Impact of New OSHA Silica Rule on Oil, Gas Industry Uncertain

March 29, 2016

The Independent Petroleum Association of America (IPAA) reports it is “troubled” that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) did not convene a small business advocacy review panel for upstream oil and gas when it issued its long-awaited final rule on occupational exposure to crystalline silica. The Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act (SBREFA) requires… Continue Reading »


3 tips for responding to Delta P

March 23, 2016

“Delta P” is an industry term for the differential pressure commercial diving specialists might experience while on the job. When one body of water displaces into another, the rush of pressure could trap divers and subject them to possible damage. If a dangerous situation arises, divers need to rely on their support and best practices to resolve things safely…. Continue Reading »


Jee to Run Decommissioning Webinar

March 21, 2016

Subsea engineering and training company, Jee, will host a free-to-attend offshore decommissioning webinar on April 13 2016. The webinar, titled ‘Innovation and efficiency in decommissioning’ will be presented by Head of Late Life, Graham Wilson. It will discuss how decommissioning can be done differently to realise cost savings and environmental and safety benefits. “The growing… Continue Reading »


How divers could benefit from updated emergency systems

March 15, 2016

As most commercial diving companies know, saturation diving can come with extreme health risks, from decompression sickness to High Pressure Nervous Syndrome. Because they rely on a combination of gasses and emergency systems to keep themselves protected, divers need to verify their life support equipment matches the amount of time they need to spend underwater. … Continue Reading »


Commercial sector could learn from sub rescue service model

March 8, 2016

In recent years, the naval sector has made increasing use of commercial standards, where appropriate, and of commercial technology, but there has been relatively little transfer of technology and business models in the opposite direction. However, according to a recent presentation from the company, James Fisher Defence (JFD) thinks hyperbaric rescue – the process by… Continue Reading »


Taking a Hard Look at Navy Diving

March 7, 2016

By Capt. Fuzz Harrison Deputy for Diving and Sub Rescue, OPNAV N97 Navy diving operations are an integral part of the Navy and personnel safety is the primary consideration in all Navy diving operations. As the Deputy for Diving on the Navy Staff, I recently served as the co-lead for the Diving Operations Assessment Integrated Project… Continue Reading »


ONC to Monitor for Earthquakes Off British Columbia

March 5, 2016

Ocean Networks Canada (ONC), an initiative of the University of Victoria, will develop a regional earthquake early warning system for southern British Columbia. Naomi Yamamoto, minister of state for emergency preparedness, announced that $5 million will go to Ocean Networks Canada (ONC) and their partners to ensure that communities have the best chance to protect… Continue Reading »


Royal Navy Discovers German Torpedo at Scapa Flow

March 5, 2016

Royal Navy bomb disposal team has found a Second World War German torpedo at Scapa Flow in the Orkneys on March 01, 2016. The torpedo was found on the seabed after a routine sonar survey on behalf of Orkney Islands Council. It was also  filmed using an underwater remotely operated vehicle (ROV). Footage showed a seven-meter long suspected… Continue Reading »


NOC to Lead Project on Monitoring of Marine CCS in North Sea

March 2, 2016

The world’s first ‘real world’ deep-water controlled experiment simulating emission from a submerged carbon dioxide storage reservoir is to take place in the North Sea, with the aim of further verifying the safety of offshore carbon dioxide (CO2) capture and storage (CCS). Reportedly, small quantities of CO₂ will be injected into mud on the sea… Continue Reading »

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