Underwater Magazine -September/October 2013 - (Page 12)

A MESSAGE FROM THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR ■ PHIL NEWSUM AS WE COME TO THE last quarter of 2013, it is truly amazing just how fast this calendar year flew by. For the ADCI, it was a year of launching new tools to better inform all industry stakeholders of the different challenges and trends that present themselves in the underwater industry. Rest assured, the Association will continue to find new and better ways to stay connected with its members. Industry Updates I have the honor of serving as a Co-Chair on the National Offshore Safety Advisory Committee’s Diving Subcommittee. This subcommittee has four chairpersons (two who actively sit on the National Offshore Safety Advisory Committee (NOSAC) and two from the public at large). The task of the diving subcommittee is to look at 46 CFR Part 197 and make recommendations to make the regulations relevant to current best industry safe practices. The subcommittee will approach the different areas for revision in phases. Phase one will examine Specific Diving Mode Procedures, Hyperbaric Emergency Evacuation, DP vessel Diving, Live Boating, Reserve Gas Supply, Diver Competency/Certification, Manning Levels (for different diving applications), Availability of Standards, Maximum Depths (for different diving applications), and Equipment (hot water systems). Each area will be examined by a focus group. The focus groups will be composed of the 25 members of the subcommittee, who will then report out their progress to the group’s assigned Co-Chairperson. All progress of the subcommittee will be reported out at scheduled NOSAC meetings. I will provide progress of the subcommittee through future messages in Underwater. The Association will continue to assist the USCG through its formal partnership, which should complement the efforts of the NOSAC Diving Subcommittee. At the September meeting at HQ USCG, the ADCI presented the recommended revisions to the Consensus Standards for Commercial Diving and Underwater Operations. Other items covered were Credentialing and Certification, Commercial Diving Casualty Reporting (Casualty Statistics and Analysis), the ADCI GAP Analysis (OGP/IMCA/ADCI), USCG/ADCI Mutual Training Agreement (status report), Commercial Diving Safety Policy Issues (discussion of requests for/issuance of dive variances), and a presentation by the CG Office of Operating and Environmental Standards, Vessel and 12 UnderWater SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2013 Facilities Operating Standards Division-Foreign and Offshore Vessel Division. Additionally, the OGP Diving Improvement Work Group (DIWG) also met in September to examine many of the previously mentioned topics from a global perspective. The ADCI will continue to provide input and present information to complement this group’s efforts. The U.S. GOM Diving Safety Work Group (DSWG) also met in September and their subcommittees are working the same issues from a GOM perspective. The DSWG is a pivotal force towards ensuring that our regional challenges are met with solutions that are determined by our regional stakeholders. There are many groups, committees, and subcommittees that are working on a lot of the same issues and one might argue on how effective this is towards driving change. The more groups and individuals that bring issues to the table, the better job we will do to confront the challenges and establish real trends towards improving safety. Everyone has something to offer and no stone should be left unturned. The ADCI has the privilege to attend most of the industry’s diving safety meetings, and we are committed through our strategic plan to continue to share safety trends and improvements to both inland and offshore sector clients. We are thoroughly convinced that the target audience for our message on safety is the client. It is the client, through the payment of services, that has the real power to help increase safety in the underwater industry. Conversely through indifference, it is also the client that can hold back opportunities for increased safety. ADCI Scholarship Fund Raffle tickets for the U.I. 2014 drawing can be purchased from the office. The prizes are a new KM 37 SS diving helmet, a state-of-the-art diving harness, and Miller weight belt. The helmet will be signed by Bev Morgan at U.I. 2014. Remember money raised from the raffle will go directly to the scholarship fund, which helps provide educational opportunities for students that are sponsored by member companies. It is our one chance to give back to the community to support our most valuable asset, today’s youth. Be Safe Phil Newsum @adc_int

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Underwater Magazine -September/October 2013

Board of Directors
President’s Message
Executive Director’s Message
Jascon 4 Rescue
Croc Country
Saturation Diving and Microbes
Commercial Diver Training Requirements
Emergency Repair at Sewerage Plant
California High Schools Prevail in International Student Underwater Robotics Competition
Revolutionary PileJax™
Safety and Efficiency through Automation
Diver Gas Management in the Bell
Unique System LLC (USA) Completes the Upgrade to the Ranger Offshore, Inc. HOSS-1, 6-Man SAT System
New Gear
Underwater Intervention 2014
New ADCI Members
Index to Advertisers
2014 ADCI Scholarship Fund Raffle

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