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Greensea Systems, Inc.
NEW PRODUCTS AND TECHNOLOGY
British engineering firm Red Marine said Friday that it would develop a prototype submersible vehicle that works like a backhoe with a large scoop that can be used for decommissioning storage ponds at nuclear power stations.
 
The Archerfish ROV is an aptly named remotely operated vehicle, inspired by the archerfish, that is capable of locating and destroying sea mines by blasting them with an explosive charge.
The result of several years of research and development, the Archerfish stands out from other anti-mine submersible vehicles thanks to its ability to be deployed not just from sea vessels but also from helicopters.
 
Designs for the world’s deepest and largest indoor pool which could be built in Essex to help recreate conditions in space have met with approval from astronaut Tim Peake in the International Space Station. The pool would help research, training and development, and at 50 metres long and 50 metres deep would be the UK and Europe’s leading marine and space research facility.
 
The COBRA system significantly enhances subsea safety, providing more than double the standard supply of emergency breathing gas. JFD, the leading global subsea operations and engineering company, part of James Fisher and Sons plc, has today announced the launch of its new Compact Bailout Rebreathing Apparatus (COBRA) for commercial divers, as a direct response to the urgent need for significant improvements in safety in the saturation diving industry.
 
MESSAGE FROM THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
The ADCI is currently holding a 60 Day Comment Period (15 March – 15 May 2016) on the proposed ADCI Audit Initiative.  The Association is soliciting input on the initiative, and will then examine the comments to determine the best path forward to meet the needs of industry, the membership, and the mission of the ADCI.

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The ADCI is now releasing its Supervisor Nitrox Endorsement Examination.  This examination is available to all current ADCI certified supervisors.  On the revised Supervisor Exam Application, which can be downloaded here, qualified candidates can check the box for "Nitrox Endorsement."
 
The cost of the examination and new certification card is $150.00. A tutorial is included in the examination package.  
 
It should be noted that a tutorial is not a course on Nitrox (enriched air) Diving Operations.  Candidates should already have knowledge and experience with Nitrox operations, prior to undertaking the exam or supervising a commercial nitrox diving operation.
 
DeepWater Rental and Supply
New On ADCI-TV
Stay current with what's happening in your industry by watching ADCI's video updates. 
 
 
Mike Brown, vice president of energy services for Global Diving and Salvage, and Randy Jacobs, director of diving services for JF Brennan Company, discuss the ADCI audit process and the benefits it can provide for diving contractors. 
 
 

 
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INTERNATIONAL NEWS
In March 1968, a Soviet Golf II submarine carrying nuclear ballistic missiles exploded and sank 1,500 nautical miles northwest of Hawaii. Five months later, the US government discovered the wreckage—and decided to steal it. So began Project AZORIAN, one of the most absurdly ambitious operations the CIA has ever conceived. The potential payoff of Project AZORIAN was tremendous—a detailed look at Soviet weapons capabilities, and maybe some highly coveted cryptographic equipment. But the 1,750-tonne submarine had sunk to a depth of 16,500 feet, and a massive recovery ship was needed to haul it up.
 
Kongsberg Maritime’s UK division has uncovered the long lost model of Nessie which was used during filming of 1970’s "The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes". The discovery was made during a survey of Loch Ness, led by Kongsberg Maritime Ltd and supported by The Loch Ness Project and VisitScotland.
 
Dong Hai Jiu 101 departed for the MH370 search area on April 11, carrying Phoenix International’s Remora III remotely operated vehicle (ROV) which will be used in the recovery of the lost SLH‑ProSAS‑60 tow system.
Namely, on March 21, the failure of a tow cable connector resulted in the loss of the SLH‑ProSAS‑60 towfish and the attached depressor. Another towfish was lost earlier this year after it hit a mud volcano.
 
A year ago, researchers in two small submarines were exploring a seamount — an underwater, flat-topped mountain — off the Pacific coast of Panama when they noticed a dense cloud of sediment extending 4 to 10 meters above the seafloor. One of the submarines approached closer, and the scientists could soon see what was kicking up the cloud: thousands of small, red crabs that were swarming together like insects
 
A traveling exhibit of New York shipwrecks is heading for Albany.
The Great Shipwrecks of New York's "Great" Lakes exhibit was developed by New York Sea Grant. It will be installed at the State University of New York gallery on Broadway in Albany from May 4 to May 27.
 
Dive Commercial International, Inc.
INDUSTRY NEWS
Commercial diving businesses should always push for better safety, but sometimes learning the truth about their safety compliance can be tough. The Association of Diving Contractors International is a key resource for companies hoping to identify problem points, as their official audits can help businesses find ways to improve.
However, operators that aren’t familiar with the audit process could be concerned, or even nervous, with what the auditor will find. In the latest issue of Underwater Magazine, Diving Consultant Captain Jon Hazelbaker offered reassurance, explaining that the audit is not a "pass/fail" process but a complex assessment of a company.
 
Dynamic positioning systems are computer driven system which automatically maintain a vessel’s heading and position with the help of its own thrusters and propellers. It allows a vessel to automatically maintain its balance. Vessels installed with dynamic positioning systems have ability to operate with reliability, positioning accuracy, and safety.
 
Unmanned Underwater Vehicles (UUV) Market by Type (Remotely Operated Vehicle & Autonomous Underwater Vehicle), ROV & AUV Market by Application, by Product, by Propulsion System, by Payload & by Geography - Global Forecasts to 2020 "Increasing need for deep water offshore oil & gas production is a major factor for increasing procurement of Unmanned Underwater Vehicle (UUV), globally"
 
Fugro has been awarded a contract by Indian oil and gas company, ONGC, for the provision of ROV services on board the drillship Sagar Vijay. The contract, which was signed at ONGC’s offices in Mumbai, involves providing support for deepwater drilling operations off the east coast of India, in depths up to 900 metres.
 
Subsalve USA
REGULATORY NEWS
The U.S. Department of Interior on Thursday issued new safety regulations designed to cut the risk of oil and natural gas explosions during offshore drilling operations.
The new "well control" guidelines, spurred by the 2010 Deepwater Horizon explosion that killed 11 people, will bolster design, manufacture, repair and maintenance requirements for oil well blowout preventers, or BOPs. That’s the same device that didn’t function properly on the BP Horizon rig, leading to the worst maritime oil spill in U.S. history.
 
 

 

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