An Exception to the Divers' Exception?
By James P. Nader & Rudolph F. 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 underwater obstacles, and onwards to the search and rescue of people and missing objects. While the commercial diving industry is certainly diverse, every diver shares a certain level of risk of injury when entering the water. Therefore…
Unique Maritime Group Offers New Diving Technology
Unique Maritime Group, an integrated turnkey subsea and offshore solution providers, will demonstrate a new diving technology, the Umbilical Supplied Rebreather,” at Oceanology International, being held at London Excel, from March 13-15. “The Umbilical Supplied Rebreather (USR) represents a quantum progression in diving technology; it not only improves commercial diver safety, but potentially offers significant operational/capital cost savings for the operator,” said Harry Gandhi, CEO of Unique Maritime Group. The USR is the culmination of five years of development and testing and offers comprehensive monitoring systems and built in multi redundancy safety features.
Global Diving & Salvage Hires VP in Houston
Global Diving & Salvage, Inc. has hired Mike Brown as Vice President of Energy Services, working from the company’s Houston office. In his new position Brown, will focus his efforts to increase Global's position in the domestic and international energy market and will be directly responsible for developing business opportunities and providing oversight on operations for these clients as well as oversee Global’s saturation and deep diving operations throughout the company. Brown brings with him more than 38 years of experience in the offshore oil and gas industry.
Subsea UK and OPITO Awarded Vital Funding
Subsea UK and OPITO have each been awarded part of a £2million fund aimed at attracting vital new entrants into the industry and helping people to diversify their skills. Scotland’s leading diver training facility, The Underwater Center in Fort William, has also secured a share of The Energy Challenge Fund, set up to help tackle the current skills shortage in the oil and gas industry. The Fund, managed on behalf of the Scottish Government by Skills Development Scotland (SDS), will support employers’ skills needs to build on the talent pool in Scotland’s burgeoning energy sector. The training is aimed at helping people to gain the qualifications necessary for working in oil and gas, including the subsea sector, as well as renewables and micro-renewables.
Tug Grounding Causes Fuel Spill in Alaska
Emergency personnel continue their response to the tug boat Samson Mariner which ran aground and spilled fuel while towing a barge in the vicinity of Rosa Reef in north Tongass Narrows, Alaska, Wednesday evening. Approximately 1,100 gallons of diesel spilled from the tug prior to being patched by Alaska Commercial Divers Wednesday night. The Samson Mariner has been refloated and is anchored in Ward Cove alongside the barge it was towing. A Coast Guard Air Station Sitka MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew conducted an overflight with Coast Guard Marine Safety Detachment Ketchikan personnel aboard to determine the extent of any possible sheen or environmental impacts. A sheen has been reported in the area and SEAPRO has been tasked with fuel containment and recovery using boom and absorbent pads.
Nicholls Elected as ADCI President
Bryan Nicholls, president and COO of Texas based offshore and inland commercial diving contractor U.S. Underwater Services, LLC, has been elected president of the Association of Diving Contractors International (ADCI) at its annual conference. The ADCI is a professional association that promotes best industry practice with respect to the health and safety of commercial divers and underwater operations. “The ADCI Consensus Standards for Commercial Diving and Underwater Operations are recognized as best industry practice here in the U.S., and in many other parts of the world,” Nicholls said.
Chambers Added as Diving Technical Adviser for IMCA
An expanding work program has seen the International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) appointed Kris Chambers to the secretariat team as a Diving Technical Adviser to work alongside fellow Adviser, Paul Evans and with Technical Director, Jane Bugler. “Kris has been actively involved in the commercial diving industry , working in Australia, the Asia-Pacific region, Gulf of Mexico and Mexico itself, West Africa and the Middle East,” explained IMCA’s Chief Executive, Hugh Williams. Kris Chambers’ working life began in 1985 the Royal Australian Air Force as a Maintenance Engineer (Airframe), he then moved to the Australian regular Army (RAEME) where he achieved the rank of Sergeant and was a helicopter flight engineer.
