Everything was going swimmingly for California couple Michael and Lynda Evans on a diving excursion 5 miles off Florida’s Key Largo -- until they surfaced to find the boat that took them to sea had left without them. The couple endured 26 hours clinging to a steel tower on a remote reef before being spotted by a passing pleasure craft and picked up by a state wildlife officer. The dive company’s owner, Ricardo Investments Corp., pleaded guilty to grossly negligent operation of the dive boat Aqua Nut Divers II and was sentenced to two years probation and fined $1,000, justice officials said late on Tuesday. The incident occurred in February 2000. The Evanses, experienced divers, surfaced from a first dive spot to find the boat had gone. They swam to a second dive site, where they were able to climb a steel tower to get out of the water and were eventually picked up, the U.S. attorney’s office said in a statement. The vessel’s crew meanwhile failed to notice they were missing and returned to Key Largo. Although the company, Aqua Nut Divers, found the couple’s dive bags on board, it made no effort to find out if the couple had been left behind, the statement said. As part of a plea agreement, Ricardo Investments committed to establishing a dive safety program and making it available to other dive companies. In a separate Coast Guard administrative proceeding, the captain of the vessel, James Evans, had his Coast Guard license suspended for a year for negligence. — (Reuters)
A UK dive boat’s malfunctioning GPS & engine breakdown were the cause of two divers being lost in fog near the wreck of the ship ‘Alster’. Humber Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre was called by a dive vessel at just after 1530 on a recent summer afternoon. They were told that the vessel’s engine and GPS had broken and it couldn’t find the two divers who were believed to be on the surface in black wets suits and marker buoys
"Once we started using Wesmar bowthrusters we haven't used anything else," said Dick Keith, owner and founder of premier Florida boat builder Keith Marine of Palatka. He has installed 20 Wesmar's on luxury yachts and dinner cruise boats. "I like the power and efficiency of the counter rotating design. I like the stainless steel instead of bronze propellers," said Keith. His company operates a fleet of yachts ranging from 50 to 250 ft
"It takes about two 12-hour days to clean the nearly flat bottom of a 1,300 x 200-ft. super tanker," says John Templet, founder of Commercial Divers in Pasgagula Miss., "and another one-and-a-half days to clean the underwater sides. Of course this depends on what type of paint, how old it is and the type of waters that ship has been in. If it has been in those cold polluted waters up around New York there won't be much growth
An East Valley couple vacationing to celebrate their first anniversary found themselves abandoned in the ocean, after a dive trip went wrong off the coast of Thailand, reports KHOU.com, Houston, Texas. Lexa and Jake Mendenhall recently became certified scuba divers, and were looking forward to their first real dives in the blue waters off Thailand. They made two one-hour dives, and all was well until they surfaced. Their boat was gone.
Thames Coastguard is coordinating a search after a yacht was in collision with a dredger approximately 1 mile off Felixstowe on the east coast of England. One person on board the yacht was pulled to safety, however another person is unaccounted for at this time, informs the UK Maritime & Coastguard Agency. The Felixstowe Coastguard Rescue Team, three lifeboats - two from Harwich, one from Walton - two pilot boats, a dive boat
The Red Sea is noted as one of the finest dive destinations in the world. Many visit Egypt’s coastal resorts and hire boats to take them to nearby reefs. With the launching of the 39 by 8.6-meter M/S Royal Evolution the area that is open to divers has been significantly increased. With a 2000 nautical mile cruising range and licensed to operate up to 600 miles from refuge, the new BV-classed SOLAS compliant vessel can take visitors to some of the best dive spots in the region.
The National Park Service has taken delivery of its newest boat, Sea Ranger II, built by Modutech Marine Inc. of Tacoma, Wash. The boat is equipped to transport park personnel, supplies and construction materials to the five offshore islands that make up Channel Islands National Park, as well as to carry researchers on overnight driving trips. Accommodations include a full galley, sleeping space for up to 10 people, full head with shower, and diving support equipment
Nass Marine Services, a marine division of the Nass Group, handed over a competed project that involved the fabrication of a new deck cargo barge to Ocean Diving & Marine Services that is owned and operated by Mr. Samir Engineer in the Kingdom. The vessel, Ocean 8 was fabricated to include a new deck cargo barge with a depth of 1.83 mts, gross tonnage of 217 RT and net tonnage of 65 RT. Ocean Diving & Marine Services is a company that specializes in an array of marine
The MV Blue Star, belonging to Chalong Sea Sports, caught fire and sank in Burmese waters while on a week-long dive trip. All 20 or so people on board are safe, though they lost their belongings, and a great deal of expensive dive gear is understood to have gone down with the boat, reports the Phuket Gazette. The Blue Star was a 28-metre live-aboard vessel with 13 cabins capable of accommodating up to 26 passengers. She had a maximum speed on 10 knots.
