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Mainstream Commercial Divers, Inc. Announces Brand Consolidation with Eason Diving & Marine Contractors, Inc.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Murray, Kentucky – Two known commercial diving entities are now joined together under one umbrella.

Eason Diving & Marine Contractors, Inc., located in Charleston, South Carolina, merged under the Mainstream Commercial Divers, Inc. brand name. Since 1976, Eason Diving has provided quality services to their clientele based throughout the southeastern United States and specializes in providing diving services to nuclear and fossil fueled power plants.

In the fall of 2015, Mainstream was acquired by Moran Environmental Recovery, LLC (MER). Mainstream’s reputation and service diversity nicely complimented MER’s 2014 acquisition of Eason Diving. Mainstream and Eason Diving have regularly worked together on large projects over the years making the transition to one company a natural fit.

The planned merger of Eason Diving into Mainstream has been a carefully thought-out milestone in the process of me stepping away from daily operations,” said Tom Eason, former owner and founder of Eason Diving. “Craig and his Team at Mainstream bring tremendous experience and capabilities to our existing Eason resources, and I believe that our opportunity to provide services should only get better with this move.”

Craig Fortenbery, Vice President and founder of Mainstream stated, “Tom and I both have based our companies on providing clientele with safe and efficient services garnering a treasured reputation throughout the commercial diving industry. After working alongside Tom Eason and Eason Diving on several large projects in the past, I am very eager to move forward with this transition.”                                                                                                                                 

For more information contact:

D. Craig Fortenbery

Vice President of Diving Operations

Mainstream Commercial Divers, Inc.


Mainstream Commercial Divers Successfully Completes a Formal Safety Audit

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

As a commercial diving contractor, MCDI is a member of the Association of Diving Contractors International (ADCI), a non-profit industry trade organization. In 1968 the ADCI was established to provide uniform safe standards for commercial diving operations and today, publishes the ADCI Consensus Standards for Commercial Diving and Underwater Operations which are recognized by both OSHA and the U.S. Coast Guard.

Since 2006, the ADCI has required all companies applying as General Members to undergo a formal safety audit. Additionally, the ADCI Board of Directors has now voted to require ALL existing members to submit to the same audit. The purpose of the safety audit is to define any areas of deficiencies related to the ADCI Consensus Standards for Commercial Diving and Underwater Operations and to help the audited company improve by offering direction and assistance to ensure that the company is complying with the Consensus Standards. 

As acting president of the ADCI, MCDI’s Vice President of Diving Operations, Craig Fortenbery, agreed to set an example among the industry and be one of the first General Member companies to undergo the formal audit process. During the month of November, MCDI hosted ADCI Executive Director, Phil Newsum and dive safety auditor, Jon Hazelbaker while they performed the formal safety audit of all dive equipment, dive gear, and MCDI’s published documents such as our Dive Safe Practices Manual, Safety Manual, a typical dive plan, and Job Hazard Analysis. A diving operation was also performed as a part of the safety audit. 

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CORI team participates in the 41st Annual Arctic Marine Oil Spill Technical Seminar

Friday, October 5, 2018

This week our Coastal and Ocean Resources team participated in the 41st Annual Arctic Marine Oil Spill Technical Seminar on Environmental Contamination and Response, an international forum on preventing, assessing, containing, and cleaning up spill of hazardous materials in every type of environment.  It also deals with solutions for remediating and rehabilitating contaminated sites.

This year was the 41st annual seminar and it was held in Victoria, British Columbia.  Sarah Cook, R.P.Bio,the Business Manager of Coastal and Ocean Resources and her team had several papers and topics that were selected to be discussed. The kick off to this seminar started on Monday October 1st with a uSCAT (Underwater Cleanup Assessment Techniques) workshop that was facilitated by Dr. John Harper and Lee Britton, M.Sc..The workshop provided participants with practical skills, techniques and ideas to deal with submerged oils and was based on a manual that CORI developed to support the cleanup of submerged oil.  The workshop was attended by over 35 professionals from a wide range of organizations.  WCMRC, Transport Canada, Washington State Department of Ecology, Environment and Climate Change Canada, University of Calgary, Department of Fisheries and Oceans, Canadian Coast Guard, Kinder Morgan, ECRC. 

In addition to the workshop, Sarah, Dr. Harper and Lee Britton along with Sean Daley and Kalen Morrow presented on other topics. Dr. John Harper and Lee Britton, M.Sc., presented their research on Predicting the Retention Potential of Diluted Bitumen on Marine Shorelines. Sarah Cook, R.P.Bio, presented along with representatives of the Tsleil-Waututh Nation, on the on the imaging and mapping of Burrard Inlet. The research was conducted in the summer of 2017 and included the study of approximately 220 km of the Burrard Inlet to acquire georeferenced, oblique, low altitude aerial imagery to be used to inventory shoreline geomorphological and biological attributes to create a searchable database which can be utilized in a variety of applications ranging from oil spill response planning to habitat mapping.  Sean Daley our Senior ShoreZone Mapper, and Kalen Morrow, our Senior GIS Analyst and Program Manager presented in the Poster Sessions during the conference.

Dr. John HarperLee BrittonKalen and SeanSarah Cook

Electric Power Expo 2018

Friday, March 16, 2018


Electric Power Conference 2018

Join us in Nashville, TN at the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center for the Electric Power Conference and Exhibition, March 20-21, Booth #207.
ELECTRIC POWER has been the gathering place for power generators to get up-to-date training, further their education and gain an understanding of regulatory and policy changes which continually impact the production and deployment of power in an ever-changing industry.
Our experts will be on hand to discuss the specific needs at your power generation facility and to provide the solution that is best for you. Stop by our booth to learn more about the services provided by Moran Environmental Recovery and Mainstream Commercial Divers. For a free exhibit hall pass, click the link below:
We look forward to seeing you!

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