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Announcements and lists of scientific and technical paid documents from various organizations published between mid-November 2023 and mid-February 2024
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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 April 2024.
In-field use of I-VED electrical impedance sensor for assessing post-dive decompression stress in humans Authors: Sotiris P. Evgenidis, Konstantinos Zacharias, Virginie Papadopoulou, Sigrid Theunissen, Costantino Balestra, Thodoris D. Karapantsios
Transcutaneous oximetry values in chronic ulcer patients during Hyperbaric treatment at 1.4 ATA compared to 2 ATA Authors: Ram A Sack, Yoav Yechezkel Pikkel, Ortal Leitner Shemy, Yitzhak Ramon, Yehuda Ullmann, Assaf A Zeltzer
Pneumothorax during manned chamber operations: A summary of reported cases Authors: Richard E. Clarke, Keith Van Meter
Medical and surgical management of pneumothorax in diving and hyperbaric chambers Author: Richard E. Clarke, Keith Van Meter
Physical and Physiological Predictors Determining the Maximal Static Apnea Diving Time of Male Freedivers Authors: Dal-Woo Lee, Hongwei Yang, Jeong-sun Ju
Outcomes after pancreaticoduodenectomy with or without preoperative hyperbaric oxygen therapy Authors: Ryan A Gall, Rahman R Rahimi
Arterial Gas Embolism in Breath-Hold Diver Authors: Ryan A Gall, Rahman R Rahimi
Relation between resting spleen volume and apnea-induced increases in hemoglobin mass Authors: Jason M. Keeler, Hayden W. Hess, Erica Tourula, Robert F. Chapman, Blair D. Johnson, Zachary J. Schlader
Barodontalgia during hyperbaric oxygen therapy of an 8-year-old male: A case report Authors: Melisa Öçbe, Selin Gamze Sümen, Büşra Dilara Altun, Asım Dumlu
Decompression sickness followed by diabetic ketoacidosis and sepsis shock: an unusual case report Authors: Dr. Anwei Liu, Xiaogan Hou, Jing Nie, Dr. Qiang Wen, Dr. Zhiguo Pan
Undersea & Hyperbaric Medical Society (UHMS)
The South Pacific Underwater Medicine Society (SPUMS), in collaboration with the European Underwater and Baromedical Society (EUBS), published the following paid articles in the first issue of Volume 54 of their journal in March 2024. These articles are now accessible through the society login or via the internet address below: article. Effect of hyperbaric oxygen treatment on ischaemia-reperfusion injury in rats detorsioned after experimental ovarian torsion. Authors: Bulutlar E, Yilmaz A, Uluutku Bulutlar GB, Aslan Y, Bozdağ HN, Küçükodaci Z. Equipoise: an important ethical consideration when contemplating participation in a randomised controlled trial of hyperbaric oxygen treatment in necrotising soft tissue infections. Author: Devaney B. Hyperbaric oxygen treatment for infants: retrospective analysis of 54 patients treated in two tertiary care centres. Authors: Ozgok Kangal K, Mirasoglu B. Efficacy of searching in biomedical databases beyond MEDLINE in identifying randomised controlled trials on hyperbaric oxygen treatment. Authors: Khan K, Islam MS, Kaur M, Burns JK, Etherington C, Dion P-M, Alsayadi S, Boet S. Time to shock people. Authors: Laden G, Mathew B, Ananthasayanam A. Response to Laden et al. Authors: Tabner A, Johnson G, Bryson P on behalf of the authorship team. Secondary deterioration in a patient with cerebral and coronary arterial gas embolism after brief symptom resolution: a case report. Authors: Tsushima R, Mori K, Imaki S. Chain of events analysis in diving accidents treated by the Royal Netherlands Navy 1966-2023. Authors: Turner BL, van Ooij P-JAM, Wingelaar TT, van Hulst RA, Endert EL, Clarijs P, Hoencamp R. Reported outcome measures in necrotising soft tissue infections: a systematic review. Authors: Wackett J, Devaney B, Chau R, Ho J, King N, Grewal J, Armstrong J, Mitra B. Hyperbaric oxygen for the treatment of carbon monoxide-induced delayed neurological sequelae: a case report and review of the literature. Authors: Wong ZKR, Teo CKA, Kwek JWM, Kim SJ, See HG. 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: journals Note that many of these articles are published through other organizations and are also integrated in our database.
