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Greensea Systems, Inc.
NEW PRODUCTS AND TECHNOLOGY
Diving dangers could be reduced using new technology that would allow divers to dive deeper and for a longer period of time. The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), a branch of the United States Department of Defense, has begun developmenton a new technology that has the potential to change the lives of divers.
 
Tasik Toba is a subsea operation vessel (SOV) being built by Mawei Shipbuilding Company at Fujian Mawei Shipyard on Culu Island in China, for Singapore-based SOV developer Tasik Subsea.
It is the first DP3 vessel designed by the company that could support a larger crane, deepwater operations and saturation diving.
 
Drones may be big news at CES, but only one can make a splash.
Chinese hardware company Taihuoniao Shenzhen has developed what it says is the first consumer drone for exploring all those big bodies of water that cover most of the Earth.
 
MESSAGE FROM THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Upwards of 20 representatives from the O&G industry will be attending their meeting and the different presentations and exhibitions at the show.  Some of the operators that will be in attendance are  TOTAL, Shell, ENI, Petronas, Petrobras, Exxon Mobil, Statoil, Chevron, Conoco Phillips, DONG Energy, Qatar Petroleum, and Premier Oil, BP, as well as other IOGP invited operators in the Gulf region.

Additionally, there will be other members who sit on the Diving Improvement Workgroup that will be in attendance.  Some of the members who will be in attendance for that meeting will be such companies as Bluestream Offshore, Technip, Bibby Offshore, IMCA, Subsea 7, NUI, Namaka Subsea, Air Liquide, MIMIR, Fugro LLC, ABS, DNV, Lloyds, McDermott, CNS Int., Ocean Works Asia (OWA), BOSKALIS, KB Associates, KD Marine, FSDS, and the Offshore Simulator Centre(OSC).  The usual gulf contractors and support services that sit on this committee will also be in attendance, as well as those invited by the IOGP DOSC. 

The IOGP DOSC and Contractors Pre-meetings will be held on Tuesday, and the IMCA and DDMC meetings will take place on Wednesday.
 
Wednesday will be the day for the group to take in the show and attend the DSWG meeting.  On Thursday the entire group will come together for a joint Diving Improvement Work Group meeting.

Underwater Intervention is very excited to welcome these groups into the conference.  For more information on Exhibiting, Presenting, Travel and Hotel arrangements, or Attendance, please go to www.underwaterintervention.com.
 

Underwater Intervention 2016

February 23-25
 
The world's premier event for Commercial Diving Contractors, Remotely Operated Vehicles, Manned Submersibles, and all other aspects of the Underwater Operations Industry will take place at the Morial Convention Center in New Orleans, LA, February 23-25, 2016.

Underwater Intervention's sponsoring organizations are non-profit, membership-supported professional organizations. By supporting Underwater Intervention, you are supporting and giving back to the industries and communities represented at Underwater Intervention. Proceeds from the annual conference go back into member driven programs that support education and training, provide scholarships and support safety initiatives throughout the subsea industry.

For more information, please visit the Underwater Intervention website.
 
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Dr. Brian Bourgeois discusses PFOs and how they are related to decompression illness.
 

 
 

 
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UPCOMING EVENTS
Underwater Bridge Inspection Course at Underwater Intervention

Event Details
Start Date: 2/22/2016 7:30 AM
End Date: 2/25/2016 5:00 PM
Location: 
900 Convention Center Boulevard
New Orleans, LA 70130

Event Website: www.underwaterintervention.com

Contact: Rebecca Roberts
Email: rroberts@adc-int.org
Phone: 281-893-8388

Sponsor: ADCI Diving Engineering Committee
Contact: David B. Mrowiec
Email: dmrowiec@croftondiving.com
Website: www.adc-int.org

NHI Underwater  Bridge Inspection Course
Instructors from Collins Engineering
Course Tuition: $1,000
Includes UI 2016 Pass to Exhibits, all Exhibit Floor activities and hosted functions.

