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    Hat-trick contract win for world renowned diving centre

    News // August 1, 2008

    Inspection engineers from a leading subsea company are taking part in a two week training programme at the world’s leading commercial diving centre.

    A group of 11 engineers from Subsea 7 are at The Underwater Centre in Fort William for an intensive training course in subsea diving and remotely operated vehicle (ROV) operations. This is the third such collaboration between the internationally renowned facility and Subsea 7.
    The purpose designed training programme aims to familiarise participants with subsea diving and ROV operations, all of which is integral to the role of offshore inspection engineers. Expert diving and ROV instructors employed by the Centre will deliver both practical training as well as theory.
    The Underwater Centre, which is based at the head of Loch Linnhe, offers a unique sheltered, seawater site with a large private pier extending into the loch. The waters plunge to depths of 150 metres, which are ideal conditions for commercial diving and ROV training. There is also a large, purpose built, onshore diver training pool.
    Steve Ham, general manager at The Underwater Centre, said he is delighted to have won this third successive training contract from Subsea 7. “It is fantastic that our expertise continues to be recognised by one of the world’s leading subsea engineering and construction companies,” he said.
    “What makes our Centre so special is the realistic industry relevant environment that students encounter on our courses. They are able to experience first hand the challenges faced by subsea divers and ROV pilots.”
    Lloyd Duncan, inspection manager for Subsea 7, said: “We chose The Underwater Centre to deliver these courses due to its world class on-site facilities, the unique topography of one of Scotland’s deepest lochs, and in particular the unrivalled expertise of its trainers both in subsea diving and ROV operations. We see this as a great opportunity to further increase the awareness, knowledge and expertise of our inspection engineers in the early stages of their careers.”
    For the Subsea 7 engineers, the course at The Underwater Centre is the culmination of an intense six week internal training programme which is integral to the candidates’ induction process. 
    Continuing, Mr Duncan added: “Inspection engineers are required to work closely with divers, subsea engineers and ROV pilots, so it is vital that they understand the particulars of these disciplines. This enhanced understanding will enable Subsea 7 to achieve its goal of developing the largest pool of trained and certified inspection engineers in the industry.”
    The original site at Fort William was chosen by Royal Naval divers due to its suitability for professional diver training with multi-depth levels from 6m to 150m in a sheltered location, allowing for training in almost all weathers.
    The Underwater Centre is the only training centre in the world that offers the full range of health, safety and environment (HSE) commercial diving qualifications in air and mixed gas diver training, from HSE scuba  to HSE approved closed bell diving.

    As well as the seawater dive site with a large range of underwater structures, facilities include an enclosed dive training pool, purpose built welding bays, private pier, three barges with wet bell and closed bell training facilities, fully equipped lecture rooms and accommodation for up to 49 students.

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