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News and information about the underwater industry - from divers to rovs.

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    Prominent diver - Richard Radecki - passes away.

    Long time CSA Standards member Richard Radecki - known affectionately as the "Ragman" to those that knew him, passed away Saturday July 23, 2005. Known for his vast knowledge of diving operations and procedures, he was a valuable contributor to the CSA Diving regulations. He will be truly missed.

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    Carleton Life Support Technologies – the company that builds rebreathers for the military – has released their popular new 2006 Calendar Screen saver. The screen saver shows the latest in stealth rebreathers used by the military – plus the way the screensaver is set up, it shows the full 2006 calendar year. Yours for the download (zipped file  - 5 meg.). Click here to download

    ST. JOHN'S - The provincial government has backed down - but just for the rest of this season - on a dispute with the sea urchin industry. Government Services Minister Dianne Whalen says a rule requiring sea urchin crews to include a dedicated safety diver will not be enforced this year. However, Whalen says the province will apply the rule next year. Commercial divers and sea urchin harvesters say the province's rule has put the industry in jeopardy.

    (Newfoundland) Government Services Minister Dianne Whalen today impressed upon the occupational diving industry the importance of competency requirements and training to ensure the safety of divers in this province.

    Government adopted the Canadian Standards Association (CSA) Competency Standard for Diving Operations in March 2004 after years of consultation and a two-year notice period. The Workplace Health and Safety Compensation Commission (WHSCC) entered into an agreement with the Marine Institute to establish courses in 2002 specifically designed to meet the requirements of the new regulations and accommodate the training needs of the seafood harvesting and aquaculture industry.

    TGH has purchased a new rectangular, four-door, 6ATA state-of-the-art Hyperbaric chamber from Fink Engineering. This will be the first of its kind in Canada. Read more - click on link.

    Commercial diver dies in Bull Bay.

    ST. JOHN'S A commercial diver working in Bay Bulls drowned on the job Tuesday.Police say the 45-year-old male diver was hired to work on moorings. He drowned just before 11:30 a.m.The man's name has not yet been released. Police believe the drowning was an accident, but they won't say exactly what happened. One of the local boat operators tried to help, says Cpl. Jim Clifford of the RCMP.
    "The gentleman, we understand, was a contract diver, working on some moorings out here in the harbour in Bay Bulls. The gentleman's body was recovered in the harbor shortly after the accident," he says. Occupational Health and Safety is also investigating the accident.

    In an open letter to UnderwaterINDUSTRY, dive contractor Bob Bartlett states "Diving in contaminated waters in Newfoundland has been a hot topic for quite some time. The bungling of this issue by the department of Occupational Health and Safety stems back to Aug. of 1999 when my company had a contract to do pile repairs at the Seal Head Wharf in Corner Brook."  ... Read more on this open letter to the Industry.

    A St. John's commercial diver says more stringent regulations for working in a contaminated St. John's harbour is just part of the cost of doing business. Read more .......................

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