ADCI Underwater Today

July 24, 2012

Fox Industries, Inc.
UPCOMING EVENTS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

The ADCI announces its Annual 30 Day Public Comment Period for submittal of proposed revisions to the ADCI Consensus Standards for Commercial Diving and Underwater Operations (6th Ed.).

The ADCI encourages all industry stakeholders to submit their proposed revisions to the Consensus Standards.  To submit revisions go to www.underwatermagazine.com and link on to ADCI Consensus Standards 30 Day Review 2012.

 

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There are substantial differences between the 5th and current 6th editions. Please take time to note all of the changes and additions to:
• Operational and equipment requirements
• Diving personnel medical training requirements
• Diving personnel certification requirements
• Checklist and audit protocols


Implementation of Certification and Equipment Requirements
Except where noted, all new certification and equipment requirements will take effect immediately. Noted changes to take effect after formal adoption of this document will be annotated by a superscript (1, 2, or 3) after the stated requirement.

The legend for the superscript is as follows:
1 – Compliance required after 6 months from 7 July 2011
2 – Compliance required after 12 months from 7 July 2011
3 – Compliance required after 24 months from 7 July 2011

Preview the Consensus Standards for Commercial Diving and Underwater Operations 6th edition on the ADCI website.  A "read only" version can be found at www.adc-int.org.

 
Since 2005, your association has inducted selected nominees into the Commercial Diving Hall of Fame. These individuals are nominated from all walks of life and represent men and women who have made a recognized and lasting contribution to commercial diving throughout their lifetime.
Since 2005, your association has inducted selected nominees into the Commercial Diving Hall of Fame.   These individuals are nominated from all walks of life and represent men and women who have made a recognized and lasting contribution to commercial diving throughout their lifetime.
 
As background; in 2004, a decision was taken by the Board of Directors to establish the Hall of Fame with the first group of inductees being those individuals who had previously been awarded either the John B. Galletti Memorial Award (established in 1978), or the Tom Devine Memorial Award (established in 1995).  That initial group numbered 33 individuals and one additional dedicated Hall of Fame selectee to represent 2004.  Of the initial group of inductees, 25 were prior John B. Galletti Memorial Award and  8 prior Tom Devine Memorial Award honorees.
 
With the passage of time the number of nominees to the selection committee has slowed.  This may be due to a lack of understanding of what the Hall is intended to represent or; simply due to the fact that as our community continues to grow the contributions of individual persons become less evident.  Or; it may be that some of the individuals who deserve recognition are from small nations where the commercial diving community is not as well recognized as perhaps it is in other parts of the globe.
 
Whatever the reasons; the fact is that many persons from our global community have dedicated their lives to improving commercial diving in one manner or another.  These may be men and women who have themselves been commercial divers; developers of equipment, contributors to the medical sciences used to keep us safe from the rigors of diving, safety professionals who recognize and alert us to on-the-job hazards, individuals who establish companies to employ commercial divers or others who produce improved tools for our use underwater.
 
As we solicit nominees for the Hall of Fame consideration please use care and consideration in making your recommendations.  Because an individual is a friend, a co-worker, or simply a "name" that you would like to nominate, ask yourself if that person has met the criteria of having made a recognized and lasting contribution to commercial diving during their lifetime.  If so, use care in filling out the nominating form and complete supporting information.  If not; then keep it in mind for the future.  Remember - this is your heritage!  Keep it alive and meaningful.
 
Here's a listing of prior awardees:  Note:  Postumous Awards are noted by the letter "P"

John B. Galletti Memorial Award 
D. Michael Hughes - 1983
Dick Evens (P) - 1984
George W. Samson (P) - 1985
Jim Joiner - 1986
Henri Delauze - 1987
Phil Nuytten - 1988
Murray Black (P) - 1989
Lad Handelman - 1990
Dr. Joseph McInnis - 1991
Herbert G. Newbury (P) - 1992
John T. Johnson - 1993
Jack D. Smith, Jr. - 1994
Andre Galerne - 1995
Ellis R. Cross (P) - 1996
Joe Savoie (P) - 1997
Steve Helburn - 1998
Bill Dore - 1999
Bob Kirby - 2000
Ross Saxon - 2001
Conway Whitey Grubbs (P) -2002
R. H. (Dutchy) Holland - 2003
 
