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Kraken Sonar Inc. (TSX VENTURE: PNG) is pleased to announce development of KATFISH (Kraken Active Tow FISH), an innovative sonar platform for military and commercial applications. KATFISH is a key development objective in delivering on the Company's "sensor-to-systems" strategy.
 
Deep Trekker Inc. announced the publication of a new video guide to the use of remotely operated vehicles in aquaculture. Making it simpler, safer, and quicker than ever before to take care of everything from routine net inspection to scouting new sites, ROVs of the kind produced by Deep Trekker are proving to be an indispensable addition to the toolkits of many of today's top aquaculture specialists. The brand new guide at the Deep Trekker website at http://www.deeptrekker.com will be of great interest to anyone involved with aquaculture or with an interest in innovative uses for technology.
 
OceanWorks International announces the completion of system upgrades to the third Italian Navy’s HARDSUIT™ Atmospheric Diving System (ADS) designed and delivered by OceanWorks.
The conclusion of the work on the third ADS marks the completion of a major survey and upgrade of the Italian Navy’s ADS fleet to the Quantum II, OceanWorks wrote.
OceanWorks utilized improvements in the subsea thrusters and design upgrades to the buoyancy and backpack system to accommodate the changes in the physical alignment and weight of the Quantum II.
 
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
Combining the challenges of diving with construction skills comes with rewards, including high pay and the allure of a niche job.
Few others will see the work the welders do on oil rigs or bridges, pipelines or piers, and deep sea salvage.
There’s hazardous-materials work in cooling ponds of nuclear- power plants. There’s maintenance, cleaning and inspection of municipal water tanks.
 
The University of Essex has entered exploratory discussions to establish the world's deepest and largest research, training and development pool on the Knowledge Gateway research and business park at the Colchester Campus.
 
The Diving Museum, off Stokes Bay Road, in Gosport, is full of deep-sea suits, helmets, aqualungs and computers used by divers down the years.
With displays ranging from hi-tech gear used by the navy to the very first diving suits, the museum is one-of-a-kind.
And it isn’t just the museum building that is full of diving history, as each of the guides have also got a story to tell, too.
 
Researchers at the University at Buffalo School of Public Health and Health Professions will study the dangers that dehydration presents for U.S. Navy divers, examining diver physiology both during and after underwater activities.
 
A submarine wreck was discovered in Swedish waters and caught on video. Authorities investigate if this submarine is modern or from World War I.
Sweden has a difficult relationship with Russian submarines. Reports of Russian subs showing up on Sweden's coast has put pressure on the relationship between the two countries.
 
When deep sea divers have spent a long time underwater, they need to rise slowly when they resurface to avoid decompression sickness, known as 'the bends'.
But dolphins, our mammalian cousins, have no such problem, and a study has now shed light on how their lungs prevent this.
 
Dive Commercial International, Inc.
INDUSTRY NEWS
The ROV Market is mainly driven by the commercial activities such as the offshore oil and gas industry. New offshore oilfield development, capital expenditure in offshore industry, number of active offshore oil rigs, offshore renewable energy harvesting ventures and movement to deep-waters are the factors driving ROV market globally.
 
As per a recent study by IndustryARC, the global market for underwater unmanned vehicles was around $2.4 Billion in 2014 and will register a CAGR of 11.3% for the period 2015-2020. AUV utilization rate for commercial applications will be on rise, registering a CAGR of around 25% for 2015-2020 and ROV operations market is projected to increase at around 7% comparatively. Asia-Pacific and African regions are estimated to register the higher growth rates of around 30% during the forecast period of the study.
 
Increasing prices of oil and gas due to high demand, safety concerns among the sailors and shipping companies, government policies encouraging oil and gas explorations, advancements in hydrographic equipment technology are likely to drive the hydrographic equipment market in near future. Cost associated with carrying the hydrographic surveys and time taken to conduct hydrographic can act as the main restraint to the potential growth of hydrographic equipment market.
 
U.S. oil producers added 21 oil rigs in the past week, the most in over a year, data showed on Friday, suggesting that drillers were moving more aggressively than expected, just before crude prices’ latest dive down. Oil producers, who cut rigs in the face of falling prices late last year, began to add rigs back in the week ending July 2, oil services company Baker Hughes Inc said in its closely followed report. The latest addition comes amid a 21 percent collapse in U.S. crude prices from a recent high in June, data showed on Friday.
 
Subsalve USA
Hilco Industrial
 

 

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