Saturday, January 22, 2005


Underwater Intervention International Conference


The Underwater Intervention Committee is currently accepting abstracts for technical papers to be presented at the upcoming UI 2005 event, which will be held Feb. 14-16, 2005 at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Technical program papers, panels and tutorial sessions are expected to be expansive and reflect the diversity of the international underwater industry.

Authors interested in submitting papers should email a 50 word abstract directly to The deadline for submission is July 15, 2004.

You may now view abstracts from the UI 2004 Technical Program:
- AUV Track
- Diving Track
- Manned Submersibles Track
- Marine Technology Track
- NOAA Track
- Offshore Operations Track
- ROV Track
- US Navy Track
- Shipwrecks Track


UI 2004 Shipwrecks Track

The Art of Search and Recovery
Steve Saint-AmourThis paper will discuss the intricacies of search and recovery of lost objects. Items that will be discussed will be the development of the ROV and sidescan as search and recovery tools, federal agency loss planning, loss data evaluation, inter-agency cooperation and search plan development.

We will also discuss the process by which a turnkey search and recovery mission is planned and the factors that are considered in the initiation of the plan.

Also we will discuss the factors by which the appropriate salvage equipment is identified as well as the various types of equipment and their use. We will walk through an actual case study, the recovery of a F-14B and a SH-60 Helicopter lost during separate operations in the Eastern Mediterranean by Phoenix International in 2002.

We will conclude with a lessons learned and the difficulties encountered during at sea search and recovery missions.

Prestige Wreck Survey In 4000m
Ian FlorenceThis paper covers the survey of the two sections of the Prestige oil tanker, which sunk in 4,000m off Spain, focusing on the challenges of integrating an underwater navigation system that was accurate to +/-20cm relative and +/-5m absolute and the integration of this with an ROV-mounted multibeam.

The paper also looks at the post-processing software that did not have a front end for the user and asks if we are becoming an industry that just wants "next, next, finish" without really understanding the process.

Underwater Pollution Intervention: Subsurface Petroleum Product Recovery
Mauricio Garrido, Titan Maritime, LLCTim Beaver, Global Diving & Salvage, Inc.The inefficiency and high cost of open water recovery of spilled petroleum products is well known.

Damage to coastline habitat and wildlife from sea-borne pollution causes outcry from environmentalists and the general public.

The benefits of removing oil contained in sunken vessels is easily proven, but often overlooked. This paper presents several case studies where SPPR activities performed by ADC members removed hundreds of tons of potential pollutants from entering the marine environment, illustrating techniques whereby the presence of oil within vessels is assessed.

The environmental community needs to know that our industry is ready and able to respond to such demands, and the diving community needs to bring their expertise to bear on these pressing environmental challenges.

UNESCO and Underwater Cultural Heritage
Dr. Eke BoestenAfter four years of negotiations, the Convention for the Protection of the Underwater Cultural Heritage was adopted by UNESCO's General Conference by 87 states in November 2001.

The Convention covers underwater cultural heritage submerged for at least 100 years in territorial waters. Many people feared its impact, especially as draft provisions seemed contrary to the current law of the sea, impossible to implement, and unlikely to meet the objective that underwater cultural heritage should benefit humankind as a whole. This paper presents an overview and update on the situation.

Commercial Diving Operations During Salvage and Pollution Response OperationsLCDR.
Jim Elliott, US Coast Guard, Gulf Strike TeamOil spill response personnel encounter commercial diving operations during salvage and pollution response operations.

During an oil spill or hazardous substance release, the National Contingency Plan requires that response operations, including commercial diving operations, be conducted in accordance with OSHA requirements.

Additionally, the US Coast Guard requires that commercial diving contractors meet their own commercial diving regulations (46 CFR 197) during response operations. Incident commanders and safety officers should ensure that an inspection of the on-site diving operation is conducted to confirm that commercial diving personnel, operations, and equipment meet the applicable regulations.

This technical paper provides guidance to response personnel on the inspection of commercial diving operations during marine response operations and an overview of the equipment used to protect divers in contaminated waters. Additionally, this guidance provides checklists to facilitate the inspection of commercial diving operations to protect the health and safety of commercial divers.

Pioneering Technology in Water Depths Greater than 10,000 feet
Moya Crawford, Deeptek LtdThe cost-effective delivery of power, precision and lift to deepwater operations requires a synthesis of technologies.

It necessitates the use of high-voltage power transmission to overcome voltage drop, single mode fiber optics to transmit data and signals, and the harnessing of new materials such as the man-made fiber, high- modulus polyethylene, to overcome the self-weight penalty of steel.

On a record-breaking project in excess of 10,000 feet of water, innovative and patented Winder technology was married to proven salvage techniques to cut access through five deck levels and recover valuable material from a Bullion Room measuring 24 ft long by 4 feet wide. This onsite proof of capability paves the way for application of the equipment within the oil and gas industry.

Hazard Awareness in Ship Salvage Diving
Richard Radecki, Divers Institute of Technology.

Every salvage operation begins with an in-depth survey of internal and external damage.

Once a detailed salvage and contingency plan has been developed, a risk assessment process must be performed to protect the divers who will be working in hazardous environments.

This awareness process must encompass every task and phase of the operation to support the salvage plan - be it on the surface or below the water line.

This presentation outlines risk assessment processes that must examine weight handling, rigging, cargoes, hazardous material handling, hot work around fuels, and flammable cargoes.

The underwater phase of the risk assessment process must look at structural collapses, entrapment, underwater welding and burning, hazardous cargos, confined space work, toxic spaces, hook-ups to remove fuel ships bunkers and cargo oils, or any other type of work that may present a hazard to the divers. All plans must be reviewed for medical emergencies, medical evacuation procedures, and treatment options.

Refloating Sunken Vessels
Alina Pellón, Antillana de Salvamento ComercialThis paper presents automated techniques for refloating sunken vessels.

Underwater Intervention's Technical Program offers three days of presentations, panels and tutorials on commercial diving, ROV and AUV topics related to: Offshore Oil & Gas, Marine Construction, Shipwreck Exploration, Submarine Cable Networks, Sonar and Survey, Hydroelectric Energy, and Marine Salvage.

It is the premiere international conference of interest to the underwater contracting community.

Check back here for a complete listing of technical program sessions and papers.

Authors can access a downloadable Guide to Manuscript Preparation and Copyright Form in PDF format.

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