CADC Publish Diver Delta P Guidelines
This guideline by the Canadian Association of Diving Contractors (CADC) provides a basic understanding of the forces and hazards associated with Delta P. The Canadian Association of Diving Contractors (CADC) recently published definitive guidance for divers working in differential pressure (Delta P) environments. Statistics from several occupational health and safety sources indicate that a high number of commercial diving accidents are linked to a lack of proper understanding of the hazards posed by differential pressures (Delta P) in various underwater work environments. Differential pressure, known as "Delta P," can present unique and deadly hazards to divers. Differential pressures are created when two bodies of water intersect, each with a different water level, such as at a dam.
ROV Training Graduates Secure Employment
Half of ROV class find employment within a week of completing training. A subsea training centre has reported an increase in employment of their students, with 50% of one class being employed within a week of graduating. The Underwater Center, Fort William saw half of a recent ROV class employed by leading providers of subsea services to the oil and gas industry, DOF Subsea, following the company’s attendance at an open day at the Center. A DOF Subsea representative attended the…
Campbell Joins Bisso Marine
Bisso Marine, a premier provider of energy and maritime support services, announced the addition of Joe Campbell as general manager of Diving and Subsea Services. In his new position, Campbell manages all aspects of diving safety and diving operations for the company. Before joining Bisso Marine, Campbell served as director of projects for Crossmar Inc., overseeing all subsea construction projects. From 1995 to 2008, Campbell worked with Cal Dive International. His global experience includes managing projects in India and Australia.
Six Rescued from Sunken Barge, Five Still Missing
Around 8 a.m. (Singapore time) on December 19, 2013, the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) received a report that a life raft with people onboard had been sighted southwest of Horsburgh Lighthouse. A total of six crew members were subsequently rescued by a Police Coast Guard patrol craft. The rescued crew members reported that another five persons were missing, and that they were from a barge, Heng Hong 168, which had capsized in Singapore waters about three nautical miles west of Horsburgh Lighthouse. MPA is coordinating the search and rescue (SAR) operations, which involves assets for aerial and surface searches. MPA has also activated commercial divers to assist with the SAR operations.
USCG Rescues Disabled Fishing Vessel
A fishing crew is back on land today after a fouled anchor line stranded them about 115 miles east of Gloucester, Massachusetts, Saturday. Initially, the four-person crew aboard the 61-foot fishing vessel Angela Michelle contacted the Sector Boston Command Center when their line became wrapped in the ship's rudder and propeller. Rescue crews from the Coast Guard Cutter Legare, a 270-foot Medium Endurance Cutter from Portsmouth, Virginia, arrived on scene and took the vessel in tow toward Gloucester, Massachusetts.
The Underwater Centre Wins Top Award At Inaugural Ceremony
The Underwater Centre has picked up a top award at the inaugural Energy North Awards Ceremony held in Inverness, Thursday, September 29. The Centre triumphed in the Best Oil and Gas Industry Service Supplier category. The Best Oil and Gas Industry Service Supplier award recognizes those companies that are involved in the oil and gas industry in the HIE region. The Underwater Centre’s primary focus is on providing industry specific skills and competency training for commercial divers and ROV pilots…
Cruise Passengers Ferried from Entangled Vessel
Coast Guard Sector received a call over marine band radio channel from the master of the Atlantic Highlands Princess who reported that the vessel had lost power to both of its engines and was drifting toward the break wall. Once the vessel anchored to keep from drifting its propellers were found entangled in the mooring lines of a nearby vessel and the chains from a mooring ball. A rescue crew from Coast Guard Station Sandy Hook arrived on scene and began transporting all of the passengers and four crew members to shore. The captain and two crew members remained on the vessel. Commercial divers arrived on scene and awaited arrival of a commercial tug from Island Towing to free the vessel. The tug arrived at about 10 a.m. Sunday and the divers began work to release the line and chain.
Tideland Appoints Agent for Indian Ocean
Tideland Signal has appointed Seanergy Indian Ocean as agent for its range of aids to marine navigation in Madagascar and the Indian Ocean. With offices on the island of Réunion and in Toamasina/Tamatve, Madagascar, Seanergy Indian Ocean will supply and support the entire Tideland range including buoys, beacons, lanterns and advanced electronic equipment such as racons, AIS, Tideland’s advanced AIS Viewer (TSD) and remote monitoring systems. Dominique Thirel, the company’s General Manager…
New Leadership Role for Titan's Shelby Harris
Veteran Salvage Master Shelby Harris has been named Titan Salvage’s new director of marine operations in Asia. Shelby will bring more than 15 years of experience responding to large-scale domestic and international salvage and wreck removal projects. He will be based out of the company’s Singapore office and equipment depot, a 45,000-square-foot site west of the city, and report to Titan’s Director of Operations Patrick Keenan. “Shelby is one of the most experienced, innovative and successful salvage masters in our industry,” said Keenan.
