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JFD to re-establish leading global saturation diving training capability

JFD to re-establish leading global saturation diving training capability

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26 August 2019

JFD, the world leading underwater capability provider serving the commercial and defence diving markets, and part of James Fisher and Sons plc, has today announced that it has acquired the closed bell saturation diving system and associated assets formally owned by The Underwater Centre.

The acquisition will enable JFD to re-establish the leading global closed bell diver training programme - also known as sat diver training - and the only UK-based training capability that will fulfil an urgent market need for skilled saturation divers.

The future of the global offshore and subsea markets is dependent on the ability of saturation divers to conduct complex and demanding installation and maintenance operations in what can be extremely challenging environments. The re-establishment of industry-leading closed bell diving training in the UK will allow commercial divers to gain the skills and expertise they need to safely dive using a saturation diving system, enabling them to reach their field of work and return safely to the surface for every operation they conduct. Once established, JFDs saturation diving training will be one of only two programmes in the world that will provide divers an internationally-recognised closed bell saturation diving qualification.

Giovanni Corbetta, Managing Director, JFD, commented: "Re-establishing closed bell diver training at Fort William is very much in line with JFDs ongoing drive to provide divers and subsea operators with the skills, equipment, capabilities and training they need to carry out their work whilst ensuring their safety at all times. Given recent growth in the industry, now more than ever it is essential that there is a training capability in place that fulfils an urgent need for skilled saturation divers, whilst ensuring that the highest standards in safety are always maintained.

Before delivering closed bell diver training, JFD will make further enhancements to the system to further develop its capability.