The design evolution of Blyth Workcats will be on display at Seawork on Stand B27 where the company will be showing examples from its versatile range. Well known for their robust seaworthiness and economical performance, workboats from this well-established Essex yard are able to perform
A Novec 1230 gas suppression system provides a unique, Class-compliant and effective margin of safety for an offshore dive support vessel. Despite the recent drop in oil prices, the marine sector remains extremely busy supporting the oil industry, and this will always remain the case
Unique Group, an integrated turnkey subsea and offshore solution provider, has now delivered two new dive systems and a diving vessel worth around £5 million to global services provider, Vertech. The Hydracraft 1500 Daughter Craft vessel, named the Vaila
The Norwegian Dawn cruise ship with more than 3,700 people on board ran aground in Bermuda after the vessel temporarily lost power. Small boats, divers and tug boats circled the liner Norwegian Dawn for hours before high tide helped push it off the reef and into deeper water
Scientists at Naval Surface Warfare Center Panama City (NSWC PC) have developed a prototype for a new life support system for divers, the U.S. Navy announced. According to the Navy, the goal of the new system is to accelerate the deployment of Navy divers
Bibby Offshore announced today that its Asian Division, Bibby Offshore Singapore (‘BOS’), has secured a contract with the Moattama Gas Transportation Company (“MGTC”). MGTC, a joint venture between Total (operator), Unocal, PTT-EP and Myanmar Oil and Gas Enterprise
Workboat operators are taking a second look at Dometic’s SeaXchange Reverse Osmosis Systems as missions expand and demands on these vessels increase. It’s no secret that Dometic Group’s products are sold in almost 100 countries, supported by as many as 6,000 employees
Harkand won a multi-million contract with Maersk Oil North Sea Ltd for the provision of DSV services in the North Sea region. The 12-month contract will be serviced by Harkand’s two DSVs, the Harkand Da Vinci and Harkand Atlantis, supported by project management and engineering from
Netherlands-based Palfinger Boats has launched the first of two Damen-designed FRSQ 1200 fast-rescue/oil response vessels. Built in Harderwijk, Netherlands, the 12-meter (40-foot) vessel is powered by dual 440-horsepower (hp) Yanmar diesels mated to twin NAMJet TJ431 HH waterjets.
A partnership between Canadian government and private industry today unveiled high precision 3D printed models of HMS Erebus, Sir John Franklin’s lead ship found last year in Canada’s Arctic waters as part of Parks Canada’s search for the vessels of the lost 1845
Public can watch seafloor discoveries live online April 9-30. Beginning April 9, scientists aboard NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer will begin a series of 20 dives to investigate previously unseen depths of the Caribbean Sea and Atlantic Ocean – and the public can follow along online.
The Harkand Haldane is a DP3 dive support vessel currently being designed and built in Europe to reduce downtime in the North Sea’s winter marginal weather months. Along with its well-equipped and logically planned layout, Harkand’s clients looking for increased efficiency to maximize
The Coast Guard announced Wednesday the establishment of the diver enlisted rating and corresponding chief warrant officer specialty. About 50 enlisted personnel and three chief warrant officers will initially transition to the Diver (DV) rating and Diving (DIV) specialty, respectively
Aqueos Corporation, a provider of subsea services to the Gulf of Mexico and Pacific Coast, has entered into a long term time charter of the OSV Clean Ocean, a California Air Emission Compliant 155’ offshore support vessel (OSV), for its West Coast and International operations.
Royal IHC and Dräger have joined forces to offer the market a single source for fully integrated Diving Support Vessels. The initial focus will lie on the market segment of vessels with automated, 18-person, twin bell saturation diving systems