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May Company Spotlight - U. S. Underwater Services, LLC

U. S. Underwater Services, LLC: Deeply Committed To Excellence

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U. S. Underwater Services, LLC

Deeply Committed to Excellence

For over 20 years, U.S. Underwater Services, LLC has provided commercial diving, inspection, repair, and maintenance services to industry sectors such as oil and gas, shipping, municipal works, power generation, construction, engineering, defense, and marine infrastructure.

From its 50,000 sq. ft facility in Mansfield, Texas, U.S. Underwater Services manages all of its business operations, sales, equipment maintenance, and product fabrication. The facility also boasts a 22,500 gallon multi-level training tank that is used for certifying underwater welders, ROV and non-destructive testing training operations, underwater videography techniques, equipment and product testing, emergency drills, and demonstrations. This training tank has also been utilized by other companies for the purposes of R&D, product demonstration, and to familiarize company representatives on safe diving techniques. Visitors and client representatives have the opportunity to view these activities from several vantage points—via large portholes, live feed video, or from the surface.

Safety First

Since 1996, U.S. Underwater Services has been an active member of the Association of Diving Contractors International (ADCI), a professional association that promotes best industry practice with respect to the health and safety of commercial divers and underwater operations worldwide.

Additionally, the company is involved in several industry groups that focus on diver safety and training. One example is the U.S. GoM Diving Safety Workgroup, a non-competitive and non-commercial group of oil and gas operators, transmission companies, commercial diving companies, and industry stake holders that promote safe diving practices in the Gulf of Mexico.

U. S. Underwater Services has been audited by several major oil and gas operators as well as drilling contractors, power generation companies, and government entities to ensure that their operations meet the industry’s most stringent safety standards.

Experience Matters

For over 15 years, U.S. Underwater Services has been the leader in MODU inspection, repair, and maintenance services in the Gulf of Mexico.

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However, some of the other services that they provide include certified underwater welding; platform and pipeline inspection and repair; site surveys; site clearance and debris removal; NDT services; vessel husbandry; diver- supported dredging; and the refurbishment of coastal structures such as docks, piles, and piers.

The company continually invests in its equipment, training, and facilities in order to expand its capabilities and maintain its reputation as a leading and trusted provider of commercial diving services, both inland and offshore. Combining state-of-the-art equipment and extensive industry experience, U.S. Underwater Services has the capability to complete projects of any scale.

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April Feature Story - Survival Systems USA, Inc.

The Skill To Survive: Survival Systems USA Provides The Ultimate High-Tech Training To Prepare For Real-World Dangers

By:Rhonda Moniz

Survival Systems USA, Inc. is an employee owned company in Groton, Connecticut dedicated to safety and survival education. The family of companies was established in the1980s in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia after Canadian pilot and founder Albert Bohemier survived a plane crash.He credited his survival to the training he received while in the military.

April Editorial Focus - AutoNaut

Passive Acoustic Monitoring By USV: Wave-Propelled AutoNaut Comes Of Age

By: Phil Johnston, AutoNaut Ltd.

Recent years have seen an explosion in the number of applications for unmanned surface vessels (USVs), including a game-changing solution for Passive Acoustic Monitoring (PAM) detection of whales or submarines, the AutoNaut.

Low noise, high mobility, and long mission duration are key requirements for acoustic surveys. These are areas where AutoNaut is particularly capable, enabling the measurement of underwater sound and monitoring of marine mammals, which are two tasks in high demand from both the commercial and academic sectors. For defence purposes, the same capabilities mean proficiency in listening for submarines.

From the Field - TE SubCom

TE SubCom: An Interview With Mark Enright, Vice President, Customer Solutions

By: Rhonda Moniz

TE SubCom, a TE Connectivity Ltd. Company, announced in January that it has begun manufacturing C+L optical transmission technology, a significant advancement for cable system operators seeking ultra-wide, low-latency transmission.

Ocean News & Technology recently spoke with Mark Enright, vice president, customer solutions at TE SubCom about this new development in undersea fiber optic technology.

April Company Spotlight - Kystdesign AS

Kystdesign AS: 20 Years’ Experience In The Deep

Subsea company Kystdesign AS has had the Norwegian continental shelf as its nearest neighbor for 20 years and has demonstrated the ability to deliver complete ROV solutions to the oil and energy industry at a time of rapid change in the market in terms of both water depths and technological demands.

Evolutions In Subsea Fiber Optic Connectors: A Review Of Historical Uses And Preview Of The Future

By: John Flynn

Optical fiber has enabled greater bandwidth, more safety, and more configurability in subsea oil and gas systems. Wet-mate connector evolution launched widespread fiber use in the early 1990s, while the development of high-pressure fiber penetrations increased the reach of optics into subsea wells and pressure vessels in the early 2000s. Advancements in optical connector design, such as angled endfaces, have recently enabled a new era of optical sensing.

North Sea Pathways: Digital Oilfields To Ultra-Secure Data Centers

By: Brian Lavallée

Tampnet is a Norwegian-based global operator of oilfield telecommunications, wholesale capacity, and mobile LTE services. Tampnet operates the largest offshore multi-terabit, low-latency optical network in the North Sea, which reliably serves over 240 offshore assets such mobile rigs; floating production, storage, and offloading (FPSO) platforms; and exploration rigs. Reliable, high-speed, low-latency network services are the primary goals of their network, which includes 2,500 km of subsea fiber optic links, multiple strategically located 4G LTE base stations, and a multitude of traditional point-to-point radio links. The state-of-the-art optical network employs an all-optical Colorless-Directionless-Contentionless (CDC) design that achieves the lowest latency possible with a Layer 0 Control Plane that is both OTN and mesh capable for sub-100G services rates.

March Company Spotlight - EvoLogics

EU SWARMs: Intelligent Cooperation Of Underwater Vehicles With Evologics Modems

By:Maria Pleskach

EvoLogics GmbH, Berlin, Germany, designs and manufactures underwater information and communication systems as well as smart robotic solutions. The company’s core technologies stem from bionic concepts that fuse state-of-the-art engineering with the best ideas found in nature. EvoLogics’ “ecosystem” of products includes several series of underwater acoustic modems, underwater positioning systems (USBL, LBL, SBL), and an advanced framework for developers. Development, research, and innovation are the cornerstones of the company—it is an active collaborator of several EU-funded projects, focusing the efforts on communication and positioning for distributed underwater networks.

Sonardyne Sentinel: Closing The Gap In Underwater Situational Awareness

By: Rhonda Moniz

Due to their strategic and economic importance, critical national infrastructure (CNI) such as nuclear power plants, dams, LNG terminals, and offshore oil platforms represent attractive targets for sabotage. While these CNI installations have stringent above-the-water security measures, including physical barriers, access control, radar, and long-range opto-electrical sensors, they are not generally equipped to detect intrusions from below the water. That’s why constant, real-time underwater monitoring using a diver detection sonar (DDS) can help ensure a facility is fully protected.


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