Safety

Cleaning Up

BY CHRIS GABEL, OCEAN EYE, INC. Right, so it’s the end of the day or the end of a project. You’re tired, ready to go home. The gear gets piled up in the back of the company truck or trailer. You desperately want a beer and to shake off the day. Once a bit of a break is over, then ...

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Underwater Acronyms

The prevalence of submersible vehicles creates a new language.     BY GARY JONES ISTOCK.COM/BEST DESIGNS, IMAGEFLOW/SHUTTERSTOCK.COM, RICH CAREY/SHUTTERSTOCK.COM There are many submersible vehicles being used in the underwater environment nowadays. So much so that the acronyms being used to describe them can be morphed into their own language. For instance, we have AUVs (autonomous underwater vehicle), UUVs (unmanned underwater ...

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Pirating Out of the Water

Copyright infringement in commercial diving poses a growing safety concern.     BY AARON LAY ISTOCK.COM/FATIDO In December 2021, ADCI issued an official advisory notice regarding a “bargain brand” TYT torch. The torch was produced in Turkey and reproduced designs owned by Broco, Inc. and Rankin Industries – without permission or proper validation. Beyond the obvious legal ramifications of manufacturing ...

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A View on Faceplates

BY CHRIS GABEL, OCEAN EYE, INC. A diver’s viewport of the world, right? The faceplate is the visual part of any dive helmet that allows the diver to look out and the tender or dive supervisor to look in. Without speaking, you can see the look of anger, terror, delight or disgust. We see them typically scratched up, cracked or ...

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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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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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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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David Dodd

The Last Word David Dodd Vice President, Diving Operations, Consor Engineers, LLC, And Chairman Of The Adci-Osha Delta P Task Force UNDERWATER Magazine had the opportunity to speak with David Dodd, Vice President, Diving Operations, CONSOR Engineers, LLC, and chairman of the ADCI-OSHA Delta P Task Force. How did you land in the underwater industry? What has been your most ...

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Don’t Worry, Next Week. I Promise…

Feature BY CHRIS GABEL, OCEAN EYE, INC. Equipment maintenance should be part of your routine. Have you heard those words before from your maintenance tech, diver or supervisor about your equipment? I was surfing the internet recently and came across a great sign. The sign stated: “WARNING: If you don’t schedule maintenance, your equipment will schedule it for you.” No ...

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Danger Underwater

Stay aware and take precautions to avoid potential attacks by sea life.     BY MARY LOU JAY SERENA KELLY/SHUTTERSTOCK.COM Contrary to what you see in the movies, sharks, barracudas, giant octopuses and other dangerous creatures aren’t always lurking in the ocean waiting to launch a fatal attack on divers. Such incidents are relatively rare; divers are more likely to ...

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