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Bibby Topaz Incident

Posted by Amanda on September 21, 2012 at 10:05 AM Comments comments (3)

On 19th September...

North Sea

This is from diver onboard

Quick update for you all, Flakey was almost right but a few facts need clarifying:-

Both divers were outside the structure, looks like diver 1's umbilical got a turn around a external transponder bucket on side of structure when run off occurred. Vessel ran off 180 mts and did indeed part his umbilical. It took 26 mins to get the vessel back to over the structure, although the ROV had located him well before that, Chris the diver in question said he knew to try and conserve his gas even though he was freezing to death. He doesn't remember slipping into unconsciousness it just happened. It has been worked out that in total it took 46 mins to get him back in the bell, after 2 breaths by the bellman he started breathing on his own, he even stood up and out the way on his own steam to help in getting the bottom door down, once his breathing was restored he recovered quite quickly so they proceeded to start and warm him once the door was down and the bell was on its way up. (he was blue when they removed his hat). Diver 2 and the bellman were very professional in all of this as was the dive supervisor Craig Frederick, the lads themselves said Graig kept them focused and preempted everything.

Chris the diver climbed out of the bell and into the TL on his own steam and was warmed up further in the TL using the shower and wrapping him in towels, once stabilised he was transferred to the chamber. He appears to of made a full recovery and we have all been taking the piss at the lengths some people will go to for a short bellrun. ( obviously to try and lighten what was a very somber mood ) Chris has been very very very lucky. It brings it home just how quickly things can go pear shaped. The DP system is the prime suspect as the bridge said they had no control during the whole run off, that is being investigated with a fine toothcombe and we are all being decompressed as the investigation will be thorough and exhaustive time and getting back to work are not ab issue... I'll try and let you all know any outcomes when and if we find out !!

This and more:

Accident at Houston school

Posted by Amanda on September 17, 2012 at 5:55 PM Comments comments (2)

The following was on a Houston TV Station's website:

by Doug Miller / KHOU 11 News

Posted on September 12, 2012 at 6:28 PM



HOUSTON—An accident at a southwest Houston trade school sent two commercial diving students to a hospital in critical condition.


The men were training in underwater construction techniques when they were both discovered unconscious, police said. It wasn’t immediately clear how long they were unconscious before others in the class noticed they were in trouble.


The accident happened around 11 a.m. Wednesday at The Ocean Corporation, a private school teaching commercial diving and underwater welding. Company officials wouldn’t reveal any specific information about the mishap.


"We train commercial divers and non-destructive testers," said Jeff Brown, the school’s director of student services. "It was part of their training, so the students were being trained at that time. And we’re just glad that we have such a good staff here that they were able to take appropriate action."


Amateur video shot shortly after the accident showed paramedics performing CPR on the two students.  


One of the victims appeared to be conscious and moving as he was wheeled away. A pair of Life Flight helicopters carried the two men to Memorial Hermann Hospital.


Police withheld the names of the two injured men pending notification of their families. One of them is 34 years old and the other is 28, police said.


The company has been training students since 1969, but Brown says this is the first time any of its students have suffered such a serious accident.


Another New Article

Inspection Inspection Inspection

Posted by Amanda on September 10, 2012 at 8:50 AM Comments comments (0)

It seems like there has been a vast amount of divers doing there inspection tickets. This is good for Thailand and UK Inspection schools and divers are digging deep to do the courses to potentially make themselves more marketable. But what do you think is it worth it?

Sad Sad Loss

Posted by Amanda on August 16, 2012 at 4:25 PM Comments comments (2)

It is sad to report that SubseaSA has recently been informed that a Nigerian diver has passed away during operations in Nigeria. Further details to follow please also keep a eye out on:

Our thoughts are with his family and friends.


Hydratight devises clever solutions for Statoil

Posted by Amanda on August 12, 2012 at 2:50 AM Comments comments (0)

Thursday, Aug 09, 2012


Experts from joint integrity and engineering services company Hydratight found an innovative solution to a tricky repair for Statoil, by using a MORGRIP connector to repair a 6in super duplex pipe located within the constrained space of a subsea manifold, 340m under the surface of the North Sea.


Hydratight was called in to repair a damaged pipe on a subsea wellhead “Christmas tree” on the Troll C oil and gas platform, 100km north-west of Bergen, Norway.


A mandrel and its 6in supporting pipe were pulled out of position during an operation, overloading the pipe and forcing the shut-down of an associated 10in line, halting production.


“At that depth solutions were limited,” said Hydratight application engineer Mark Fisher.


A 6in super duplex MORGRIP end-connector had to be a specially engineered solution to fit within the significant physical constraints of the damaged manifold.


“The cracked pipe was partially inside the manifold, so we had to ensure that the MORGRIP’S overall dimensions were an absolute minimum to get it to fit,” explained Mark.


The pipe – which carries a mixture of water, oil and gas – was pressure-tested to 267bar after the procedure, and will be tested again from time to time to make sure the pipe hasn’t deteriorated further.


The MORGRIP successfully sealed the line in accordance with Statoil’s requirements. The pipe integrity was retained with no de-rating of the pipeline or deviation from original design.


Source: Hydratight

Deadly pirate attack off Nigerian coast

Posted by Amanda on August 10, 2012 at 7:10 AM Comments comments (0)

LAGOS - Gunmen attacked a barge belonging to an oil services company off the coast of Nigeria on Saturday, killing two Nigerian sailors and kidnapping four foreigners, officials said.

