Scotland's Energy Minister visits The Underwater CentreNews // October 22, 2013
On 21 October, The Underwater Centre in Fort William in Scotland hosted a visit by the Scottish Government's Minister for Energy, Enterprise and Tourism, Fergus Ewing.
Mr Ewing, who is also MSP for Inverness and Nairn, was visiting the subsea training and trials facility to discuss development plans and see first-hand the Centre’s work-class ROVs and two new barges, in which it has invested to meet the demand for its commercial diving and ROV Pilot Technician training courses.
The new vessels, renamed Loch Sunart and Loch Scavaig, have been purchased from Western Ferries (Clyde) Limited.
One of the barges will be fitted out with two of the centre’s work-class ROVs (WROV) and supporting ROV launch and recovery systems (LARS) and used for work-class ROV training – providing realistic training for students to learn how to launch work-class ROVs from a moving vessel.
The centre is embarking on developing its ROV training next year to provide students with the opportunity to train with work-class ROV systems, given that the majority will go on to work with these when they enter industry.
Students will benefit from having hands on experience with the three WROVs, which were loaned to the Centre by Fugro, one of the world’s largest ROV operators, to offer additional courses that can extend students’ training and development while at the Centre.
The Underwater Centre is working closely with industry to establish the needs and determine the level of training required.
The other vessel will be used for the development of diver training and subsea technology trials.
The investment in the new barges comes after the Centre has just announced an increase in the number of students through its doors, with even more projected by the end 2013.