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The International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) has published the following documents from August to October: Marine guidelines: IMCA M117 - Code of practice for the training and experience of key DP personnel IMCA M149 - Common marine inspection document IMCA M167 - Guidance on the IMCA eCMID system IMCA M189 - Common marine inspection document for small workboats (Marine inspection for small workboats) IMCA M190 - Code of practice for developing and conducting DP annual trials programmes. IMCA M194 - Recommended practice on wire rope integrity management for vessels in the offshore industry. IMCA M223 - Guidance for the positioning of dynamically positioned (DP) jack-up vessels on and off the seabed. IMCA M264 - IMCA Code of practice for offshore cable laying in the renewable energy industry. Diving guidelines IMCA D003 - Guidelines for oxy-arc cutting IMCA D006 - Guidance on diving operations in the vicinity of pipelines. IMCA D 014 - IMCA international code of practice for offshore diving. IMCA D017 - Lost bell survival IMCA D0045 - Code of practice for the safe use of electricity under water. IMCA D065 - Guidance on the use of whip checks (hose restraints). IMCA D079 - Subsea Power Cables IMCA D080 - Requirements for IMCA-Approved Trainee Dive System Inspector Training Courses. IMCA D081 - Accredited Diving System Inspector Certification Scheme. Health. Safety, Security, & Environment (HSSE, formerly SEL) IMCA HSSE014 - Guidance on travel security. IMCA HSSE019 - Recommended practice on wire rope integrity management for vessels in the offshore industry. Lifting & rigging IMCA LR001 - Recommended practice on wire rope integrity management for vessels in the offshore industry. Offshore survey IMCA S004 - Common marine inspection document for small workboats (Marine inspection for small workboats). ROV division IMCA R002 - Requirements for IMCA-approved ROV introductory training courses.
The Undersea & Hyperbaric Medical Society (UHMS) publishes documents that are free of charge for its members only and can be purchased by non-members at this address: journal-pdfs.html New documents are published every trimester. The following documents were published in September.
“Hyperbaric oxygen therapy for central retinal artery occlusion: Visual acuity and time to treatment” Authors: Deidre St. Peter, David Na, Kinjal Sethuraman, Michaela Kunz Mathews, Albert S. Li,
“A randomized trial of one versus three hyperbaric oxygen sessions for acute carbon monoxide poisoning” Authors: Lindell K. Weaver, Kayla Deru, Susan Churchill, Antonietta Russo.
“Wireless point-of-care ultrasound in a multiplace hyperbaric chamber” Authors: Hideaki L. Tanaka, Anthony J. Medak, Jay Duchnick, Peter Lindholm,
“Case report of CT-guided lung biopsy complicated by air embolism” Authors: Dazhi Guo, Dongtao, Li Ruijun Xue, Yan Lv, Shuyi Pan.
“Hyperbaric oxygen treatment for paracentral acute middle maculopathy: a case study” Authors: Robert J. Neiberger, Edward T. Waters.
“Hyperbaric oxygen mitigates KIM-1 and inflammatory cytokine levels in kidney transplantation” Authors: Başak Büyük, & Özlem Öztopuz.
“From UPTD to ESOT: Monitoring hyperoxic exposure in surface-oriented diving” Authors: Jan Risberg, Pieter-Jan van Ooij, Lyubisa Matity,
“Cerebral arterial gas embolism and neurogenic stunned myocardium in a previously healthy freediver” Authors: Tyler J. Baldino, Mei S. Goh,
Announcements from various professional and safety organizations, and lists of scientific and technical paid documents published between August and October.
The Marine Technology Society has recently published the following articles:
The key benefits of Manned Underwater Vehicles for solving subsea challenges. This small 1 page article aims to promote the use of manned underwater vehicles as suggested by its title.
About cutting procedures We note that two organizations, IOGP and IMCA, have recently published cutting procedure guidelines (which may be an indicator that both organizations are closely linked). On our side, we continue to recommend the publications from Francis Hermans, as they are among the most well-documented regarding these activities and are of a technical level above the documents from the two organizations mentioned above. These papers are in our database (see in “Diving and ROV procedures”) and can be downloaded by clicking on the text and covers of the descriptions below. Note that the US Navy “Underwater cutting and welding manual” is also available in our database..
“Influence of oxygen purity in underwater cutting”. Published in 2019 This document discusses whether cutting is possible with an oxygen purity lower than the usual recommended 99.5%.
