Offshore

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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Wave of the Future

Diver Augmented Vision Display helps divers better plan and conduct diving operations By Sheryl Jackson ALL PHOTOS COURTESY CODA OCTOPUS Sometimes a technology product that doesn’t pan out for an initial use inspires other uses for the technology. Take Google Glass as an example. The initial version of Google Glass was shipped to selected developers in 2013, and then the product ...

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School Robotics Team Shines In ROV Competition

Marine Advanced Technology Education (MATE) International ROV Competition fosters industry interest BY LUKE HULLEY here is nothing that gets young people inspired by science, technology, engineering and mathematics quite as much as the prospect of building a robot. Solving real-life problems may be the core of the discipline of engineering, but solving them with a remotely operated underwater vehicle you have ...

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