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NEW PRODUCTS AND TECHNOLOGY
Yes, it's a yellow submarine.
But no, you won't see the Beatles' cartoon likenesses, or anyone else, peering out the windows as Boeing's new sub dives deep beneath the waves.
The aerospace company, best known for its commercial and military aircraft, is looking to expand its lineup of underwater vehicles for ocean researchers. In July, Boeing's Huntington Beach facility unveiled Echo Seeker, an unmanned, fully autonomous submarine capable of diving 20,000 feet below sea level.
 
Okeanus Science and Technology (Okeanus) is pleased to announce the acquisition of a suite of deep water lights, lasers and high-definition cameras to its portfolio of rental equipment. Capturing subsea applications requires powerful underwater lights, video and still cameras, and laser lights. Okeanus offers the ability to secure underwater imagery without the high cost associated with purchasing an array of equipment for your subsea project.
 
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
A team led by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen has recovered the ship's bell of battlecruiser HMS Hood – the pride of the Royal Navy, which, on 24 May 1941, was sent to the bottom of the North Atlantic by the German battleship Bismark, with the loss of 1,415 lives.
 
Navy explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) technicians perform some of the most harrowing, dangerous work in order to keep others from harm’s way, and they do so in every environment.
They’re trained to disarm improvised explosive devices, neutralize chemical threats, and render safe nuclear weapons.
They are the gold standard of the bomb squad world.
 
For the average Sailor, a day on a rigid-hull inflatable boat (RHIB) consists of a ride with shipmates, skipping across the water of one of the world’s oceans.
The shore remains far from sight, with nothing but the open water and the destination in view.
This is not the scene playing out in the Savannah River this summer, however; the RHIB is filled with Navy divers, explosive ordnance disposal technicians, and veterans of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ (USACE) underwater archeological and conservation team. This is just an average morning on the way to the dive site of the CSS Georgia salvage in Savannah, Georgia.
 
The Center for Biological Diversity has formally petitioned the federal government to inspect all pipelines off the coast of California for corrosion and other damage.
This legal petition covers the 213 miles of pipelines in federal waters and additional pipeline in state waters closer to shore. These offshore pipelines are typically far older than the onshore Plains All American pipeline that in May dumped more than 100,000 gallons of heavy crude oil onto the California coast.
 
National Hyperbaric Centre welcomes Jim Creighton as Operations Manager at their facility in Aberdeen. Jim has over 25 years’ experience within the diving industry, most recently as UK Business Unit Diving Manager at Technip. Jim will be overseeing operations across all departments, further enhancing and ensuring the successful delivery of NHC products and services.
 
America's very first Bachelor of Science in Maritime Technology program, offered by Northwestern Michigan College, is to get a special Falcon ROV.
In what the college says is a pioneering new capability, the Falcon will be fitted with an advanced sonar system that will help students study ROVs as a multicomponent resource used across a range of subsea activities.
 
Dive Commercial International, Inc.
INDUSTRY NEWS
In the wave energy world, progress means having "steel in the water." Now that gadgets are graduating from mere prototypes to pre-commercial machines, their engineers must find the best places to try them out in the open ocean.
 
The CAGR for the unmanned underwater vehicles market for the period 2015-2020 is estimated to be around 11%. Operations and sales market for Remotely Operated Vehicles and Autonomous Underwater Vehicles is also studied and estimated in the report. The Unmanned underwater vehicles market for different geographical regions considering key economies is provided. CAGR for AUV and ROV for the geographic regions are estimated.
 
Increasing applications across various industrial sectors and continuous technological advancements are driving global underwater robotics market growth over the forecast period. These robots have applications in marine archaeology, maritime security, and marine biology. In addition, continuous oceanic surveillance is one of the key applications for such robots. These robots are designed for work environments with less approachability and in applications, where the security of divers cannot be risked. These underwater robotic vehicles play a major role in growth of the offshore industry sector as well. The increasing need for undersea mining has become an important factor contributing to the market expansion.
 
The global subsea valves market is expected to grow owning to the increasing offshore oil and gas and subsea projects. Increasing energy demand coupled with declining onshore reserves has forced oil and gas exploration and production companies to increase investment and activities in offshore reserves which, accelerate the demand for subsea valves across the globe during the forecast period.
 
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics released its jobs report for July – another consecutive month with a decrease in mining jobs. A total of 5,000 mining jobs were lost in July bringing the total loss of jobs in the industry to 78,000, with the majority of those losses in support activities for mining.
 
As of July 31, there were 44 mobile rigs in the United Kingdom (UK) market, consisting of 20 jackups and 24 semisubmersibles (semisubs). Utilization stands at 77.3 percent with 34 of the 44 units under contract. Five rigs, consisting of three semis and two jackups, are cold stacked, while five other rigs (four jackups and one semisub) are ready stacked. While 77 percent utilization might be seen as decent in the current market, the odds of it staying there are not favorable. A look at the contracts in place shows that seven rigs are due to come off contracts through the remainder of 2015, and based on current known data, just two are likely to continue to work as options are exercised.
 
Oceaneering International Services Ltd has acquired a minority equity interest in Viper Subsea Technology. Oceaneering International Services Ltd is a UK based subsidiary of Oceaneering International Inc, a NYSE listed company and is a global oilfield provider of engineered services and products primarily to the offshore oil and gas industry, with a focus on deep-water applications.
 
Subsalve USA
 

 

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