Hal Lomax

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  1. Once it has been developed to the point of being surface monitored, I can see the oil companies requiring this technology for all asset inspections in zero visibility. The sales people ought to be marketing this to Chevron, Shell, Exxon-Mobil, BP, Total, Aramco and the rest of the lot just as soon as they can get the imagery onto a surface monitor. This looks like breakthrough technology to me.
  2. No, John it has not been made a front page article.
  3. A gas release like that would turn any sat job to shit.
  4. Wow - if there was enough gas released to cause vessel stability issues, that was no minor release. That makes it even more of a miracle that there was not multiple fatalities. I'll be watching also to see if there is an IMCA Safety Flash on this. Tell me Derek, was it a surface oriented or sat job?
  5. This incident sounds like it had the potential for multiple casualties / fatalities. Glad it did not turn out that way. Now let's just hope that the contractor and the oil company both learn from this incident and perform a proper LOTO in the future.
  6. This year the Canadian Underwater Conference and Exhibition is in the nation's capital, Ottawa. The link to the website is http://www.underwaterconference.ca/
  7. They seem to have one or two fatalities every year in Spain. This is terrible news.
  8. Thank you Gabriel, very much appreciated. If there is anything the Divers Association can do to help you get these safety regulations put in place, please let us know. We would all be more than happy to help you.
  9. Bagshy, there are two things to bear in mind: 1) US Navy says the following "there is no safe distance from an underwater explosion" 2) A few years ago a South African scuba club, attempting to break the Guinness Record, had 200 divers enter a large pool. Once they were all in, a flash-bang was tossed in to recall them. There was one fatality, several serious injuries I realize that air cannon are used now instead of explosives, but it is the hydraulic shock wave that poses the risk of fatality, with the sound waves posing a risk of hearing damage. Thermocline layers and tide shear can reduce the distance the shock waves can travel, but bottom topography can magnify the effect. Working in Saudi when they were doing seismic work, we halted diving ops whenever they were within 5 nautical miles of us. At that time, we were working in the 100 fsw range. There is one way to mitigate the effects of subsea blasting, and I assume it would work with air cannon: an air curtain.
  10. Very sorry to hear this Gabuzo, may they rest in peace. Thank you for posting the information, it is appreciated. We will be awaiting your update.
  11. John, is there a possibility that we will be heard with the new incoming administration? Perhaps if we make the case to them that in the US, there are more stringent occupational safety regulations for a janitor than there are for a working diver, that the death and injury rates for man hours worked are atrocious, that existing US safety regulations pale in comparison to "Third World" countries, and that due to the lack of consolidation of authority over the industry there is no hope of the statistics changing without seeing significant change in regulation and enforcement? We could also make it clear to them that there is no need to re-invent the wheel, as far as safety regulations go. Between IMCA D014 and IOGP 411 they can "cut and paste" so to speak, and end up with a substantial and workable regulation. I can assure you that neither IMCA nor IOGP would have a problem with their documents being used as a baseline for regulations.
  12. Thanks Tim, and now you know you were missed.
  13. I am not 100% sure on this, but I believe I heard just recently that Mamoet had ceased operations. If that is indeed the case, there unfortunately may be no further information to be obtained, unless we can persuade the diver's "friends" to come forward and tell the truth. This looks to me like a huge ass-covering exercise. This diver should never have been sent in to cut (with Broco or any other exothermic cutting gear) until the compartment was thoroughly ventilated and purged of possible accumulated hydrogen gas. As far as I am concerned, the company and the supervisor demonstrated gross incompetence, and should be legally liable for damages.
  14. Not sure, but most likely because it was not reported. Where you have knowledge of the incident, please go to "Incidents" and report it. Only state what has been established as a fact, and please provide any updates as they become available. Once the incident is recorded, it will be added to the fatality spreadsheet. Thanks Thomas
  15. Yes there is - go to the "News" page and check it out