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    John Roat

    By John Roat, in Front Page Articles,

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    It's not on anyone else when one of us dies but us. It doesn't cost the company that cut corners on the their job plan, their life. It doesn't cost the company you're working for, that  made the cheapest bid, to get the poorly planed job, their life. It is the guy doing the job and remember you took the job.

    I will quote John Jenco here, a good diver to work with!  “From a safety standpoint, the first line of defense is, and always has been, the diver. For the FNGs, a word of wisdom hard won: Commercial diving will NEVER be a SAFE profession; the best that can be hoped for is that YOU and your brothers in the diving community can make it SAFER. So BE ADVISED, commercial diving is not a game or thrilling profession. Understand that you can get killed or maimed doing this shit. Own that, and act accordingly. Every time.
     

    The second lines of defense are your tender, standby diver, bell partner, or topside supervisor, depending upon the situation. They are your ONLY backup safety system that you can rely upon when your shit goes sideways, so choose wisely. Taking a stand on WHO you will work with - and most importantly, who you won't - may save your life or someone else one day. Understand that as well. If you allow yourself to work with the lazy, careless, nervous, or unreliable, it is YOU that may have to pay the price for your lack of judgment someday, for not wanting to offend anyone.

    Finally, I know guys that died in 5' of water, and 500' of water. NO JOB is too simple to take safety for granted. If you want to survive in this profession, you had better learn to lock down all the BS and grab-ass and leave it on the beach. Get your frogman on from the time you leave the dock until the time you return.

    Assume nothing and take nothing for granted. Know your job and make certain that everyone else has done theirs as well, because if a tender leaves a fitting loose or doesn't top off the air compressor, or the rack operator doesn't have the right gas mix lined out for your dive, or the supervisor doesn't have the best communications setup with the deck crews, YOU are the one that will likely pay the price for any screw ups resulting therefrom. Own that.

    Rant over. “ John Jenco
     
    The things we can control are basic and I know you have been on jobs where basics are shoddy at best.
    1)  Hose Management both surface and saturation diving (We are sloppy about it)
    2) Safety meetings, Diving Safety Drills, JSAs. (Informing everyone what is going on! I hate canned JSAs, if they don't do drills at least walk through it and have it planned out)
    3) Surface Diving Chamber Operation. (proper vents, walking away from the chamber to wash divers gear and not looking at the diver through porthole)
    4) Fully Dressed Stand By Diver (No Excuse)
    5) LEARN TO SAY NO   (quit being afraid to offend anyone)
     
    In short man or woman UP! I have never understood a person that has the courage to dive but not the courage to say NO!
     
    Association

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    Commercial Diving Technologies, LLC (CDT) is engaged in talks with John Roat, JCRoat Subject Matter Expert Services to develop a stand alone underwater burning training course.

    There would be two vital areas of importance that would be the focus of this undertaking;
     
    1. Safety
    2. Competency
     
    Training would be conducted at the DCBC accredited CDT commercial diver training facility in Hudson FL. and consist of two primary components;
     
    1. Underwater burning certification
    2. Underwater Oxy-Arc Burning Instructor certification. (This would be required to conduct training of personal)
     
    John Roat and CDT will be holding meetings during the upcoming UI Conference in New Orleans. If those attending the meetings agree this course will be offered to other Accredited Diver Training Schools. Interested parties can contact Sid Preskitt, Commercial Diving Technologies at 321-212-8550 or underseas6@yahoo.com for more information.
     
    You can download a short Video overview by clicking on Burning:    BurningTraining.wmv
    Association

    gallery_315_20_9440.jpgThe Divers Association urges everyone, world wide to sign this petition: Protect Commercial Divers' Lives Again action on the revision of regulation has been postponed. No result in more then 18 years! CHANGES TO CFRs ARE IN BUREAUCRATIC LIMBO!

    Still no action The Divers Association urges every interested person to contact the Coast Guard, their governmental representatives and every active company in the Diving industry. The anticipated changes won’t revolutionize anything. All of the proposals are already accepted or exceeded by the professional associations in the United States and IMCA.  
    Mr. Jeffery G. Lantz
    Director of Commercial Regulations & Standards (CG-5PS)
    U.S. Coast Guard Headquarters
    2703 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave SE, STOP 7126
    Washington, DC 20593-7126
    202-372-1351 E-Mail Jeffry G. Lantz <Jeffrey.G.Lantz@uscg.mil>
     
