Reliable Wet Welding Techniques to Improve Profitability and Productivity

The global rise in demand for oil and gas is expected to reach 99.3 million b/d in 2018. As a result, this has increased offshore activities and further exploration into the deep blue oceans. The desire to construct, maintain and repair structures offshore has brought the need for underwater welding. In the light of the … Read more Reliable Wet Welding Techniques to Improve Profitability and Productivity

Diver Exploits: Training in South Africa, Brian Sets His Sights Internationally

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In 2011 when I was in grade 10, I was doing my technical subject in the workshops at school. I was in the mechanical class doing some saw cutting and welding on metal pipes. My teacher and I were discussing about my future life, so he began briefing me about a field called underwater welding … Read more Diver Exploits: Training in South Africa, Brian Sets His Sights Internationally

Underwater Welder Life Expectancy: A Complicated Picture

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Thinking of signing up for underwater welding? It’s not a “typical” job, but underwater welders aren’t your typical crowd. During my interaction with welder-divers around the world, there’s a few commonalities I’ve seen among them: Go-getters Mechanical mindset Troubleshooters Passion for construction projects Eager for bottom time (in the water) Welder-diver: Danger of Job Stereotyping One … Read more Underwater Welder Life Expectancy: A Complicated Picture

Biz Wave: U.S. Underwater Services, LLC

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About five years ago, U.S. Underwater Services, LLC (USUS) moved to Mansfield, TX. What was the main reason for the move and how did it help the company? At the time of our move, USUS was owned by Neptune Marine Services of Perth, Australia. A move to a newer, bigger, and more modern facility was … Read more Biz Wave: U.S. Underwater Services, LLC

Diver Exploits: From Ship Cadet to Underwater Welding

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I’ve worked in the dirt, the grime, in uncomfortable temperatures and pressures. Diving isn’t what I originally imagined it would be, but I’m glad I made the shift. Graduation: Nothing to Hold Back Back in college in the Philippines, I made varsity in swimming and was a member of dance club in school. I had good athletic … Read more Diver Exploits: From Ship Cadet to Underwater Welding

Underwater Welding Equipment: Stinger, Electrode & Machine

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Indiana Jones keeps his whip handy, and Thor always packs his hammer to vanquish his foes. So it is with underwater welders. Each chooses preferred brands of their equipment, but all must use three essential items to complete their assigned welding projects: A welding machine, stinger and electrodes. This equipment can vary in range of price, quality and … Read more Underwater Welding Equipment: Stinger, Electrode & Machine

Diver Exploits: Don’s Ventures from Topside to Underwater Welding

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Movie Magic Turned Reality Ever seen The Abyss? As a kid, it intrigued me. When I saw Ed Harris welding and diving into the depths, I thought: That’s as cool as space. When I grow up, I want to be like that guy – minus the aliens. Later on, I got my chance. I grew up in a … Read more Diver Exploits: Don’s Ventures from Topside to Underwater Welding

Underwater Welding Battle: A Fight for Each Day

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I have a huge amount of respect for underwater welders. Huge. Why? Well, partially because of the courage they display in the face of risky endeavors like saturation diving and underwater cutting. But the risk is well-known in and outside the industry. In fact, it’s a little hyped-up in my opinion. The bulk of my … Read more Underwater Welding Battle: A Fight for Each Day

Biz Wave: Speciality Welds

Speciality Welds manufactures many of its own products. What are some of the your most popular items? We manufacture a wide range of underwater welding products and welding consumables, including Barracuda Gold and Hammerhead electrodes, Piranha safety isolation switches, welding stingers, Swordfish arc cutting and Scorpion blue exothermic cutting lances, flip-up housings and auto-darkening filters. They … Read more Biz Wave: Speciality Welds

Biz Wave: Dryden Diving Company, Inc.

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Dryden Diving provides many services in the maritime industry. How many full-time divers and other employees does it have to provide these services? Dryden Diving utilizes the Wharf and Dock Builders Union to supplement labor, after divers graduate from dive schools, they’re offered an apprenticeship to learn the trade skills. For example, they’ll learn common skills … Read more Biz Wave: Dryden Diving Company, Inc.