Offshore

The Internet – From Underwater to Outer Space

The Starlink project could make fiber optic cables obsolete.     BY GARY JONES ALEKSANDRMORRISOVICH/SHUTTERSTOCK.COM Commercial divers encounter a myriad of jobs, each more interesting than the next. All those jobs require the use of an optical fiber cable. Some divers have had the experience of working on a vessel laying fiber optics. Most others use them for diver video ...

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Updates from the ADCI-OSHA Delta P Task Force

BY PHIL NEWSUM JOSEPH SOHM/SHUTTERSTOCK.COM Stemming the Tide of Power-Generating Fatalities in the U.S. was one of the feature articles in the last edition of Underwater. The article outlined the mission of the Task Force, which is to: Educate clients/end-users on who should perform underwater work on their facilities; Propose operational recommendations on best industry practices for performing underwater inspections, ...

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Underwater Vintage

Myers Marine Division LLC commemorates divers of the past with a dive in Santa Catalina Island utilizing WW2 era dive gear.     BY JOSHUA MYERS CREDIT: BRETT STANLEY As professional divers, most of us can look back and remember seeing or experiencing something early on in our lives that initially struck curiosity and wonder inside of us. Whether it ...

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Piracy and Shipyard News: COVID-19 on the Water

BY GARY JONES ISTOCK.COM/THITIVONG COVID-19 has affected the world in many ways. Health and wealth have been at the forefront of the news and have been the subject of politics internationally. As the global economy works its way through the mutating of SARS-CoV-2, (now the most infectious variant in the form of Delta) we will look at how it has affected ...

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Efficiency on a Budget

New collaboration brings together high-speed ROV capability and reduced costs created in response to COVID-19 operational requirements       BY SANDY SMITH When COVID-19 hit, moving personnel and equipment was no easy task. But the important things continued. There were sites to inspect, repairs to conduct and maintenance jobs to perform. These challenging circumstances led to an initial relationship between ...

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The Royal Treatment

    BY SANDY SMITH L3Harris Iver3 AUV being loaded onto RN VesselWILL HAIGH The United Kingdom’s Royal Navy is putting a new and significant priority on keeping the world’s waterways safe. When it came time to ensure its sailors were safe, they turned to L3Harris. The Fall River, Mass., company was asked to upgrade three Iver3 Autonomous Underwater Vehicles with ...

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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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