    Mr. Ken Smith Project Manager
    Department of Homeland Security
    U.S. Coast Guard
    Commandant (CG-OES-2), 2703 Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue SE.,
    STOP 7509, Washington, DC 20593-7509
    Phone: 202 372-1413
    E-Mail: ken.a.smith@uscg.mil
    For United Citizens you will find your Representative here Just enter you zip code it wll give you the hotlink to their Web page
     I am telling mine this " No result in more then 18 years! CHANGES TO CFRs ARE IN BUREAUCRATIC LIMBO and causing the loss of divers lives. You can find evidence of the lack of action here"
     
    Association

    For those attending Underwater Intervention this year do not miss the best gathering of divers this end of the Universe. This year joining Fisk Marine Insurance as sponsors are Oxylance & BayTech & VideoRay

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    As usual ADCI Current Cardholders are admitted to the display floor no charge. If you have your card make sure to bring it!  You will find all information on presentations, hotels and sign up for Underwater Intervention 2017 here!

    Mark Longstreath
    2017 has started with two fatalities in the diving industry, both in Spain.
     
    The first was on January 5th was a diver named Jesus Ramon Vazquez Tojeiro, who was carrying out a dive to recover red coral, commonly used in jewelry that is sold in China. As the amount of red coral declines, divers have to go deeper to find it. This diver died while carrying out a SCUBA Mixed Gas dive. His body was recovered 9 days later on January 14th.
     
    The second diver died on 25th January. His name was Agustin Ortega. Currently we know very little about how he died, just that he was working at the Valdelentisco desalination plant near El Mojón in Mazarrón.
     
    It is widely recognised that Spain has one of the worst safety records in the world, and that their diving regulatory structure is antiquated, and totally inadequate for the diving industry. Lets hope that 2017 can be the start of a total restructuring of the Spanish diving regulations, as they sorely need it.
     
     
    Augustin Ortega
     

     
     
     
    John Joly
    Firstly, I want to wish each of you health and prosperity through the Holidays, whichever you celebrate, and in the future!
    PLEASE respond if you see the advisability of attempting to consolidate all authority over Commercial diving operations (in the USA and its territories) under the mission of the U.S. Coast Guard. The confusion and inadequate auditing/investigation/prosecution of diving operations will never be acceptable until this is done, in my opinion and that of many others with whom I have discussed this move.
    The USCG recently introduced a rate for USCG Diver - a rating which heretofore did not exist. This development will create career divers in the USCG and that will result in well-trained personnel who will be proficient in diving operations and safety. These personnel will be obvious candidates to undertake audits and investigations. Consolidating authority will eliminate the grey areas of oversight and expedite desirable improvements. "Bessie" is only interested in scientific and archeological diving and OSHA has a shown a lack of effectiveness, even interest in proactive involvement in enforcement of existing regulations. Injured divers and the survivors of divers killed at work have little backup and the attorneys they engage have to fight uphill in almost every instance.
    Active pursuit of the consolidation of authority will require some proactive effort by divers, support personnel, Contractors and law firms. This will not happen unless the first steps are taken. Details can be worked out. The Lawmakers who control appropriations must be educated in the need for such responsibility to be added to the USCG mission as it will require additional funding. The costs will be offset by reducing loss of life and injuries which become a financial burden to the government and diving contractors will save money because of reduced costs in assuring compliance and in legal fees. Attorney Bobby Delise has said more than once that he would like to be put out of the diving lawsuit business and he has made a fine career out of handling legal actions which result from injuries and fatalities to divers!
    I urge you to endorse this effort and too pitch in when it starts! Your FIRST act needs to be stating that you approve the effort to Consolidate Authority...
    Association
    The following letter has been sent by the wife of Luke Rupping in the hope of getting closure for herself and her daughter. She has asked that the Divers Association publish the letter and Annexures.
     
    The letter has not been edited or corrected in any way.   
     
    TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN
     
    BACKGROUND
    On the afternoon of January 23, 1991, the Amuriyah, an 82,000-tonne Iraqi oil tanker sunk near Bubiyan Island off the coast of Iraq during Operation Desert Storm. In 2014 it was decided the tanker needed to be removed because it was within the tanker turning circle of a proposed mooring point at Iraq’s Al Basrah Oil Terminal, through which 97percent of Iraq’s crude oil is exported. The sunken vessel is blocking construction of a vital mooring point for the export of crude oil from SMP-5. Oil sales make up 95 percent of Iraqi government revenues, so anything – such as a sunken ship – that blocks additional oil exports must be removed. On the afternoon of January 23, 1991, the Amuriyah, an 82,000-tonne Iraqi oil tanker sunk near Bubiyan Island off the coast of Iraq during Operation Desert Storm. In 2014 it was decided the tanker needed to be removed. To remove the tanker, the 285 meter long hull needed to be cut up into manageable pieces.
     