JFD Debuts Bailout Rebreather System to Safeguard Divers Lives
JFD, the leading global subsea operations and engineering company, part of James Fisher and Sons plc, has today announced the launch of its new Compact Bailout Rebreathing Apparatus (COBRA) for commercial divers, as a direct response to the urgent need for significant improvements in safety in the saturation diving industry. The system significantly extends the duration of the supply of emergency breathing gas, delivering 45 minutes of emergency life support at a depth of 120 meters. A conventional open-circuit 300 bar twinset bailout system will deliver only seven minutes at that depth.
Harris Assumes New Leadership Role with Titan
Veteran Salvage Master Shelby Harris has been named Titan Salvage’s new director of marine operations in Asia, where he will bring more than 15 years of experience responding to large-scale domestic and international salvage and wreck removal projects. He will be based out of the company’s Singapore office and equipment depot, a 45,000-square-foot site west of the city, and report to Titan’s Director of Operations Patrick Keenan. Harris will be in charge of spearheading operational efforts and continuing to strengthen the team in the region…
McClaugherty Joins Surf Subsea as VP Biz Development
Surf Subsea, Inc. announced that Jim McClaugherty has joined the team as Vice President of Business Development. He will have the responsibility of leading the company’s Sales and Marketing efforts. Jim has 40 years of experience in the Offshore Industry. He started his career as a commercial diver in the Gulf of Mexico where, over a 10 year period, he held various positions, including tender, Diver, and Dive Supervisor. In 1979, Jim became a project manager and subsequently, served in the capacity of Operations Manager, General Manager and in Sales and Business development roles for a number of Diving and Marine Contracting Companies.
Deltron's Rebreather Equip., Spill Prevention & Containment
Deltron, Inc. (DTRO), through its Blu Vu Deep Oil and Gas Exploration, Inc. division, is developing rebreather equipment to aid in preventing and containing offshore oil spills. Deltron recognizes the critical need for solutions to improve inspection, maintenance and repair of deep water oil and gas rigs like BP's Deepwater Horizon. The company has designed proprietary closed circuit rebreather systems to enable commercial divers to reach greater depths, stay underwater longer, increase productivity while submerged, and reduce decompression and recovery time. Deltron's solutions are engineered to allow offshore drilling companies to…
Readers’ Choice: Top 10 Maritime Stories of 2015
Per usual, the year 2015 was an eventful one for the global maritime market, with a number of historical firsts and technological breakthroughs, a year fraught with triumph and tragedy, As 2015 comes to a close we look here at the 10 stores ... 10 stories from a cumulative 18,719 posted to MarineLink.com during the calendar year to date ... that were clicked on and passed along the most by you, our readers. Josh Harris and Casey McManus, stars of the Discovery' Channel's Deadliest Catch, discuss their decision to protect their vessel, Cornelia Marie, with Sherwin-Williams marine coatings.
NY, Heating Oil Barge Runs Aground
A barge carrying more than 5 million gallons of home heating oil reportedly struck an unknown object and began taking on water near City Island, N.Y., at approximately 2:30 p.m., Jan 22. No pollution is reported at this time. The commercial tug Meredith C. Reinauer was pushing a barge to Boston, Mass., when they reportedly struck the object near Execution Rocks, N.Y. The master of the tug contacted the Coast Guard and reported the barge was taking on water in a ballasting void. The tug brought the barge to anchor off of Hart Island, N.Y. A Coast Guard 41-foot response boat crew from Coast Guard Station Kings Point was quickly on scene to confirm that the vessel was not discharging any oil. Commercial divers from Randive, Inc.
Propeck Joins Global Diving In Gulf Of Mexico
Global Diving & Salvage, Inc. say they have hired John Propeck as General Manager for their Gulf Coast regional office, located in Houston, TX. The company adds that Propeck brings with him over forty-five years of multi-faceted experience in the commercial diving and maritime industry. He began his career as a commercial diver, logging over 1,000 days in saturation. He has over twenty years of program and project management experience, including business development, marketing, sales, purchasing and procurement management.