Tom Devine Memorial Award
Ms. Bernice McKenzie (P) - 1995
Juan R. Crofton - 1996
Mike McGovern - 1997
Fred Aichele - 1999
Rick Jager - 2000
Jon Hazelbaker - 2001
Jim Caldwell - 2002
 
Hall of Fame
Bob Barth - 2005
Rodney Cruze - 2006
Dick Long - 2006
Torrence Parker - 2006
Jack Reedy - 2006
Walter (Whitey) Stephens - 2007
Wilber (Jerry) O'Neill - 2007
Dr. Jeff Zhang - 2008
Dr. Robert Workman (P) - 2008
John Manlove - 2008
Norman Ketchman - 2008
Lazaro Del Castillo - 2008
Dr. Joseph Serio - 2009
Leonard Greenstone - 2009
Robert W. Honaker - 2009
Bud Mills - 2010
Bob Ratclff - 2010
Ben Miller - 2011
Tom Angel - 2011
Joe Sanford (P) - 2011
Paul Leblanc - 2012
Drew Michel - 2012
 
As you can see, there are a great many notables identified above.  If you'll look at this listing it becomes evident that the entire spectrum of application associated with commercial diving is represented as are our friends from other nations.  In preparing to make your nomination please give it careful thought to ensure that you submittal gives the committee all the information necessary to make an informed and intelligent selection decision.
 
If you've any questions please don't hesitate to contact me directly.
 
Respectfully,
Ross Saxon, Ph.D.
Chairman, Hall of Fame Selection Committee
281-881-3182 or
rsaxon@cusp-inc.com
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
The ADCI Commercial Diving Hall of Fame was established in 2004 with the first inductees being those persons who had previously received either the John B. Galletti or Tom Devine Memorial Awards. The Hall of Fame is intended to "recognize and honor individuals whose dedication and accomplishments have significantly contributed to commercial diving through a life time of dedication." Prior inductees and short biographies are available on the ADCI Website at www.adc-int.org.

The ADCI Commercial Diving Hall of Fame was established in 2004 with the first inductees being those persons who had previously received either the John B. Galletti or Tom Devine Memorial Awards.  The Hall of Fame is intended to "recognize and honor individuals whose dedication and accomplishments have significantly contributed to commercial diving through a life time of dedication."    Prior inductees and short biographies are available on the ADCI Website at www.adc-int.org

Nominees do not have to have been a commercial diver.  Prior recipients have represented the medical community, have developed equipment for diving, were educators, or others persons who in some other manner went on to be influential in our community.  Likewise, nationality is not a factor as there  are many prominent individuals who have been or remain active in the international community of commercial diving. Those contributions might be the development of improved and safer diving tables; new or improved equipment, enhanced safety devices, practices or procedures, better educational methods for commercial diving personnel, etc. In short - the primary qualification is that individual(s) nominated and selected must have made significant and recognizable life-long contributions to commercial diving.

When nominating an individual please remember that members of the Commercial Diving Hall of Fame are not nominated nor selected because they are popular, well known, or have merely been around a long time.  The inductees represent the best that contributors to our community have offered and are those persons who went well beyond the calling of their job or occupation to truly contribute to commercial diving in a meaningful manner that can be fully documented and verified.

Please use the attached Nominating Form to submit your nomination to the ADCI office.  Nominations will be accepted continuously until 15 September 2012.   Please keep in mind that induction to the Commercial Diving Hall of Fame is the highest honor that an individual can receive on behalf of the commercial diving industry and therefore, you honor that person through submittal of a nomination that is as thorough and well detailed as possible.  Attachments to this form are welcomed.

If you have any questions, please contact the ADCI office at 5206 FM 1960 W., Ste 202, Houston, TX  77069; Phone 281-893-8388 and request that those questions be forwarded to the Hall of Fame Selection Committee.

A copy of the nominations form can be found at the following link: click here

Thank you,

Ross Saxon, Ph.D.
Chairman
ADCI Hall of Fame Selection Committee

 
Interested in contributing to UnderWater magazine? UnderWater magazine is seeking feature stories and photography covering subjects of broad significance to the commercial diving industry. Possible article topics include, but are not limited to: safety, new techniques, new equipment, equipment reviews, recent projects, etc. Special attention will be given to articles highlighting safety; however, all topics of general interest to diving contractors will be considered. Photography accompanying your story is welcome and encouraged. Here is a chance to highlight and share some of the notable accomplishments of your company or school.

