Author Archives: Rachel Brown

The Last Word

Justin Scherf Underwater Services Director, J.F. Brennan Company, Inc. UNDERWATER Magazine had the opportunity to speak with Justin Scherf of J.F. Brennan Company, Inc. What are your responsibilities at your current job? What about your background? As the Underwater Services Director for J.F. Brennan Company, I am directly involved with a day-to-day operations of an ever-growing commercial diving program. I ...

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The ADCI Commercial Diving Hall of Fame Inducts Mike Brown

The ADCI recognizes and honors individuals whose efforts and accomplishments have significantly contributed to commercial diving through a lifetime dedication to service within the industry. The Association of Diving Contractors International has posthumously inducted Mike Brown into the Commercial Diving Hall of Fame. Mike has left a legacy of passion and diligence in every role he has played – both ...

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Wire Up: Part 2 of a Two-part Series

BY OCEAN EYE, INC.’S CHRIS GABEL If you missed part 1, where we covered troubleshooting two-wire confirmation, please visit www.underwatermagazine.com/2021/04/wire-up-part-1/ A Marsh Marine/4 wire system is a completely different animal from two-wire. The first thing to note is that the Marsh Marine plug should be mated to the communication line with an underwater splice. That’s great because theoretically, you don’t have wires ...

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COVID-19 Aboard

Mitigating the spread of COVID-19 on vessels BY RACHEL BROWN Maha Heang 245789/Shutterstock.com Over the past year, most everyone on the planet has spoken or heard mention of the word “COVID-19” daily. However, many conversations about COVID-19 end in questions instead of clear-cut answers. As the medical community continues to learn more about the causes and effects of the virus, we ...

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Shipyards 101

This article is the first in a series commissioned by ADCI regarding shipyards and repair and maintenance BY GARY JONES Roman KutseKon/Shutterstock.com Shipyard practices have been under scrutiny for several years for numerous reasons and navigating these changes can sometimes be tricky. The reason for this is because eventually most vessels will end their life being dismantled and stripped of their ...

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Divers Needed

With construction of offshore windfarms about to surge, U.S. diving contractors are in demand BY NICK FORTUNA Yobidaba/Shutterstock.com The old maxim that elections have consequences is undeniably true, and for advocates of renewable energy such as offshore windfarms, the 2020 election easily ranks among the most important in U.S. history. Regardless of their politics, diving contractors might soon agree, given that ...

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Working Together

ADCI and IMCA published the USCG Policy Letter, “Commercial Diving Operations – Equivalent Levels of Safety” last October, which applies to all USCG regulated vessels operating anywhere in the world. BY PHIL NEWSUM History and Background For those contractors operating in the Gulf of Mexico’s Outer Continental Shelf (OCS), it has been a long haul to get legislative change to USCG ...

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Wire Up: Part 1

BY OCEAN EYE, INC.’S CHRIS GABEL So, you’re ready to get in the water for that project that’s been months in the making. Everything is in place and you and your dive crew are ready to get the job done. You do a last communications check to make sure everything worked like it did in the dive locker. Then you get that ...

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Golden Ray Shipwreck: How Many More Golden Days?

BY GARY JONES Capsized cargo ship, the Golden Ray, where it overturned in St. Simons Sound. Credit: VICTORIA 1988/Shutterstock.com It has been a year and a half since the giant 656-ft. Golden Ray ship capsized in St. Simon Sound off the coast of the Port of Brunswick, Ga. The question inquiring minds want answered is, when will this salvage project ...

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Hyperbaric Transport

New Orleans could host the first hyperbaric ambulance concept BY KEITH VAN METER, MD., LSUHSC EMERGENCY MEDICINE SECTION HEAD, NEW ORLEANS The concept of a hyperbaric ambulance (an ambulance that could operate conventionally in transport of patient at one atmosphere to earn its keep in a fleet of regular EMS ambulances but that could switch and select in instances to hyperbaric ...

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