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Underwater Centre Forges Partnership with Unique System

05 July 2012

The Underwater Centre in Fort William and Unique System (UK) Ltd have formally concluded an agreement for the representation of The Underwater Centre in the Aberdeen area.

A Unique Maritime Group Company, Unique System (UK) Ltd will highlight The Underwater Centre’s services and facilities to the industry. These include subsea trials facilities, commercial diver and ROV pilot technician training, as well as bespoke corporate training courses essential for the oil and gas and renewable energy organisations globally.

Founded in 1993, Unique Maritime Group (UMG) is one of the world’s leading integrated turnkey subsea and offshore solution providers. Through its expanding network of companies, UMG is a specialist in the provision of services, and the sale and rental of equipment for the marine, diving, hydrographic, oceanographic, and NDT market sectors.

The group has an established manufacturing and training capability and has delivered customised engineering projects worldwide. UMG has local presence in USA, UK, South Africa, India, Middle East, Russia and Singapore and employs over 500 people worldwide.

The partnership will effectively give The Underwater Centre representation and the availability of a local contact in Aberdeen. Unique will benefit from being partnered with a world-renowned and well-established training provider.


Tom Houghton, Unique’s Sales Manager, believes the partnership will be a great success and is coming at an exciting time for both companies.

"The Underwater Centre is highly respected within the industry and we’re pleased to have established this partnership which will see us working closely with them”, he said.

"The facilities they have and the quality of the courses and instructors are top-class. I am looking forward to the opportunity of effectively showcasing the capabilities of The Underwater Centre and demonstrating how companies across the North-east can benefit from their use and involvement with the Centre for their training and testing requirements.

"With buoyant oil and gas, growing decommissioning and the onset of renewable energy, there is going to be an exciting opportunity to develop the market over the coming period.”

Steve Ham, General Manager at The Underwater Centre, added: "It’s great that we have created this working relationship with Unique which will give us more of a presence in the Aberdeen area.

"Tom has been up to visit the Centre and was impressed with the facilities and the products we offer. It’s good to have him on board helping us to demonstrate our extensive capabilities to organisations in the oil and gas and renewable sectors.”

The Underwater Centre is a purpose built training facility which incorporates an extensive pier complex including four dive stations, classrooms, workshops and decompression chambers.

In addition to this, there are three fully equipped barges set up to support a variety of diving disciplines including closed bell, wet bell and surface supplied diving. With accommodation and additional classrooms based at the landward end of the pier, The Underwater Centre is set up to provide its students with the skills and experience to succeed in their new careers.