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Kursk Rescue Hits Snag

The Russian navy said a plan to raise the Kursk nuclear submarine from the bottom of the Barents Sea hit a snag when deep-sea divers had trouble cutting through the craft's hull. Vice Admiral Mikhail Motsak, coordinating the recovery operation, said on Russian television that an international team of divers had run into problems while making holes in the craft to affix cables and eventually haul the sub up. "Everything looked fine on paper and when testing the equipment on the surface. But under water everything turned out to be more complex because the company did not have their equipment tuned for the type of steel of our vessel." After a series of unexplained explosions, the Kursk sank last August with the loss of all 118 people on board. President Vladimir Putin has vowed to raise the craft and dispose of its nuclear reactors. The Russian navy is conducting the project with Dutch heavy transport firm Mammoet, salvage company Smit and Norwegian outfit Norse Cutting and Abandonment. Russia cannot afford serious delays to a salvage project it aims to complete by September 20, before severe winter weather again engulfs the Arctic site of the disaster. Igor Spassky, the head of the contractor, Rubin, which designed the Kursk, said on Friday that it would cost a total of about $130 million to raise the ship, with Mammoet and its partners receiving about $65 million. - (Reuters)


Aqueos Takes Delivery DSV for Liveboating

Photo: Aqueos Corporation

Aqueos Corporation, a subsea services provider for the offshore oil and gas sectors of the Gulf of Mexico and the Pacific West Coast, announced the delivery of SPLASH, a Special Purpose Liveboat and Survey Hull to specifically address safety concerns with traditional methods of Liveboating.   SPLASH is a purpose built vessel designed to address and mitigate inherent hazards associated with Liveboating. The vessel features twin jet drive propulsion


NAVSEA Divers Help Raise History

Naval Sea Systems Command divers, along with National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration divers lifted a piece of naval history out of 240 ft of water off the coast of Cape Hatteras . One hundred forty years after it's sinking, the Union ironclad Monitor is still making headlines. The 30-ton steam engine is once again in the spotlight as a $4.9 million recovery project successfully surfaces with the engine intact


NAVSEA Divers Help Raise History

Naval Sea Systems Command divers, along with National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration divers lifted a piece of naval history out of 240 feet of water off the coast of Cape Hatteras Monday. One hundred forty years after it's sinking, the Union ironclad Monitor is still making headlines. The 30-ton steam engine is once again in the spotlight as a $4.9 million recovery project successfully surfaces with the engine intact


Sweden Tries To Persuade U.S. Group To Abandon Estonia Dive

Swedish coastguards reportedly planned to board a U.S. ship they suspect is taking divers to examine the wreck of the ferry Estonia, which sank in the Baltic Sea in 1994 with the loss of 852 lives. Sweden strongly opposes but cannot prevent foreign nationals from diving, as it lies in international waters off Finland. American businessman Greg Bemis has said he plans to send divers to investigate reports that the car and passenger ferry might have been damaged in an explosion before it sank


GAC Starts Hull Cleaning Op'ns in Oman

HullWiper in Oman 400

GAC EnvironHull hull cleaning operations using the brush-and-diver-free HullWiper system starting at the port of Sohar, just outside the Gulf of Hormuz. This latest expansion adds Oman to the growing GAC EnvironHull network which already covers Dubai, Fujairah and Sharjah in the UAE, as well as Gothenburg in Sweden. The green hull cleaning solution uses adjustable pressure sea water jets as the cleaning medium rather than brushes or abrasives


An Exception to the Divers' Exception?

Divers' Rights under the Jones Act Continue to Depend on Jurisdiction By James P. Nader & Rudolph F. Lehrer An occupational study estimates that the number of commercial diving positions nationwide will grow to an anticipated total of 5,000 positions over the next decade. For the uninitiated, the focus of these commercial divers spans the gamut from extensive inspection of hulls and pipelines to the construction and repair of underwater structures to the demolition and removal of


Russian Sub Rescue Update: Too Little, Too Late?

Indecision from Russia regarding help from foreign nations in aiding efforts to rescue an estimated 118 sailors trapped in a Nuclear submarine lying on the bottom of the Barents Sea evaporated today, as Norway said that divers due to join a British bid to save 118 Russian sailors trapped in a submarine on the bed of the Barents Sea would arrive on Saturday. Meanwhile, Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov said on Thursday the situation around the sunken nuclear submarine Kursk was "next to


Underwater Bonding Seals the Deal

Miami Diver has led the development of a unique universal steel habitat to efficiently carry out underwater repairs on almost any ship. In July 1999, a leading cruise ship operator approached Miami Diver Inc. with a damaged lip type stern seal on one of its vessels. The 73,912-gt ship was reporting sea water ingress from the starboard side shaft seal, and the cruise operator was looking for options to prevent an untimely and expensive unscheduled dry-docking.


