The Norwegian Ministry of Petroleum and Energy has approved the final development and operation plan for the first phase of Statoil’s Johan Sverdrup field project offshore Norway.
The agency also approved associated plans for installation and operation (PIO) for transportation pipelines and power supply from shore.
Ross Anderson graduated from the Premium ROV Course in 2014 and now works for Aleron Subsea in Aberdeen. Here we look at how his training at The Underwater Centre prepared him for his exciting new subsea career and what it took to get that all-important first job in the ROV industry...
Before starting his ROV career, Ross ran his own successful bike shop business and was a racing bike mechanic so came to the industry with a great deal of technical aptitude and a can-do attitude.
When Ross started looking around for a new career challenge, he stumbled across ROV pilot training and knew this could be the ideal career for him – combining challenging, varied work with travel prospects, flexible work patterns and a good salary.
Whether finally seduced by the relief a merger can usher in or surrendering to the security of making a joint venture permanent, the more distressed companies in the oil patch are de-stressing themselves by succumbing to the safety that mergers and acquisitions (M&A) offer.
As companies have readjusted to a world where $60 oil can quickly become $40 oil, businesses – particularly the hard-hit, physically challenging services sector – have been watching their dollars dwindle from each bottom line. The biggest companies have seemed safe enough, but there’s been plenty of angst to go around.
Italy’s Saipem has been awarded by the Kuwait National Petroleum Corporation (KNPC) for Package 4 and Package 5 of the Al-Zour New Refinery Project (NRP), located 90 km south of Kuwait City, for a total amount of approximately $1.3 billion, Saipem share.
Eni has made a world class supergiant gas discovery at its Zohr Prospect, in the deep waters of Egypt. The discovery well Zohr 1X NFW is located in the economic waters of Egypt’s Offshore Mediterranean, in 4,757 feet of water depth (1,450 metres), in theShorouk Block, signed in January 2014 with the Egyptian Ministry of Petroleum and the Egyptian Natural Gas Holding Company (EGAS) following a competitive international Bid Round.
Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) is working closely with the Naval Undersea Warfare Center (NUWC) – Division Newport to enhance the features of the company's AN/AQS-20A minehunting sonar. Together, the team is analyzing the system's synthetic aperture sonar to fully optimize its ability to capture and process high- and low-resolution images of mine threats undersea.
|Underwater Intervention 2016
Call for Papers
We are seeking papers covering the following technical program tracks:
- Commercial Diving
- ASV Technology
- Subsea Survey
- Import/Export Compliance or How to Avoid Federal Prison
- Deepwater Field Development
- Advanced Underwater Engineering
- Work Class ROVs
- Observation Class ROVs
- Manned Submersibles
- AUV Technology
- Instruments and Sensors
- Marine Education/Academia
- Ocean Research and Marine Archaeology Technology (ORMAT)
- Technical Poster Presentations
Abstract Submittal Deadline Overview:
To submit an abstract, please click here.
- October 20, 2015 - Final Abstract submitted ONLINE
- January 12, 2016 - FINAL Paper sent to Track Leader for Online Proceedings
- February 23-25, 2016 - Conference Participation
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The following criteria will be observed by the Underwater Intervention Technical Program Committee in the selection of papers:
- The paper should be of interest for underwater operations applications.
- The paper should emphasize innovative technologies including an analysis of research.
- The paper should address case studies and/or technical interest for indicated topics.
For more information, please visit the Underwater Intervention website.
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
(281) 893-8388 or
Deadline for submittal of nominations:
OCTOBER 30, 2015
Please click here to download the nominations form.
Return completed forms to
or mail to
ADCI, 5206 FM 1960 W.,
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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
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.
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.
- 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.
- If successful, applicants must notify the Committee as to which institution they will attend, prior to the award distribution.
- 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.
- Agree to allow the committee to contact their current school to verify grade point average if applying for a scholarship on grade point merit.
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.
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.
This year the ADCI will award 2 Scholarships at $4,000.00 each.
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.
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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.
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.
This fall, a small fleet of robots were sent an urgent message: "Run away!"
The sea gliders deployed by the Office of Naval Research raced south, outrunning the freezing ocean.
Working both in concert and isolation, these and many other autonomous underwater vehicles (AUV) and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) are used to explore the changing environment of the Arctic. The Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International brought ocean engineer Hanumant Singh and Office of Naval Research Arctic Program Officer and Science Advisor Martin Jeffries together to talk about how robots are used to study the ice.
Fifty years ago, some historic stuff was happening off the coast of Southern California during a sea-floor mission that was like a corollary to the moon landing, with its own brand of small steps for man and giant leaps for mankind.
The steps, and the leaps, were taken by divers who lived for days at a time in a cylindrical shelter called SEALAB II, a 200-ton prototype that was about the size of a city bus and looked something like a customized railway tank car. At the end of August 1965, this underwater version of a space station was set up on the seabed about a mile offshore from La Jolla, near San Diego, California.
New York Sea Grant, the Great New York State Fair, and the Great Lakes Research Consortium are pleased to announce the schedule of in-water ROV Demo Days presented by four area school districts and SUNY Oswego at the 2015 Great New York State Fair.
While the world goes crazy for drones, a hardworking set of marine robots are helping scientists learn more about our global waterways.
Aquabots are the most advanced way to measure the reaches of the ocean, rivers and lakes, Matthew Dunbabin, a principal research fellow at the Institute for Future Environments at the Queensland University of Technology, told Mashable Australia.
The first man to notice New York City’s $1.6 billion problem was a utility worker. Standing near the Hudson River in 1988, he saw it was at low tide, which revealed a separate body of water bubbling up near the shore and spilling into the main current.
That didn’t seem right at all. The worker notified the city’s Department of Environmental Protection (DEP). Back then, New York was using copper sulfate to control algae in the Delaware Aqueduct supply, one of the city’s three main arteries for water. At 85 miles long, it’s also the longest continuous tunnel in the world.
TLex DEEP BLUE have released a new Military dive watch called the Sun Diver, 1000 meter water-resistant watch with a stealthy black PVD case. Features of the Sun Diver Mil. include: an AISI 316L Stainless steel case measuring 46mm with a thickness of 14mm and an overall length of 52.5mm. Its weight is 220g.
Deep Trekker introduced a new Underwater Drone To Help Fish Farming and Aquaculture specialists. Highly affordable, easy to transport, and simple to operate, the flexible new aquatic drone can assist with a wide range of aquaculture needs, from net inspection and feeding to routine monitoring and the removal of expired stock. Available immediately to customers worldwide, the new Deep Trekker product will help fish farms and aquaculture operations cut costs and improve operational efficiency and yields.