Offshore

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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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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An Education in Contamination

Best practices for managing contaminated-water diving operations BY NICK FORTUNA All images courtesy of Jim Elliott, Teichman Group The tank barge Argo had rested at the bottom of Lake Erie for more than three-quarters of a century, making nary a peep, until its cargo, long known to be dangerous, officially became an emergency in October 2015. The barge had gone down ...

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A Space Odyssey

Transitioning from professional and commercial diving into the aerospace, engineering and defense communities took hard work and innumerable micro-failures.

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