South Pacific Underwater Medicine Society (SPUMS)
The Marine Technology Society (MTS) has several technical committees that publish guidelines. The latest edition of the Journal is the volume 57, number 4, published in December 2023. The following articles can be downloaded:
Marine Technology Society
The International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) published numerous documents from February to the end of April 2024. Many of these documents are revisions of recently published or updated guidelines. Marine guidelines: IMCA M 103 - Guidelines for the design and operation of dynamically positioned vessels IMCA M 119 - Fires in (DP) vessels IMCA M 134 - A comparison of moored and dynamically positioned diving support vessels IMCA M 140 - Specification for DP capability plots IMCA M 159 - Guidance on thruster-assisted station keeping by FPSOs and similar turret-moored vessels IMCA M 163 - Guidelines for the quality assurance and quality control of software IMCA M 165 - Dynamic positioning station keeping review – incidents reported for 2000 IMCA D 181 - Analysis of station keeping incident data 1994-2003 IMCA M 186 - Station keeping incidents reported for 2005 IMCA M 191 - Code of practice for DP annual trials for mobile offshore drilling units IMCA M 192 - Dynamic positioning station keeping review – Incidents reported for 2006 IMCA M 197 - Guidance on examination of steel wire rope through magnetic rope testing (MRT) IMCA M 198 - Dynamic positioning station keeping review – Incidents reported for 2007 IMCA M 200 - Deep water acoustic positioning IMCA M 202 - Guidance on the transfer of personnel to and from offshore vessels and structures IMCA M 204 - Vessel assurance IMCA M 207 - Dynamic positioning station keeping review – incidents reported for 2008 IMCA M 211 - Dynamic positioning station keeping review – incidents reported for 2009 IMCA M 216 - Thruster integrity management guidance IMCA M 218 - Dynamic positioning station keeping review – incidents reported for 2010 IMCA M 227 - Dynamic positioning station keeping review – incidents reported for 2011 IMCA M 228 - Dynamic positioning station keeping review – incidents reported for 2012 IMCA M 230 - Station keeping incidents reported for 2013 IMCA M 231 - Station keeping incidents reported for 2014 IMCA M 232 - Standardised boat landing research report IMCA M 233 - Station keeping incidents reported for 2015 IMCA M 234 - Research on personal locator beacons IMCA M 237 - Guidance on the selection, safe use and inspection of high performance fibre slings used for engineered lifts IMCA M 239 - Introduction to marine emissions IMCA M 240 - Introduction to ballast water management IMCA M 242 - Guidance on satellite-based positioning systems for offshore applications IMCA M 243 - DP station keeping review – incidents and events reported for 2016 IMCA M 244 - Guidance on vessel USBL systems for use in offshore survey, positioning and DP operations IMCA M 246 - Dynamic positioning station keeping review – incidents and events reported for 2017 IMCA M247 - Guidance to identify DP system components and their failure modes IMCA M 248 - Station keeping incidents reported for 2018 IMCA M 249 - DP practitioner accreditation scheme handbook IMCA M 250 - Introduction to hybrid battery systems for DP vessels IMCA M 251 - DP station keeping review – incidents and events reported for 2019 IMCA M 252 - Guidance on position reference systems and sensors for DP operations IMCA M 253 - IMCA code of practice for offshore pipeline and umbilical installation systems IMCA M 256 - Dynamic positioning station keeping review – incidents and events reported for 2020 IMCA M 257 - Safe and efficient use of an uncrewed surface vessel (USV) IMCA M 258 - Dynamic positioning station keeping review – incidents and events reported for 2021 IMCA M 259 - Guidelines for the management of DP system network storms IMCA M 260 - The hazards of using hold-back vessels during DP operations IMCA M 267 - IMCA eCMID system annual report 2023/24 inspection findings and report quality assurance Health. Safety, Security, & Environment IMCA HSSE 014 - Guidance on travel security IMCA HSSE 016 - Guidance on the investigation and reporting of incidents IMCA HSSE 023 - Guidance on examination of steel wire rope through magnetic rope testing (MRT) IMCA HSSE 025 - Guidance on the transfer of personnel to and from offshore vessels and structures