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Subsea firm Rovop is aiming to expand its fleet of remotely operated vehicles (ROVs) after securing a £10 million cash injection. The investment, from the Business Growth Fund (BGF), was unveiled today as business minister Fergus Ewing officially opened the firm’s new £4.2m headquarters in Aberdeen.
Bluefin Robotics has delivered new vehicles to the US Navy to enhance its ability to remotely search and investigate ship hulls. The ship hull inspection systems can be used to search harbour sea floors and other underwater infrastructure for limpet mines, improvised explosive devices (IEDs) and other objects of interest.
Crowley Maritime Corp. and Svitzer have agreed to merge their salvage divisions to create a new company named "Ardent." The company will be equally owned by Crowley and Svitzer, and will commence operations on May 1, 2015.
Russia and Argentina signed documents deepening energy cooperation on Thursday, underlining Moscow’s drive to develop ties with South America since coming under Western sanctions over the Ukraine crisis. At a ceremony in the Kremlin, Russian President Vladimir Putin and Argentine President Cristina Fernandez hailed the agreements as opening a new stage in relations as well as boosting cooperation on gas and nuclear energy in Argentina.
A UK supplier has completed one of the largest seabed investigation campaigns in the history of the offshore wind industry in preparation for DONG Energy’s 1.2 gigawatt Hornsea Project One, DONG Energy reported. Located 120km off the Yorkshire coast, the project is scheduled to go into operation by 2020 when it will be able to meet the electricity needs of around 800,000 UK homes.
When people think of the oil industry, they think of big money! Oil is a product that brings in huge amounts of money, and the oil companies pay their employees well. Oil jobs for commercial divers are demanding – no question about that – but the reward is great.
Dryden Diving Company, Inc.
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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.
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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.
Dive Commercial International, Inc.
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. 



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LinkQuest Inc.
An expedition will begin today to survey the historic World War II shipwrecks of HMAS Sydney II and her nemesis HSK Kormoran using the latest high-resolution imaging technology. Culture and the Arts Minister John Day said it was an important expedition to one of the most inaccessible, yet significant heritage locations in Australia.
An 11m-long sperm whale's unexpected encounter with an exploration team in the Gulf of Mexico has become a YouTube hit with nearly 1.5million views so far. The crew of the Exploration Vessel (E/V) Nautilus were on a routine trip measuring natural methane and hydrocarbon plumes in the Gulf of Mexico on 14 April when the giant approached them. Footage shows the mammal swimming around the crew's remotely operated vehicle (ROV), Hercules, coming up close to the equipment and circling the machinery several times, while the crew and pilot excitedly discuss the encounter.
The USS Independence aircraft carrier, which operated during World War II, has been located about a half mile underwater off California's Farallon Islands. Using an autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) dubbed the Echo Ranger and a 3D-imaging sonar system, researchers have created a detailed picture of the 622-foot-long ship, revealing that it is "amazingly intact," said scientists with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). The 3D images also showed what appears to be a plane in the carrier's hangar, the researchers noted.
Santa RosaChristian School placed first in an aquatic battle for the ages as 12 middle school and high school teams competed for the best ROV’s (Remotely Operated Vehicles) in Mobile, Alabama this past weekend (April 17-19).
The bridge linking the U.S. and Canada in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula is getting an underwater inspection. The Michigan Department of Transportation says the work scheduled for April 27-29 involves inspecting the International Bridge’s piers below the water line in the St. Marys River. The $51,000 inspection will use digital recording devices to examine and record the condition of the piers in areas not visible above the water line.
Subsalve USA
David Attard (International Maritime Law Institute), Malgosia Fitzmaurice (Queen Mary, Univ. of London - Law), & Norman A. Martinez Gutierrez (International Maritime Law Institute) have published The IMLI Manual on International Maritime Law. Volume I: The Law of the Sea (Oxford Univ. Press 2014).
Cable and hose carriers may be installed as a component on new or existing equipment, but it is often possible to simplify and expedite their installation with a complete turn-key assembly from the manufacturer. Such an assembly may incorporate other system components that include the hoses or cables, fittings, manifolds and special brackets, which add value by simplifying installation and minimizing errors.
Novacavi has recently engineered and supplied a special marine seismic data acquisition cable for INGV, the Italian National Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology. It is a custom designed and built cable to suit the needs of early detection and in real-time acquiring data of the Institute’s marine geophysical seismic monitoring equipment, the company wrote.\



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