Arctic Rescue Base Set Up by Rosneft

Russia’s largest oil company is establishing a permanent Arctic base of rescue personnel & divers in Amderma, a village on the Kara Sea coast. The base, which is to support the company’s ongoing exploration activities in the Kara Sea, will include a team of divers and a MI-8 helicopter, the Nenets AO regional administration informs Barents Observer. The divers all come from a special operations team under the Arkhangelsk Regional Rescue Service


MMA Students Awarded Crowley Scholarships

Adam Szloch, Peter Persechino, Robert M. Neal, and Bryan P. Wall (Photo: Crowley)

Crowley Maritime Corp.’s 2015-2016 Thomas B. Crowley Sr. Memorial Scholarships have helped to further educational opportunities for four students of Massachusetts Maritime Academy (MMA). The four recipients, Bryan P. Wall, Robert M. Neal, Peter Persechino and Adam Szloch


Salvors Remove Debris Left by Environmental Protesters

Photo: GUE Seattle

Dive and salvage teams worked to remove debris used as anchor blocks by environmental activists protesting Shell’s Arctic drilling aboard a barge in Seattle’s Alki Seacrest Park on May 19.   A dive team from Global Diving & Salvage, Inc


US Navy Launches Undersea Drone

USS North Dakota (U.S. Navy Photo)

A U.S. Navy submarine has become the first to launch and recover an underwater drone used in a military operation, reports AP.   The attack submarine USS North Dakota returned to its base in Groton, Connecticut, on Monday following a nearly two-month deployment.   


Wrecked 'Russian submarine' found in Swedish waters

Image: Ocean X Team

 A wrecked mini-submarine was found last week in waters off of Sweden’s eastern coast.   Authorities believe it is a Russian model, primarily because of Cyrillic letters on the hull. They have not disclosed the exact location of the wreckage, but say it is around 1


Families March to China Shipwreck Site as Survivor Hopes Fade

Dozens of people broke through a police cordon on Wednesday as they marched towards the site of a sunken cruise ship in the Yangtze River to demand news of missing relatives.   Rescuers searched for more than 400 missing people, many of them elderly


BOURBON Installs Submarine Cable for Sabella D10 Project

NSTALLATION OF THE CABLE IN PICTURES

BOURBON is participating in a tidal turbine connection project off the island of Ushant (Brittany, France), a first in France. A pioneer in the towing and installation of the first floating wind turbine off the coast of Portugal, BOURBON is committed in the field of renewable energies and is now


No Signs of Life as China Starts Righting Capsized Ship

Chinese authorities began late on Thursday to right a cruise ship that capsized on the Yangtze River, after divers sent to search for survivors found no signs of life inside.   With only 14 survivors found, including the captain and chief engineer


Kreuz Subsea Orders Dive Support Vessel from Vard

Image courtesy of Vard

Vard Holdings Limited has secured a contract for the design and construction of one diving support and construction vessel for Singapore-based Kreuz Subsea group.   The vessel will be of VARD 3 17 design, with a total length of 91.2 meters and a beam of 21


Dive Operator Sentenced after Propeller Death

A New Zealand dive operator and skipper have been sentenced for the February 2014 death of a diver struck by a propeller while on a trip to the Poor Knights Islands, Maritime New Zealand announced.   Whangarei diving company The Dive Spot Limited has been fined $50


Diver Pleads Guilty to Fraud Involving Historic Cannons

Vincent Woolsgrove with one of the Dutch cannons (Photo: Maritime and Coastguard Agency)

 A commercial diver has pleaded guilty at Southampton Crown Court to a fraud offence in excess of £46,000 following a two year investigation by the U.K. Maritime & Coastguard Agency (MCA).   The diver, Vincent Woolsgrove of Ramsgate, Kent


ZPMC Orders Romica Equipment for DSV

Image: REL

Romica Engineering Ltd (REL) has signed a contract with Shanghai Zhenhua Heavy Industries Co. Ltd. (ZPMC) to provide a triple drum winch and tooling deployment A-Frame system. This will support the overboard deployment and recovery of diver tools supporting subsea work.  


Missing Divers Found in Gulf of Mexico

A Coast Guard Air Station Corpus Christi MH-65 Dolphin helicopter aircrew stands with two rescued divers after they were located and rescued Saturday, June 27. (U.S. Coast Guard photo)

U.S. Coast Guard crews locate two missing divers in Gulf of Mexico   Two overdue divers offshore from San Jose Island, Texas, were rescued by a U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) helicopter crew Saturday afternoon.   The two San Antonio men, Dennis Garrett and Robert Holms


Passenger Ferry Capsizes in the Philippines, Nearly 40 Dead

Image Credit: CCTV America

 MBCA Kim Nirvana, a passenger boat carrying 189 people has capsized in the central Philippines, minutes after leaving port, the Philippine Red Cross and coast guard spokesman Cmdr. Armand Balilo said.   There were 173 passengers and 16 crew members on board


Danish Ports Approve HullWiper

Photo: GAC EnvironHull

Authorities at the Danish ports of Copenhagen, Kalundborg and Fredricia have granted permission for GAC EnvironHull’s pioneering, diver-free, underwater HullWiper solution to be used within their ports and outside of holding areas.  


South Korea Chooses Shanghai Salvage-led consortium to Lift Sewol Ferry

 South Korea has chosen a consortium led by China’s state-run Shanghai Salvage Co. as the preferred bidder to raise the Sewol passenger ferry which sank off Jindo Island on April 16, 2014, the country’s Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries (MOF) said in a statement.  






 
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