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The Underwater Centre Supports Training on Advanced Submarine Rescue System

The Underwater Centre Supports Training on Advanced Submarine Rescue System

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18 December 2017

• Provision of training and facilities to support JFD, the world’s leading company in submarine rescue, in delivery of submersible training operations;

• Development and delivery of bespoke ROV and Hyperbaric training courses;

• Provision of expertise, facilities and equipment, including multiple vessels for the duration of operations.

The Underwater Centre, one of the world’s leading providers of subsea testing and training, based on the tidal waters of Loch Linnhe in Fort William, has successfully delivered two bespoke ROV and Hyperbaric System Acquaintance training courses as well as providing 19 days of operational support to JFD, part of James Fisher and Sons plc, as part of their training delivery to one of the world’s largest navies.

Training delivery began with our Specialist Diving Team creating and delivering a theoretical and practical 4-day Hyperbaric Systems Acquaintance Course to 12 delegates covering topics such as hyperbaric systems, chamber control and procedures, gas handling and analysers, plus an overview of decompression tables. Delegates also received practical experience of our barge-based saturation system; diving bell, transfer lock and main chamber.

For the practical training, JFD teamed up with U-Boat Worx with the provision of their SYS3.21 3-person submersible allowing the delegates to become familiar with submersible operations. JFD also used a range of The Underwater Centre’s facilities to store and mobilise the submersible, as well as deliver the training; including 30T crane, mechanical workshop, classrooms, FRC, workboat fitted with a crane and flat-bed truck.

A theory and vessel-based bespoke 2-day ROV Acquaintance Course was also created and delivered, incorporating the Centre’s onshore workshop, WROV VMAX simulator and vessel-based operational WROV and Launch & Recovery System (LARS). Delegates received a range of informative lectures around ROV systems, standard operational procedures including pre-dive checks and LARS procedures. The bespoke course concluded with practical learning on-board our dedicated WROV vessel where LARS operations and procedures were practiced.

Steve Ham, The Underwater Centre’s Commercial Director, commented on the level of support and training provided saying, "We have a long history of providing world-class training and our unique subsea testing site in Fort William gave JFD the platform to successfully complete naval personnel training. Our extremely competent team of diving, ROV, and support staff and array of equipment and vessels ensured the safe and timely delivery of this training and testing for JFD.”

The Centre’s unique location can accommodate various complexities of trials and testing projects owing to the mixture of facilities, equipment and staff; deep water subsea testing site down to 150m, 500m private pier, electrical and mechanical workshops, 1.5m litre onshore tank, specialised ROV training suite and WROV simulator, land and water-based vehicles including work boats, FRCs, ROV vessels, diving barges, crane, fork lift and transport vehicles.

JFD provides fast, safe and reliable submarine rescue services to the Royal Australian Navy, as well as NATO and Singapore. This encompasses all levels of submarine rescue capability, from operator training and maintenance of existing systems, to complete delivery of systems and emergency services.

About The Underwater Centre:

The Underwater Centre is a purpose-built subsea training and testing facility which incorporates an extensive pier complex including four dive stations, classrooms, workshops and decompression chambers. With access to sea depths to 150m, the Centre’s Fort William facilities also include a range of vessels providing air and saturation diver training and an ROV fleet including a work-class ROV.

The Underwater Centre is set up to provide its clients and candidates with the skills and experience to succeed in their new careers, and provide the subsea industry with the workforce and testing that it requires.

Anyone interested in more information about The Underwater Centre should contact 01397 703 786 or email