testing next year at Weatherford’s Houston facility. The PLASMABIT method uses a device similar to a welder’s arc to generate extremely high temperatures to melt a section of casing string at the point where a cement barrier has to be placed during a Plugging and Abandonment (P&A) operation.
 
A new transponder designed for use by subsea UXO disposal organisations and salvage specialists was introduced at the recent Hydrographic Society’s UXO Seminar in Southampton by Applied Acoustics, based in Great Yarmouth, UK.
 
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
Huntington Ingalls Industries' (NYSE:HII) Undersea Solutions Group (USG) subsidiary made history in June as its two female divers became the first women to crew and drive a dual-mode underwater vehicle (DMUV). Chloe Mallet, an ocean engineer, and Andrea Raff, a mechanical engineer, crewed and operated USG's Proteus, a submersible able to operate as a manned swimmer delivery vehicle (SDV) and as an unmanned undersea vehicle (UUV).
 
Kongsberg Maritime’s state-of-the-art OE14-530 3DHD video camera has produced a wealth of stunning imagery during an expedition to survey the historic World War II shipwrecks of HMAS Sydney (II) and the German raider HSK Kormoran, off the coast of Western Australia. The Western Australian Museum and Curtin University survey, which took place in April 2015, also used six OE14-408E digital stills cameras on two ROVs operated by DOF Subsea.
 
We are pleased to let you know that at last week’s Marine Advanced Technology Education (MATE) International 2015 Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) competition, AMNO & CO received first place in the Ranger (predominantly high school) division.
This competition included 31 Ranger teams from over 10 different countries.
The international venue at Memorial University in St. John’s, Newfoundland in Canada was very unique in that were three different tanks, including a flume tank with current, a tank with waves, and a tank covered with a layer of ice. In each of these tanks, there were a set of separate mission tasks, faced by scientists and industry professionals working in the corresponding extreme environmental conditions in the Arctic.
 
As humanitarian, training and operational missions continue in the Asia-Pacific region, the combat diving community’s most rigorous school will soon implement its area development plan in support of Defense Secretary Ash Carter’s "force of the future" strategy. The development plan outlines an in-depth study of existing infrastructure improvements, specifically within the U.S. Army’s Special Forces Underwater Operations School’s Combat Diver Qualification , said Army Maj. Joshua Eaton, Commander of Charlie Company, 2nd Battalion, 1st Special Warfare Training Group (Airborne).
 
Dive Commercial International, Inc.
INDUSTRY NEWS
The number of contractors expecting to carry out decommissioning on the UK Continental Shelf over the next three to five years has hiked to 79%, up from 55% in 2012, according to the 22nd Oil and Gas Survey, carried out by Aberdeen & Grampian Chamber of Commerce and University of Strathclyde.
 
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.
 
The jobs report for June, released Thursday by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, shows a continuation of the trend for declining mining jobs. There were 4,000 mining jobs lost in June, making a total of 71,000 mining jobs lost since a recent high in December 2014. Most of these job losses have been concentrated in support activities for mining.
 
Subsea 7 S.A. announced Friday the award of four contracts by Chevron Australia Pty Ltd. (Chevron) and Inpex Operations Australia Pty Ltd. (Inpex – as operator of the Ichthys LNG Project), for the engineering, procurement and construction of an Emergency Pipeline Repair System (EPRS) to be used offshore Australia.
 
Global and Chinese Subsea Cable Industry, 2009-2019 Market Research Report 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, cost, gross margin and market share etc.
 
Farstad Shipping ASA has today taken delivery of subsea/construction vessel Far Sentinel (Vard 3 07) from Vard Langsten. The vessel is designed for subsea construction/IMR operations to 3,000 meters water depth, has an overall length of 142.6 meters, beam of 25 meters and a deck area of 1,800 m².
 
Carnegie Wave Energy has welcomed the adoption of a draft report by the European Commission for the Environment, Climate Change and Energy of the Committee of the Regions (CoR) confirming the important contribution the ocean energy sector will make to the future energy needs of the European Union.
 
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