UnderWater magazine is seeking feature stories and photography covering subjects of broad significance to the commercial diving industry. Possible article topics include, but are not limited to: safety, new techniques, new equipment, equipment reviews, recent projects, etc. Special attention will be given to articles highlighting safety; however, all topics of general interest to diving contractors will be considered. Photography accompanying your story is welcome and encouraged. Here is a chance to highlight and share some of the notable accomplishments of your company or school.

If you are interested in supplying photography to be used within UnderWater’s pictorial features, please supply brief captions, along with the credit information of either the photographer or your company. See the photography guidelines below.

Please understand that the editorial plan set forth by the editorial board determines the availability of space for articles. If you would like to submit stories or photography for consideration in UnderWater, please contact Sean Garrity at sgarrity@naylor.comor (800) 369-6220, ext. 3442.

Writing Guidelines:
Articles should be between 500 and 3,000 words. Longer pieces will be considered, depending on available space.

Articles should be formatted in Microsoft Word, and sent via email to sgarrity@naylor.com.

Photography Guidelines:
Hard Copy Prints
For hard copy prints, please write any identifying and/or caption information on sticky notes and attach the notes to the backs of the photos. We ask that you not write directly on the backs of the photos or use tape to attach paper to the photos, as these practices may compromise our ability to make high-quality reproductions.

Electronic or Digital Images:
Electronic illustrations (digital images) must be a minimum resolution of 300 dpi at the actual image size. Scanned images of less than 300 dpi do not have enough detail to print well. We likely will not be able to use electronic images scanned at less than 300 dpi.

Electronic images may be submitted in any of the common image formats: .tiff, .eps, .jpg, .gif, etc. We cannot accept files in Powerpoint (.ppt), Word Clipart (.clp) and MicrosoftPublisher (.pub).

 
Denso North America Inc.
INTERNATIONAL NEWS
The world’s last underwater research laboratory could be shut down for good, lacking a few million dollars in federal funding. The Aquarius Reef Base — part of the National Undersea Research Program, a deep-water study program run by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Agency (NOAA) for the past 20 years — has provided a unique and invaluable environment for everything from marine biology research to the testing of new technologies. Recently, the base even hosted astronauts simulating an asteroid mission, the lab’s 16th collaboration with NASA.
 
Incorporating eventual decommissioning in the early stages of platform design has become more important for clients, but new innovations have yet to be embraced by the mainstream. Decom professionals in both the Gulf of Mexico and North Sea say they are seeing costs rise and safety precautions needed when working on older offshore platforms and structures, where ease-of-decommissioning wasn't prioritized during their design years ago.
 
A $2.2 million expedition that hoped to find wreckage from famed aviator Amelia Earhart's final flight is on its way back to Hawaii without the dramatic, conclusive plane images searchers were hoping to attain. But the group leading the search, The International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery, still believes Earhart and her navigator crashed onto a reef off a remote island in the Pacific Ocean 75 years ago this month, its president told The Associated Press on Monday.
 
The federal government is looking to finish a survey of an underwater shipwreck littered with tonnes of munitions just outside of Halifax. Defence Construction Canada, a Crown corporation that serves the Defence Department, has issued a tender for a contractor to complete the survey in an area south of the city that's popular with recreational divers.
 
The Office of Naval Research (ONR) in conjunction with the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) sponsored the 15th annual RoboSub competition hosted at the Navy's Space and Naval Warfare Systems (SPAWAR) Transducer Evaluation Center in San Diego, July 17-22.
 
Eversafe engineers were called to the site urgently. After checking vessel bottom, Eversafe engineers presented the salvage plan: using fours pieces marine bags to lift vessel up from bank , then vessel can move into water with rolling airbags by its gravity force. This plan was the most convenient and economical method to relaunch the vessel at that time.
 
The curious 5-year-old from Santa Cruz knows an octopus has eight arms and that there are pink jellyfish. But Monday, she got to study other sea life up close inside the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary Exploration Center, where she was among the first visitors after a grand opening ceremony. The 12,400-square-foot center at 35 Pacific Ave. — across from the Municipal Wharf and down the street from the Beach Boardwalk — features 7,000 square feet of exhibits about biodiversity, geology and preservation of the nation's largest marine sanctuary.
 
