Author Archives: Rachel Brown

The ADCI Hall of Fame Inducts: Bruce Banks

ADCI Commercial Diving Hall Of Fame Bruce Banks is an industry icon who left us February 7, 2022. He formerly served as Chairman of the Jamestown Marine Services Group, comprising Divers Institute of Technology, Seattle, Washington; Jamestown Marine Services, Inc., Groton, Connecticut; and Jamestown Marine Offshore, Jamestown, Rhode Island. In his previous naval career as a Diving and Salvage Officer, ...

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The ADCI Hall of Fame Inducts: Les Gorski

ADCI Commercial Diving Hall Of Fame Les Gorski, a true legend of commercial diving (who left us June 2, 2021), was a remarkable man who had a gift for designing and fabricating diving apparatus. His design of the Gorski diving helmet employed many innovative design features such as interior plumbing, filtered inlet air and the stainless-steel shell. Together these features ...

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Decarbonization of Vessels

H2 Green unveils transformational Clean Energy Hub plan for Shoreham Port     Luke Johnson of H2 Green and Tom Willis of Shoreham Port H2 Green, a Getech business, has signed a deal with Shoreham Port to develop a renewable energy hub that will remove emissions from its fleet of trucks and HGVs and be a catalyst for the wider ...

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The Perils of Saturation Diving

One of the most dangerous jobs in the oil and gas industry.     BY RAY SINCLAIR STAN DE HAAS PHOTOGRAPHY/SHUTTERSTOCK.COM That day in the summer of 1984, I was standing 140 meters on the seafloor of the North Sea. Floating above me and stationed alongside an oil rig is the Dive Support Vessel (DSV) Stadive. Mike Lambert was dive ...

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Careers Above the Surface

Once you leave the water, there’s no reason to leave the industry.     KUCHERAV/SHUTTERSTOCK.COM ADCI Executive Phil Newsum answers questions about commercial diving career aspirations. Typically, how long is the career of a commercial diver? Today, people (divers) tend to take better care of themselves, so it is not unusual to see divers as old as 55-60 years of ...

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The ADCI Hall of Fame Inducts: Richard Walter Radecki

Richard Walter Radecki, 61, of Pensacola, FL, passed away July 23, 2005. He was affectionately known as “Ragman” to every friend and acquaintance. He met no stranger and was loved by everyone. He proudly and passionately served his country as a career US Navy Diver ascending to the rank of Master Chief. To simply say he earned the exalted designation ...

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A Message From The Executive Director

PHIL NEWSUM When an ADCI contractor or school experiences a fatality, where operational or equipment deficiencies cannot be ruled out as a root cause, the Association will initiate its membership review process. I hope you enjoy this edition of Underwater. Since my last message, several developments have taken place. Probably the most notable were the two student fatalities that occurred ...

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Part 2 Underwater Cutting Explosions Oxygen’s Role

Examining the risk of explosion given specific conditions.     BY FRANCIS HERMANS WITH THE COLLABORATION AND TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE OF THE OCTO DIVING COMPANY In the first article of this series, we have seen how and how much H2 is produced during underwater cutting. But is this gas by itself susceptible to explode? The answer is no. How, then, does ...

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An Inventor at Heart

At age 80, Phil Nuytten isn’t done developing innovative underwater equipment.   BY NICK FORTUNA If you count the time spent skin diving and spearfishing at age 12, then Phil Nuytten has been around diving for almost 70 years, but his passion for underwater exploration hasn’t waned a bit with the passage of time. Nuytten, 80, is president of North ...

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Underwater Cutting Explosions

How much hydrogen is produced in underwater cutting.   How much hydrogen is produced in underwater cutting. BY FRANCIS HERMANS WITH THE COLLABORATION AND TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE OF THE OCTO DIVING COMPANY IMAGES COURTESY OF FRANCIS HERMANS RDVECTOR/SHUTTERSTOCK.COM We have all learned in our manuals that hydrogen can be produced by two ways when cutting under water – by electrolysis and ...

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