 

 
LinkQuest Inc.
INTERNATIONAL NEWS
The three questions people always ask Josh Gostomski when they learn he’s a commercial diver are: "Can you weld under water? You must make a lot of money, huh? And are there any really big fish down there?"
He answers: yes, no, and absolutely.
 
To determine the cause of extreme fatigue in Navy divers after routine missions, the Office of Naval Research (ONR) is sponsoring work examining the most critical weapon in a diver’s arsenal – oxygen itself.
The research is inspired by anecdotes from Navy divers suffering from severe exhaustion after dives. These tough individuals – among the fittest in the world – would be sluggish and weak for a day or two after a dive, even getting winded climbing flights of stairs.
 
In 2015, more than 2 million cargo containers moved through the Port of Oakland. After those containers are offloaded from cargo ships, they are stacked onto large decks until they can be loaded onto trucks, trains or ships and shipped out.
This critical pile system is managed and maintained by a small team of four divers, who spend most of their time inspecting and repairing them.
 
The dramatic video footage of a great white shark attacking the "REMUS SharkCam" autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) brought some of the highest ratings to Discovery Channel's Shark Week 2014 and went viral on the Internet.
 
The giant SEA-ME-WE 5 subsea fiber optic cable, which promises a 24 terabits per second link from South East Asia to Eruope via the Middle East, has made landfall at Melaka Malaysia.
 
These divers braved the frigid temperatures of the Antarctic to verify that strict environmental regulations are still being followed in the area. A primary cause for concern was the MV Bahia Paraiso, a 435-foot Argentine research vessel that sunk in the Antarctic waters back in 1989 when it ran aground. News reports at the time spoke of a 10-mile-wide oil slick surrounding the site of the tragedy. The sunken vessel spilled hundreds of thousands of liters of diesel and caused a massive marine environmental disaster.
 
The history of the wetsuit is an interesting story of technology that was developed out of necessity. Those who venture underwater need the best equipment available starting with their second skin: a wetsuit.
 
A quick response has been prompted following concerns after diesel from a sunken ship flowed to the surface in Port Elizabeth harbour. An estimated 40 tons of diesel has leaked from a shipping trawler, Baratz the that sank in November last year. Environmentalists expressed concern over the impact the spill posed on the sea life, especially the penguin colony.
 
Dive Commercial International, Inc.
INDUSTRY NEWS
This past year in the offshore rig market was one many would like to forget. Oil prices plummeted to below $40, and as a result, rig utilization declined throughout the year and day rates followed suit. Early contract terminations, particularly for floating rigs (semisubmersibles and drillships), have become more commonplace than at any other time in history, and delivery dates for rigs under construction continue to be delayed.
 
Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUV), also known as unmanned underwater vehicles are used to perform underwater survey missions such as detecting and mapping submerged wrecks, rocks, and obstructions that pose a hazard to navigation for commercial and recreational vessels. The application of autonomous underwater vehicles technology has evolved in the commercial sector where the number of AUVs being used for offshore surveys and other tasks is increasing at a rapid pace.
 
iSURVEY AS, Norway, has been awarded a multi-year frame agreement with Nexans Norway AS to provide navigation, positioning and survey support for its cable lay operations on board the ‘C/S Nexans Skagerrak’.
 
BP has stated that it will axe around 600 jobs from its North Sea operations by the end of 2017, with the majority of cuts taking place this year. In a statement sent to Rigzone Tuesday morning, BP cited the challenges of operating in this maturing region and the toughening market conditions as reasons for the impending cuts, which will see staff and agency contractor roles heavily reduced in the North Sea.
 
Serimax, a Vallourec subsidiary, a world leader in offshore & onshore welding solutions, and Technip, a world leader in project management, engineering and construction for the energy industry, signed today an agreement in principle in order to achieve a strategic partnership in the domain of pipeline welding. In this respect, Technip, a long-lasting customer of Serimax, would acquire a minority stake in Serimax.
 
Faroe Petroleum, the independent oil and gas company focusing principally on exploration, appraisal and production opportunities in Norway and the UK, is pleased to announce the commencement of the Kvalross exploration well 7224/2-1 (Faroe 40%).
 
Subsalve USA
 

 

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