Shark Marine Technologies Inc.
INDUSTRY NEWS
The Diving Medical Advisory Committee has published a revision to ‘Medical Equipment to be held at the Site of an Offshore Diving Operation’ (DMAC 15 Rev. 3). This supersedes all previous issues which have now been withdrawn. The list covers equipment suitable for the treatment of diving related disorders on the surface or in a decompression chamber, and for other potential problems (e.g. trauma) which may occur during diving operations.
 
The vessel is specially designed and equipped to suit the Norwegian installation market. This advanced subsea construction vessel has a length of 142 meters and width of 27 meters, and is equipped with a 400-ton crane and a 2,000-ton carousel for storage of flexible pipe below deck. The vessel will be built at Bergen Group BMV AS in Bergen, Norway, and delivered in 2014.
 
RESOLVE Engineering Group, LLC has announced the launch of two of the Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering firm’s latest design and construction support jobs. The American Phoenix, a 616’ x 105’ chemical tanker was built by BAE Systems Southeast Shipyards, Alabama for owner Mid-Ocean Tanker Company LLC of South Norwalk, CT. RESOLVE provided construction support for the owner during final outfitting and completion of the American Phoenix 49,000 DWT Tanker which is the largest vessel ever built in Alabama.
 
Phoenix International Holdings, Inc. (Phoenix) recently completed a multi-year effort to improve the hull integrity of the museum ship USS Midway (Midway) in San Diego, CA. The project involved divers wet welding steel patches over hull openings to limit the amount of water intrusion into the ship’s hull. When compared to the impact and cost of dry-docking Midway, the Phoenix method of performing work underwater allowed museum operations to continue uninterrupted while avoiding the tremendous expense and disruption of placing Midway in dry-dock.
 
Norwegian survey and positioning specialists, iSURVEY Group AS, has chosen to invest in a SPRINT (Subsea Precision Reference Inertial Navigation Technology) system from Sonardyne International to support its ROV surveys and deep water marine construction activities. The purchase follows trials of the system in the North Sea during which SPRINT was subjected to a detailed technical appraisal and was shown to deliver immediate cost savings and major operational benefits.
 
DIVE COMMERCIAL INTERNATIONAL, INC.
REGULATORY NEWS
The BLM welcomes further discussion about the Federal helium program and the BLM's role in meeting future helium needs for the country, especially for Federal agencies that depend on helium for scientific research, aerospace projects, and defense purposes. Since its formal discovery almost 120 years ago, helium has proven to be an increasingly important natural resource. The expansion of helium-related technology and declining domestic reserves means the importance of helium as a strategic resource is likely to increase. The BLM continues to serve the country by effectively managing the Federal Helium Reserve, and working with natural gas producers to efficiently extract helium from natural gas.
 
NEW PRODUCTS AND TECHNOLOGY
The HTU joins an array of specialist equipment that forms the recently opened Diving and Hyperbaric Test Centre based in Haslar, Portsmouth UK. The HTU is a versatile, two compartment chamber that can be used for the testing and evaluation of undersea and hyperbaric systems. It will specifically enable the assessment of submarine escape and diving systems and components.
 
Aquabotix, a marine technology company bringing the accessibility of consumer electronics products to the complex world of underwater video, today announced the availability of the Aquabotix HydroView, an affordable and easy-to-use remote-operated underwater vehicle that instantly beams a high definition video back to the surface.
 
Hoffer Flow Controls is a manufacturer of custom subsea turbine flowmeters for a variety of subsea applications, including flow-monitoring on BOPs, ROVs, hydrate remediation skids, tooling skids and more. We provide customised flow solutions for the most demanding subsea flow environments.
 
Magnalight has announced the release of the DCP-11-DP-SW waterproof power supply designed to convert standard 120/240 VAC power to 11 amp 12 Volt DC output for powering lights and equipment requiring 12 volt direct current. Waterproof and fitted with an inline switch, this power supply not only provides reliable DC output, but allows operators to control the on/off operation of equipment as well. Small in size and mounted to an aluminum bracket that can be hung or permanently mounted, this power supply and switch combo is ideal for powering Magnalight lights and other 12 volt equipment.
 
Offshore drilling platforms and ocean vessels require specialised weather-proof telephones, emergency notification systems and intercoms that can withstand the elements of both seawater and freezing temperatures. Harsh marine conditions make it even more important that emergency evacuation and notification products are built to provide safety and security to personnel when needed.
 
LinkQuest Inc.