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The ADCI is saddened to report the passing of Sylvester (Willy) Wilson and Walter (Whitey) Stephens. Willy was a longtime DIT instructor and icon in the industry. Whitey was a 2007 inductee to the ADCI Commercial Hall of Fame. The ADCI extends its condolences and deepest sympathies to the friends and family of both men. They will be greatly missed.
KBA Training Centre (KBAT) has now re-located their commercial diver training centre to TOLL Offshore Supply Base in Loyang from SAF Yacht Club Changi, originally the centre was officially opened by Mr. Wong Weng Sun, President & CEO of Sembcorp Marine Ltd, in February 2015. The move was essential as the government has claimed back to develop the Changi land area, nevertheless the new location at this Loyang base jetty will prove to be a better training venue as it is in the marine/offshore working environment.
Technology in the diving realm involves the equipment used directly by the diver as well as that on board the vessel, which provides support in the water and after recovery.
Heath Hescock has been appointed Robotics Engineer at Greensea, creator of the universal marine industry operating platform OPENSEA. Hescock will lead the hardware integration process at Greensea and is primarily responsible for providing Greensea's production staff with software support.
SapuraKencana’s wholly-owned subsidiaries have been awarded contracts with a combined value of approximately USD 300 million.
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A surprising amount of commercial divers come into the field with PTSD. For everyone’s safety, we must be aware of the potential risks.
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The Great Lakes Water Studies Institute is hosting an ADCI Certified ROV Pilot Technician Professional Training Program March 6 - May 6, 2017. The cost of the program is $10,600, which includes all tuition, books and fees. The program is limited to 10 participants and local housing options are available. For more information about the program entrance requirements or to register for the program, click the learn more link below.
Registration for Underwater Intervention 2017 is open now! This is the premier event for the commercial diving and underwater ROV Industry. Taking place at the Morial Convention Center in New Orleans, Louisiana, from February 21-23, UI17 brings together the entire industry for three days of industry education, networking and evaluation of the latest and greatest products and services. This year, Underwater Intervention has developed a new format with compelling education. The preliminary schedule of events is posted on the Underwater Intervention website at The Exhibt Hall will feature new attractions including the Supplier Solutions Track, The Think Tank and the UI Cafe. For more information about UI17 or to register, click the link below
The November/December issue of Underwater Magazine is online now. This issue features stories on industry topics ranging from Contaminated Water Diving, the CalPIA Marine Technology Training Center and a Slice of Diving History from the United States Navy. All of this and much more in the November/December issue of Underwater Magazine.
Dive Commercial International, Inc.
Dorota Bankowska, a professional diver, married teacher James Abbott in her home town of Plock in Poland last month but wanted to do something in Scotland where they both live and work. Mrs Abbott had trained at The Underwater Centre on the shores of Loch Linnhe in 2007 and approached its staff about hosting the special occasion. The tank is normally used for training divers and testing new equipment, such as remotely operated vehicles (ROVs). Pictures supplied by The Underwater Centre.
With a growing emphasis on remote, or "diverless" operations — using remotely operated vehicles (ROVs), remotely operated tools, autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs) and the like — it might seem that the need for putting men in the water would come to an end. Far from it. With two of the main subsea contractors each bringing new "state-of-the-art" diving support vessels into the North Sea this year, however, and new safety-orientated technology about to come into the market, the diving industry is not about to disappear. To paraphrase Mark Twain, rumours of its demise have been greatly exaggerated. Such rumours, though, are hardly new.
JFD, part of James Fisher and Sons plc, has expanded into the Chinese market through the signing of a joint venture with Wuhu Diving Equipment Factory.
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JW Fishers Mfg. said it will introduce a new underwater metal detector for 2017: the SAR-1 Search and Recovery metal detector. Developed as a result of extensive product testing and customer feedback, the new detector was specially designed for use by public safety dive teams, law enforcement agencies and military units that need to locate metal objects in poor visibility underwater environments.
EPA enforcement is becoming a more prevalent issue for vessels importing into the U.S. This has been in the regulations for a while but has rarely been enforced. Before a few weeks ago we had only been asked two or three times in 15 years for the EPA conformity of the engines in a boat. Within the last month U.S. Customs and Border Protection has started requesting this on a regular basis and in Miami, Customs is requiring the WPA 3520-21 Engine declaration form be submitted at the time the importation is filed or they will not accept the entry.



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