A Message From The Executive Director

By Phil Newsum

This edition of Underwater Magazine features a recap of U.I. 2019. By the numbers, U.I. 2019 surpassed both 2017 and 2018 in attendance and in its offerings to attendees. It is good to see that the show is trending upward. The team at Naylor Event Solutions (John Gallagher, Dave Petrillo, Katie Prezzi, Erin Kelly, and Jasmin Robinson) demonstrated and reinforced why we chose them to manage our show. Unless you work closely with the planning and implementation of a trade show, you have no idea of all the hard work that goes into it. My hat goes off to the team. I also want to thank Mr. Bob Christ, the U.I. Track Chairman. Bob’s dedication and hard work in this role, injected new life into the show’s program, making it one of the best technical programs since my time with the Association. With Bob at the helm, we can fully expect 2020’s technical program to be even more robust than that of this year’s.

Several things can be expected to kick off during the first and second quarters of 2019. There will be a change to the ADCI format for the performance of dive audits. For contractors and schools, audits will be conducted by initially holding the administrative portion within a 60-day time period before the facility and dive portion are conducted. If the administrative portion isn’t completed within the 60-day time period, the audit will time out and the initial audit deposit will be forfeited. This was instituted to ensure that the audited party approaches the process with the type of urgency it deserves.

The ADCI will also hold a signing ceremony with IMCA to formalize a Memorandum of Understanding, underscoring the two Association’s collaboration on such items as safety, certification, auditing, and regulatory change. The signing ceremony will take place in May, at OTC 2019. For those of us who have been in the industry for more than a few years, this is a big step towards bridging historical gaps from both a proprietary, regional, and philosophical standpoint. In short, both Associations understand that the issue of safety is not proprietary. I applaud the ADCI Board of Directors and the leadership of IMCA for viewing this issue through nothing short of a clear lens.

The ADCI Audit Initiative is still underway and the clock is ticking towards the 1 March 2020 deadline. I want to recognize the members of the Latin America and Caribbean Chapter for working together to coordinate dates to help lower the cost of the audit for each respective contractor. The chapter is well on track with having all members submitting to the audit before the deadline.

In summary, 2019 is going to be a very big year for the Association, with the above items mentioned only being a portion of the accomplishments and action items on track for quarters one through four. The ADCI International Consensus Standards for Commercial Diving and Underwater Operations (6.3) will be released this spring, and the new ship husbandry guidelines should follow shortly after that. Already the draft of the new ship husbandry guidelines has been circulated globally and the final date for comment submittal is 1 June 2019. It is likely that the guidelines will be referenced in the new IOGP Recommended Practices (RP) 411.

More to Come.

I want to recognize the members of the Latin America and Caribbean Chapter for working together to coordinate dates to help lower the cost of the audit for each respective contractor. The chapter is well on track with having all members submitting to the audit before the deadline.