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Fisk Marine Insurance International, LLC
Doug Whyte, managing director of Hydro Group, was announced as Director of the Year in the large businesses category and Regional Director of the Year for Aberdeen and Grampian, at last night's IoD Director of the Year awards.
Owen Boyle spent 40 years diving the dangerous waters of Cook Inlet, submerging himself in the treacherous tides and blinded by the dark waters, to work as a commercial diver. This first dive began a career that has been nationally recognized by the Association of Diving Contractors International (ADCI), which inducted Boyle into the Commercial Diving Hall of Fame this February. The full scope of Boyle’s career is also detailed in his memoir "Diving Blind into Danger."
Tasked by the Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) Office of the Director of Ocean Engineering, Supervisor of Salvage and Diving (SUPSALV) to design and build a remotely operated underwater vehicle (ROV) to conduct salvage operations to water depths of 2,000 feet of seawater (fsw), Phoenix International Holdings, Inc. took the vehicle, originally named Hydros, from a "blank piece of paper" to a completed ROV ready for at-sea testing within the span of 10 months.
At the bottom of the Sea of Okhotsk, the U.S. nuclear submarine Halibut silently listens to the secret conversations of the Soviet Union. With the Kremlin completely unaware, Navy divers emerge from a hidden compartment (referred to as the "Bat Cave") and walk along the bottom of the sea in complete darkness, wiretapping the Soviet's underwater communications line.
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Highlights from Underwater Intervention 2017, at the Morial Convention Center in New Orleans, February 21-23.
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The March/April issue of Underwater Magazine is online now. This issue features stories on industry topics ranging from the The Development of Hyperbaric Pipeline Welding, the ADCI Audit Initiative, Underwater 2017 and an update from the Gulf of Mexico Diving Safety Work Group (DSWG). All of this and much more in the latest issue of Underwater Magazine.
At Underwater Intervention, elections saw General Members, Crofton Diving and EPIC Divers and Marine retain their seats on the ADCI Board of Directors, and Broco has assumed the Associate Member seat previously held by Divers Supply Inc. I want to thank Robbie Mistretta (Divers Supply Inc.) for all of his hard work while serving as the Association's Treasurer for the past 10 years. Robbie also does extensive work to provide the Association with insights into equipment maintenance, inspection, and testing. This is especially valuable when we look to make revisions to the International Consensus Standards for Commercial Diving and Underwater Operations. As for the Officers of the Board for 2017, Bryan Nicholls (U.S. Underwater Services, LLC) has been elected President, Jay Crofton (Crofton Diving Corporation) is 1st Vice President, Bo Ristic (Chet Morrison Contractors, LLC) is 2nd Vice President, and Bruce Trader (MADCON Corporation) will serve as Treasurer. Claudio Castro (Chilean Chapter Chairman, STS Chile) will serve as the International Executive Board Representative, and Craig Fortenbery (Mainstream Commercial Divers, Inc.) will serve on the Executive Board as Past President.
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.
Dive Commercial International, Inc.
The Divers Alert Network will conduct its second Spanish-language Academy of Dive Medicine program with a course in Chile next month. The event will be held from April 20th to 22nd, 2017, at the Naval Hospital "Almirante Nef" in Viña del Mar, Valparaíso, Chile.
Deep below the surface of Lake Michigan, dozens of known shipwrecks stay intact because of isolated locations, frigid water and a lack of salt to erode what has sunk. "We have masts still standing on a schooner, almost like a prop for a movie," said Russ Green, regional coordinator for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
James Fisher Marine Services (JFMS) has acquired a Cornwall-based specialist survey company Insight Marine Projects. The acquisition will see the addition of hydrographic/geophysical survey and construction support to JFMS’s existing offering to the renewables, oil and gas and civil engineering markets.
LinkQuest Inc.
Marine scientists are discovering that the Leopard electric underwater robotic vehicle from Saab Seaeye is particularly suited for complex and varied research projects. These projects range from cold-water coral studies to environmental monitoring, biodiversity research and tsunami warning systems.
Gladius is a 4K Ultra HD underwater drone which is equipped with a camera capable of capturing 1080p 1080P/4K video and 16-megapixel photos up to a depth of 100 m. Specifically built for underwater filming observing and exploring the Gladius underwater drone comes complete with its own smartphone application which is supported by both iOS and Android platforms, enabling users to control the drone directly from their smartphone.



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