IMCA HSSE 033 - Guidance on occupational health IMCA HSSE 040 - Guidance on drug & alcohol policies and testing IMCA HSSE 041 - Standardised boat landing research report IMCA HSSE 046 - Fires in (DP) vessels IMCA HSSE 047 - First response and other emergency drills Diving division IMCA D 007 - Overboard scaffolding operations and their effect on diving safety IMCA D 008 - Guidance on testing of through-water communications IMCA D 011 - Guidance on auditing of diving systems IMCA D 012 - Guidance on stainless steel in oxygen systems IMCA D 015 - Mobile/portable/daughtercraft surface supplied systems IMCA D 017 - Lost bell survival IMCA D 025 - Guidance on installation based diving operations and the evacuation of divers from installations IMCA D 027 - Marking of hyperbaric rescue systems designed to float in water IMCA D 029 - Experience and employment profile of diving personnel: Profile for 2000 IMCA D 030 - Surface supplied mixed gas diving operations IMCA D 031 - Cleaning for oxygen service: Setting up facilities and procedures IMCA D 032 - Cross-hauling of bells IMCA D 035 - The selection of vessels of opportunity for diving operations IMCA D 036 - Neurological assessment of a diver IMCA D 039 - FME(C)A guide for diving systems IMCA D 041 - Use of battery-operated equipment in hyperbaric conditions IMCA D 043 - Marking and colour coding of gas cylinders, quads and banks for diving applications IMCA D 047 - Acrylic plastic viewports IMCA D 055 - Prevention of explosions during battery charging in relation to diving systems IMCA D 055 - Oil lubricated compressors IMCA D 062 - Pressure gauges and other forms of pressure monitoring equipment used in conjunction with diving operations IMCA D 063 - Diving Equipment Systems Inspection Guidance Note (DESIGN) for Hyperbaric Rescue Unit Life Support Packages IMCA D 066 - Guidance on surface swimmers IMCA D 069 - Guidance on the Systematic Assessment of Control Systems in Automated Diving Plant and Equipment IMCA D 070 - Guidance on the use of inert gases IMCA D 074 - Guidance on underwater excavation works involving divers IMCA D 075 - Guidance on the provision, acceptance and handling of breathing gases for diving IMCA D 076 - Protection of water intake points for diver safety Lifting & rigging IMCA LR 004 - Guidance on examination of steel wire rope through magnetic rope testing (MRT) IMCA LR 012 - Guidance on the transfer of personnel to and from offshore vessels and structures Marine Policy & Regulatory Affairs IMCA REG 002 - Introduction to marine emissions IMCA REG003 - Introduction to ballast water management Offshore survey IMCA S 006 - Inter-vessel survey data standard telemetry protocol IMCA S 016 - Guidance on mobilisation requirements for offshore survey operations IMCA S 017 - Guidance on vessel USBL systems for use in offshore survey, positioning and DP operations IMCA S 022 - An introduction to inertial navigation systems IMCA S 023 - Guidelines on the shared use of sensors for survey and positioning purposes IMCA S 024 - Guidance on satellite-based positioning systems for offshore applications IMCA S 025 - Guidelines for the shared use of sensors for ROV and survey purposes IMCA S 026 - Guidelines on out of straightness survey IMCA S 027 - Guidelines on the Use of GNSS for Tide Calculations IMCA S 029 - Guidelines for the measurement of depth of burial ROV division IMCA R 001 - Plastic spherical air-filled fishing buoys IMCA R 002 - Requirements for IMCA-approved ROV introductory training courses IMCA R 004 - The safe and efficient operation of remotely operated vehicles IMCA R 019 - Understanding biodegradable lubricants: An introduction to ‘green’ oil in hydraulic systems offshore IMCA R 022 - Guidelines for the shared use of sensors for ROV and survey purposes IMCA R 024 - Guidance on armoured umbilical life cycle management Competence and training IMCA C 003 - Guidance on competence assurance and assessment: Diving Division IMCA C 004 - Guidance on competence assurance and assessment: Offshore Survey Division IMCA C 005 - Guidance on competence assurance and assessment: Remote Systems & ROV Division IMCA C 007 - Guidance on assessor training IMCA C 010 - High voltage training: A syllabus for training offshore workers involved with high voltage equipment IMCA C 011 - Outline syllabus for training of personnel in supervisory positions IMCA C 013 - First response and other emergency drills IMCA C 014 - Guidance on the use of simulators IMCA C 016 - Recommended practice on verifier training IMCA C 017 - Guidance on competence assurance and assessment: Marine roles for small workboats IMCA C 018 - Basic safety training requirements for vessel personnel employed in the offshore renewable energy sector IMCA C 019 - Principles for data platforms for work and skills (digital logbooks) Environmental Sustainability IMCA ES 001 - IMCA Code of practice on environmental sustainability