    To view more, go to: http://www.thediversassociation.com/index.php?/forums/topic/753-luke-rupping-kuwait-2014/
     
    Association
    CHANGES TO CFRs ARE IN BUREAUCRATIC LIMBO
     
    NOW is the time to speak up! NOW is when you can help yourself and your colleagues. Use the listed contact information below to demand immediate action by the Coast Guard to implement the updated CFRS for Diving. They have all the necessary information and have had two comment periods for the public and the industry to contribute.
     
    DECADES, years or months are all too long to wait for responsible action. It has been decades since revision of the CFRs pertaining to Diving activities. Years have passed since the NOSAC committee submitted its proposed changes to the CFRs. Months later, after a second period for comments by the industry and the public, the United States Coast Guard has not released the updated CFRs.
     
    The Divers Association urges every interested person to contact the Coast Guard, their governmental representatives and every active company in the Diving industry. The anticipated changes won’t revolutionize anything. All of the proposals are already accepted or exceeded by the professional associations in the United States and IMCA.
     
    Too many lives have been lost or seriously affected by the lack of implementation of more stringent safety measures. Until such measures have the force of law behind them options remain which are chosen for economic reasons or corners are cut so that contractors can remain in business while taking unnecessary chances with the lives of divers. Union and non-union contractors alike want to be as safe as possible. Client companies have varying levels of understanding as to what is safe and what is not. Too often clients see what appears to be excessive personnel and equipment to support what, from their perspective, is simple work. Simple until pressure differential, rigging failure, sea conditions or other factors create an emergency! Dynamic Positioning Systems fail, unseen flaws in rigging or materials cause crushing and trapping incidents and the seafloor or load shifts in unpredictable ways which can injure or trap a diver.
     
    If a dive team member has not seen such emergencies that person has likely not been diving or supporting dive operations for very long. The clients need to be educated regarding the cost in dollars of incidents which can be prevented by having sufficient manning levels, equipment and training which cost less than the aftermath of “accidents” The proposed changes to the CFRs can help. There should be other, more strident changes made also. NOW we can only push for what is prepared and move to the next level. To push for enactment of the proposed changes made by the NOSAC Dive Safety Subcommittee we must contact as many influential people as possible to endorse expediting the approval by the USCG. Below, you will find the Director of Commercial Regulations & Standards and The Project Manager. for Proposed Rule-making (ANPRM) ID: USCG-1998-3785-0115. Mailing and E-mail address are below: Let them know what you think!
     
    Mr. Jeffery G. Lantz
    Director of Commercial Regulations & Standards (CG-5PS)
    U.S. Coast Guard Headquarters
    2703 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave SE, STOP 7126
    Washington, DC 20593-7126
    202-372-1351 E-Mail Jeffry G. Lantz <Jeffrey.G.Lantz@uscg.mil>
     
    Mr. Ken Smith Project Manager
    Department of Homeland Security
    U.S. Coast Guard
    Commandant (CG-OES-2), 2703 Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue SE.,
    STOP 7509, Washington, DC 20593-7509
    Phone: 202 372-1413
    E-Mail: ken.a.smith@uscg.mil
     
    If you have suggestions for refinements or additional regulations contact the Divers Association, International Marine Contractors Association, the International Oil & Gas Producers, The Association of Diving Contractors International, your Union and every Diving Contractor.
    Action breeds action. Act! Let those in charge know what you think. You will find all information from1998 tell the present poster here,
    https://www.regulations.gov/docketBrowser?rpp=25&so=ASC&sb=commentDueDate&po=0&dct=N%2BFR%2BPR%2BO&D=USCG-1998-3786
     
     
    Commercial Diving Operations - Advanced Notice of Proposed Rule-making (ANPRM)
    No result in more then 18 years!
     

    My Coast Guard Leter.pdf
    Association

    John Joly has been working with Fisk Marine Insurance International on a method for dive personnel to have their own Insurance. These include medical, life, disability, dental and vision insurances.

    Follow the link to: "Individual Benefits. This classification refers to the application of these privileges on an individual level, across medical, life, disability, dental and vision insurances."

    For many parts of our Commercial Diving World this is a big deal so the Divers Association want to thank both Fisk Marine Insurance International and our board member John Joly for their hard work in putting this together!
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