The suspected sea pirates stormed the vessel in the Gulf of Guinea, an area that has seen a sharp spike in the number of reported marine attacks over the last six months. A spokeswoman for Sea Trucks Group, which provides support vessels to oil companies operating in Nigeria, told AFP that one of the company’s ships came under fire and that the firm’s employees were taken in the raid. “At this time Sea Trucks Group is making every effort to ascertain the whereabouts of its personnel,” the spokeswoman, Corrie van Kessel, told AFP.

Nigeria’s navy spokesman Commodore Kabir Aliyu said during the attack “four expatriates are reported to have been kidnapped from the vessel; two sailors were killed.”

He said those kidnapped were from Indonesia, Iran, Malaysia and Thailand. The attack, which also left two other seamen injured, took place at roughly 0100 on Saturday, 35 nautical miles off Nigeria’s oil-rich Niger Delta coastal area, the navy and company said.

Aliyu told AFP that the motive of the attack had not yet been established and that so far there has not been any communication with the gunmen.

The volatile area was for years crippled by armed insurgency, largely made up of militants from the Delta who claimed that the region’s people were not benefitting from its vast oil wealth, while crude production devastated the environment.

Armed groups in the Delta were notorious for kidnapping oil workers. A 2009 amnesty deal greatly reduced the unrest, but sporadic incidents have continued to occur including robberies and, most prominently, piracy.

The International Maritime Bureau (IMB) said in a report released last month that there had been 32 piracy incidents recorded in the Gulf of Guinea in the first half of 2012, up from the 25 attacks in 2011.

Many of the raids have involved “high levels of violence,” kidnappings, and were increasingly occurring further offshore, the report added. An IMB official said attacks in the area have been under-reported for several years.

On July 27, suspected sea pirates attacked a vessel transporting workers for Italian firm Agip in the Delta’s Bayelsa state, leaving at least one person dead.

Aliyu told AFP that six naval personnel were stationed on board the Sea Trucks Group vessel following a security request from the company.

Van Kessel explained that Sea Trucks Group is heavily involved in the oil and gas sector in the Delta, but declined to comment on the specific activities of the fired-on ship.

She further said that two of the company’s vessels came under attack, although the navy insisted only one ship was involved. Sea Trucks Group, which also operates in Australia and East Asia, was founded as a Nigerian firm in 1977 before expanding and currently has a “corporate support office” in the Netherlands, according to its website.

Years of unrest in the Delta had curbed oil production in Nigeria, Africa’s top oil producer and the world’s eighth largest, but output has recovered since the amnesty.

On Friday, Nigeria said oil production had hit its highest level ever, reaching 2.7 million barrels per day.

Pay Cuts in the Gulf

Posted by Amanda on August 6, 2012 at 3:55 AM Comments comments (0)

Epic divers and marine has cut beginner saturation rates from 750 and day to 450 a day, and has also lowered its entry level wages for tenders from 16 and hour to 14 an hour, but surely havent cut there rates for clients. This is pretty sad these wages are only obtained by being offshore in which the company is making the same amount of money but they believe since it is so slow in the industry that they can lower the pay standards of the diving industry. These problems are also partly to blame on the younger generation and or inexperianced workers we bring into this industry that will do the same job for less everytime one of us settles for less we are cutting our own throughts.


this was not the first straw companies cut safety, incentive, and retierment programs across the board everyone was upset but when the phone rings everyone is eager to go to work at some point the risk will not be worth the reward and hopefully employees will stand together agaist these type of disrespectfull cuts no diving personnel in the GOM available and able to work the entire year should be making under $60,000.00 a year

Nigerian Scams

Posted by Amanda on August 6, 2012 at 3:55 AM Comments comments (0)

Be very aware of a Nigerian scams offering Job Opportunities for mainly senior personnel like Client Reps. They are very Good and must have integral knowledge of the business or even be on the inside. The are using Shell, Chevron, Nigerian Immigration and Nicon Insurance names to make it look very legit. They are also using Agip Oil and are coming from a UK based Engineering company , yes very professional so look out for this.

SubseaSA Toolbags

Posted by Amanda on July 29, 2012 at 5:20 AM Comments comments (0)

Diver Deaths

Posted by Amanda on July 23, 2012 at 4:55 AM Comments comments (0)

So far this year I understand that worldwide, there have been over 30 deaths of commercial divers.


Here are just three of them that happened in Spain/Portugal:


DATE: 7th June 2011

NAME: David Mato Garrido

AGE: 30 years old

LOCATION: Acuinova Fish Farm. Coimbra. Portugal




DATE: 5th June 2011

NAME: Julio Dacosta Gallo

AGE: 52 years old

LOCATION: Santurces docks. Vizcaya. Spain

COMPANY: Jerez e Hijos, C.B.



DATE: 23rd March 2011

NAME : Javier Diaz Macias

AGE : 26 years old

LOCATION: Los Melonares Dam. Seville. Spain

COMPANY: Macpherson Servicios Subacuáticos

CLIENT: Agencia Andaluza del Agua


7th June, David Garrido seems to have been on SCUBA and got sucked up a water inlet pipe and drowned in the hour it took to get a recovery diver to him.

4th June, Julio Gallo was cleaning the propeller of a tug when 'somebody' started her up, his colleague (Andres) on the other side of the prop was injured but blown clear, Gallo got sucked through the blades and got well chopped.

23rd March, Javier Macias was working (upstream) on a dam, his body was recovered downstream, it looks like he went through the spillway.


I am going to try to get details of the others, and post them here. This is something for everyone to think about. And the big question:


What can WE do to help prevent this?

This post has been edited by Mark Longstreath: 15 June 2011 - 06:45 AM

Reason for edit: Added updated details


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