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Diver injures his finger in attempt to close bell door

As IMCA informs, a diver had a major injury to his finger that could cause possible infection if he had not been decompressed. While the dive team was attempting to close a bell door, the door moved and pinched him causing a deep cut to his finger. 

Watch: New record dive by Russian Divers

Russian military divers dived in the Sea of Japan for the first time in the history of the Russian Navy and reached the depth of 416 meters. With the help of a diving complex they went into the depth, where they examined the underwater water area. They also conducted a training session on connecting the air supply hoses.

Diver dies after complications during subsea lifting operation

As IMCA informs, during the removal of a spool at 172msw, divers were conducting lift bag operations to relocate the spool to a wet store location. During the operation a series of events took place, which resulted in a diver’s death. Investigations into the cause of the incident are currently underway.

US funds research for warmer wetsuit to increase Navy dive time

Diving in icy water is extremely dangerous to humans. To protect US Navy divers operating in freezing conditions, the US Office of Naval Research is sponsoring work to design a wetsuit mirroring the insulating properties of animal blubber, allowing divers to swim in frozen waters for longer periods of time.

Water jet gun fails and injures diver

As IMCA notes, a saturation diver suffered a lost time injury to his left arm during subsea high-pressure water jetting operations. The incident took place when the water jet gun failed, and a part came off the gun. A mixture of causes led to this accident. Equipment failure, improper training and maintenance all played a significant role.

Diver Zhong Haifeng awarded 2018 IMO Award for Exceptional Bravery At Sea

IMO awarded the 2018 IMO Award for Exceptional Bravery At Sea to Zhong Haifeng. Mr. Zhong is a rescue diver from China who made a series of underwater dives to rescue three people, when the cargo ship ‘MV Jin Ze Lun’ sank after colliding with another ship in Guangzhou Port, China, in the early morning of 27 November 2017.

IMCA: Unauthorized repairs at diving equipment not recommended

IMCA informed of an unapproved repair of diver gas supply. A diver umbilical assembly was returned from a diving support vessel (DSV) to a shore-based workshop. During the demobilisation of the umbilical assembly, a repair was noticed on the diver gas supply hose. IMCA notes that repairs to a diver gas supply umbilical are not considered good practice.

Australia investigates diving complaints in Ichthys project

After receiving a notification in November 2017 regarding a dangerous situation during saturation diving operations by DOF Subsea Australia, as part of the Ichthys project, Australia’s offshore regulator, the National Offshore Petroleum Safety and Environmental Management Authority started an investigation.

Euronav to refloat grounded vessel

Euronav ship management announced that contracted SMIT Singapore Pte Ltd. and PT Samudera Indonesia, to undertake the refloating operation of its M/T ALEX crude oil tanker, which was involved in a grounding incident occurred on April 12th.

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