“Explosiveness of the underwater residual cutting gasses Part 1: Freshwater”. Year of publication: 2019 This document describes various tests carried out in freshwater to check the flammability and/or explosiveness of the residual gases produced during cutting with exothermic electrodes.
“Underwater Cutting Explosions Causes / Effects / Consequences & Prevention” Year of publication: 2021 This document, which has no scientific vocation, explains the causes, effects, and consequences of these accidents to prevent them from happening.
The US Navy “Underwater cutting and welding manual” discusses all the cutting and welding procedures that can be used for the operations mentioned above and, thus, remains a reference to be considered alongside the documents from Francis Hermans.
The South Pacific Underwater Medicine Society (SPUMS), jointly with the European Underwater and Baromedical Society (EUBS), published the following paid articles in the third issue, Volume 53, of their journal Issue 3, available now via society login or through this internet address: an-embargoed-article. Hyperbaric oxygen treatment in children: experience in 329 patients. Author: Aydin F. Selecting optimal air diving gradient factors for Belgian military divers: more conservative settings are not necessarily safer. Authors: De Ridder S, Pattyn N, Neyt X, Germonpré P. Atypical distally distributed cutis marmorata decompression sickness associated with unconventional use of thermal protection in a diver with persistent foramen ovale. Authors: Magri Gatt P, Diacono E, Matity L, Magri K. Self-reported vitality and health status are higher in Dutch submariners than in the general population. Authors: Houtkooper A, Wingelaar TT, Endert EL, van Ooij PJAM Contemporary practices of blood glucose management in diabetic patients: a survey of hyperbaric medicine units in Australia and New Zealand. Authors: Laupland BR, Laupland K, Thistlethwaite K, Webb R. Snorkelling and breath-hold diving fatalities in Australian waters, 2014 to 2018. Author: Lippmann J. Investigation into the effect of hyperbaric hyperoxia on serum cardiac Troponin T levels as a biomarker of cardiac injury. Authors: Marjot J, Mackenzie J, Jepson N, Reeves E, Bennett M A retrospective review of divers treated for inner ear decompression sickness at Fiona Stanley Hospital. Authors: Mason JS, Buzzacott P, Gawthrope IC, Banham ND. Carbon monoxide poisoning: lest we forget. Authors: Mathew B, Laden G. A retrospective review of the utility of Chest X-rays in diving and submarine medical examinations. Authors: Meintjes WAJ, Davids LR, van Wijk CH. Agreement between ultrasonic bubble grades using a handheld self-positioning Doppler product and 2D cardiac ultrasound. Authors: Metelkina A, Barbaud A. Commentary on Plogmark, et al. REPLY to: Commentary on Plogmark, et al. Agreement between ultrasonic bubble grades using a handheld self-positioning Doppler product and 2D cardiac ultrasound. Authors: Plogmark O, Hjelte C, Ekström M, Frånberg O Diving with psychotropic medication: review of the literature and clinical considerations. Authors: Querido AL, Ebbelaar CF, Wingelaar TT. These articles are paid for one year, execpt for registered members of EUBS and SPUMS. Passed the one year embargo, the articles are free of charge, and can be downloaded through this link: embargoed/full-journals Note that many of these articles are published through other organizations and are also integrated in our database.
Undersea & Hyperbaric Medical Society (UHMS)
South Pacific Underwater Medicine Society (SPUMS) & European Underwater and Baromedical Society (EUBS)
International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA)
Marine Technology Society
In appendix 1, “Saturation diving” of the document IOGP 411, it is said: “Any SDC (Bell) to contain equipment that can measure H2S and hydrocarbon contamination of an equivalent or greater specification to the Analox Hypergas. This equipment to be capable of alarming and notifying both the Surface Diving Supervisor and the SDC inhabitants of contamination of the breathing atmosphere”. Contrary to what this document suggests, the Analox Hypergas does not detect H2S. Refer to the UK HSE report 030, "Development of the ANALOX Hyper-Gas Diving Bell Monitor", by Valerie Flook below. Click on the cover or the text of presentation to download it. Similar information can be found on the manufacturer's website: Based on this IOGP guidance, many divers, diving supervisors, and client representatives think they are protected from this gas, which is untrue. That is proof that we must ensure that guidelines are correctly written and based on scientific documents, which is not the case with this IOGP document that, according to the study, CCO Ltd. #9 below should be definitively withdrawn from publication and never used by companies. Regarding the numerous reasons that guidelines can be incorrectly written, read our post, "About Standards", in the rubric "Food for thought". This document is also the "Diving Management Study #12".