International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA)
Powering the Blue Economy: Marine Energy at Kelp Farm Sites Authors: Branch, Ruth; Rose, Deborah; Grear, Molly; Briggs, Candace; Ticona Rollano, Fadia Shallow Water Acoustic Vector Sensor Array AutoNomous System (SVAAN) for Coastal Surveillance Applications Authors: Amirthalingam, Malarkodi; Lokhande, Shweta; Ayyadurai, Thirunavukkarasu; Ganesan, Latha; Potty, Gopu Cooperative Ocean Survey Method by a UAV and an AUV: State Estimation of the AUV Based on the UAV. Authors: Matsuda, Takumi; Yokota, Yusuke Drifter-Observed Reversal of the South China Sea Western Boundary Current From Summer to Autumn. Authors: Hu, Zhiyuan; Yang, Longqi; Chen, Zhaozhang; Zhu, Jia; Sun, Zhenyu; Hu, Jianyu Improve Ocean Sensing Using Unmanned Aerial Vehicles. Authors: Donaldson, Thomas Q.; von Flotow, Andy; John, Shaju; Goff, Justin; Yakimenko, Oleg; Brodie, Rob Green Energy, Blue Economy: Integrating Renewable Energy and Sustainable Development for Bangladesh. Authors: Ahmad, Hafez; Jose, Felix; Islam, Md. Shaiful; Jhara, Shakila Islam
In addition to the aforementioned journal, please note the following publications from the underwater robotics section:
The resolutions and conventions from the International Maritime Organization (IMO) are available free of charge and can be downloaded using the links provided in our document titled “Internet links to IMO resolutions and maritime facts,” located in the subsection “UN conventions and national laws” within the main section “Documents.” However, the organization also provides paid documents whose purpose is to group and better explain the various resolutions and conventions. Catalogs that list these documents are available in English, French, Spanish, Arabic, Chinese, and Russian at the following address: .aspx
International Maritime Organization (IMO)
International Organization for Standardization (ISO)
The standards and guidelines from the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) are unfortunately not free of charge, despite the belief that they should be. The organization publishes lists of its standards in process at this address: This list is updated monthly, and previous archives are also available through this link.
The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS), founded in 1921, is a global trade association representing shipowners and operators. It advocates for suitable practices in the shipping industry and represents about 80% of the world's merchant fleet across 40 countries. The ICS offers both free and paid guidelines for various types of vessels, among which is the paid document below, published in February:
International Chamber of Shipping (ICS)
Engine room procedures guide This edition adopts IMO-approved regulations, providing engine room personnel with up-to- date, reliable procedures supporting greenhouse gas emissions measures, including safe low load operations. Click on the image to view the description.
The Oil Companies International Marine Forum (OCIMF)
The Oil Companies International Marine Forum (OCIMF), founded in April 1970, is a prominent authority on marine safety and includes over 100 member companies. It holds consultancy status at the International Maritime Organization (IMO). OCIMF focuses on the safe and environmentally responsible transportation of crude oil, oil products, petrochemicals, and gas. It also promotes similar standards in offshore marine operations management. OCIMF develops guidelines for the design, construction, and operation of tankers, barges, and offshore vessels, incorporating human factors in all its activities. Publications can be accessed at The following paid documents are of interest for diving and ROV operations:
Competence Assurance Guidelines for F(P)SOs This document offers advice, suitable practices, and guidelines for safe cargo handling and related operations on F(P)SO facilities.
