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.
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
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.
Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Underwater Magazine -September/October 2013
Board of Directors
Executive Director’s Message
Jascon 4 Rescue
Saturation Diving and Microbes
Commercial Diver Training Requirements
Emergency Repair at Sewerage Plant
California High Schools Prevail in International Student Underwater Robotics Competition
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
Underwater Intervention 2014
New ADCI Members
Index to Advertisers
2014 ADCI Scholarship Fund Raffle
Underwater Magazine -September/October 2013