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  •  Would you send humans into that water (6+ / 0-)
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    rubyr, peraspera, David PA, rja, DawnN, Darryl House

    if you knew what was in it?  ;)

    I'm actually relieved they don't.

    Also, I would assume that, under any other circumstances, this is what ROVs are often used for.

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    by Yasuragi on Sat Sep 11, 2010 at 02:37:13 PM PDT

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    •  But, but, but, there's no oil....... (6+ / 0-)

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      by DawnN on Sat Sep 11, 2010 at 02:40:51 PM PDT

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    •  Actually, I think I would (6+ / 0-)
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      rubyr, Wee Mama, peraspera, David PA, rja, DawnN

      I suppose I'd worry some about getting crud in my eyes. Wet suits and masks are good protection but only a dry suit completely isolates the diver and those things are impossible to work in unless you're standing on something and even then it is exhausting. I wouldn't fear too much about working on that vessel in standard gear as long as active dispersant operations weren't under way. In fact, I'd worry more about the quality of the air I would be being fed (assuming an onboard supply or compressors). I wouldn't trust their filter maintenance.

      If the prop or shroud is fouled with debris or biologicals (barnacles, etc.) it isn't a huge problem usually, the ships have to deal with that frequently and have the necessary tools and equipment to handle it.

      If it is inoperable because the shroud or prop is damaged, then we need to be a lot more concerned.

      I assume hope that there are regulations for stipulating how many must be in good working order to undertake a drilling op (all of them?).

      Of course, I'm only assuming that they're looking at it because it doesn't work, currently, but that is only a guess.

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