BMP5 - Best Management Practices To Deter Piracy And Enhance Maritime Security in the Red Sea, Gulf Of Aden, Indian Ocean and Arabian Sea This publication aims to assist ships in planning their voyages and in detecting, avoiding, deterring, delaying, and reporting attacks.
Effective mooring Mooring a tanker is one of the most complex and dangerous operations for ship and terminal crews. Additionally, diving and ROV support vessels may have to moor alongside tankers and FPSOs.
Peril at Sea and Salvage: A Guide for Masters This guide outlines the actions a Master should take when confronted with an emergency, from the initial assessment and immediate actions to towage or salvage arrangements, as may be necessary.
Seafarer’s Practical Guide to SIRE 2.0 Inspections This Practical Guide to Inspections is designed for all officers and crew on board to enhance their understanding of the SIRE 2.0 Vessel Inspection Questionnaire and summarizes the inspection guidance.
International Association of Independent Tanker Owners (INTERTANKO)
INTERTANKO is a trade association that represents independent tanker owners globally. It deals with operational, technical, legal, and commercial issues affecting its members. The organization offers a database of free and paid documents to its members. Nonmembers can also buy the paid documents at the following address: publications/infocentrebooklistings . Among these paid documents, note the guidelines below:
“Marine Professional” is the official membership magazine of the IMarEST. It is published quarterly and available to all members in digital and print format.
The Institute of Marine Engineering Science and Technology (IMarEST)
The Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology (IMarEST) is an international, multidisciplinary professional body that unites marine engineers, scientists, and technologists. The organization offers news and paid articles, accessible via the "News" button on their website's navigation bar. Among these publications, note the magazine below:
“La Sante Mentale des gens de mer” (The mental health of seafarers). This book, from the French Society on Maritime Medicine (SFMM), discusses the mental health of seafarers and is highly recommended. Currently, the book is available only in French.
The International Maritime Health Association (IMHA)
The International Maritime Health Association (IMHA) is a non- governmental organization dedicated to improving health services for seafarers, fishermen, and port workers. It promotes high healthcare and safety standards at sea and provides links to guidelines from international organizations such as the EU, ILO, and IMO. Additionally, the organization sells the following books related to its field:
“International Medical Guide for Seafarers and Fishers” This medical guide from the International Chamber of Shipping, is suitable for use on all ships and fishing vessels worldwide, as well as in onshore safety departments, medical assistance centers, and training institutions supporting seafarers and fishers.
The Nautical Institute (NI)
This catalogue contains links and prices for documents covering various topics, including but not limited to the following: Childcare leave and services from the perspective of women's entrepreneurship development. Enhancing workers' data rights. The issue of setting adequate wages, with a focus on living wages
International Labour Organization (ILO)
The International Labour Organization (ILO), a specialized agency of the United Nations, promotes social and economic justice through international labour standards. It provides free resolutions and conventions and sells documents, the catalog of which is available at
A new version of the standatrd U100 “Manned underwater operations” has been published in December 2023. This document can be found at this address: use-the-webshop/buy-a-standard/
NORSOK standards
The NORSOK standards are developed by the Norwegian petroleum industry. Their purpose is to ensure safety, enhance value, and promote cost-effectiveness in petroleum industry developments and operations. These standards aim to replace oil company specifications and serve as references in regulatory authorities’ regulations. Website:
Controlled CMS Data Demonstrates a Cost and Clinical Advantage for Hyperbaric Oxygen for Radiation Cystitis Authors: John J. Feldmeier, John P. Kirby, Helen B. Gelly, Marc Robins, John Peters, Peter Gruhn, Sarmistha Pal,
Trends in Medicare Costs of Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy, 2013 through 2022 Authors: Helen B. Gelly, Caroline E. Fife, David Walker, Kristen Allison Eckert,