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The Saturation Diver Interview: Fredoon Kapadia

SAT diving might be a lucrative profession, but it does come with a downside — long stretches away from home and dangerous work conditions. Fredoon Kapadia has been a commercial diver for the last nine years. He has just returned from a two-month assignment in Saudi Arabia and is enjoying being on land. Original article […]

ADAS Update to Commercial Diver Training Changes

Further to our recent blog post about the changes that the Australian Diving Accreditation Scheme (ADAS) planned to make to commercial air diver training, the inaugural pilot course of this new structure has now been completed. As a result we’ve received feedback from ADAS on this first course which means our commercial air diver training […]

North Sea set for £30bn investment in new projects

Operators will spend nearly £30billion on new North Sea projects over the next three years, with Norway’s Statoil leading the way, a new report said. According to energy market researcher GlobalData, 30 North Sea projects are expected to start operations over the three years. Twenty are planned for the UK sector, nine are in Norway, […]

VIDEO: Demonstration of Underwater Mobile Mapping

DOF Subsea, Sonardyne, 2G Robotics, and Seatronics successfully demonstrated a new underwater surveying technique that could significantly shorten the time needed to map underwater structures and offshore sites.     The new technique uses a 3D laser scanner fitted to an ROV to create highly detailed, point cloud images of subsea assets and environments. By […]

Standout Dive Training Projects

Adam Townsend recently spoke to WaterWelders about his commercial air diver training at The Underwater Centre in Fort William.  In this section he talks about the standout dive training projects for him. Seabed Survey: Measuring & Mapping “First project I’d like to talk about would be the seabed survey on HSE SCUBA; we had to […]

Potential Solutions for Assessing Pipeline Conditions

Assessing the condition of pipelines, especially as they get older, is an increasing task. John Sheehan surveys potential solutions. The expansion of the offshore industry in recent decades has brought with it a huge growth in subsea pipeline infrastructure.  From the Åsgard Transport pipeline in the Norwegian North Sea to the West Natuna gas pipe […]

ADAS Changes to Commercial Air Diving Courses

PLEASE NOTE: The information in this blog post has now been superceded and these changes are no longer taking place.  For more information click here.  The Australian Diving Accreditation Scheme (ADAS) has initiated changes in the way that occupational divers will be trained into the future. As a result, from July 2017 The Underwater Centre, […]

The Underwater Centre Awarded for Increasing Diver Safety

The Underwater Centre, Fort William, has picked up a top award at the prestigious 2017 Subsea UK Awards ceremony in Aberdeen. The Centre triumphed in the Innovation for Safety Award for its role in improving diver safety through its development of Commercial Enriched Air Nitrox training for the commercial diving sector.  The award  recognises an […]

‘The 100 Fastest Growing Jobs of 2016’ – Commercial Diving No. 6

American site EfficientGov.com recently reported on ‘The 100 Fastest Growing Jobs of 2016’; it highlights the appearance of commercial diving at number 6 and links it to the growth of the wind turbine industry.  Read the full article below: “The fastest growing jobs list is led by the wind energy and public health industries, with […]

Loch Linnhe: Seabed mapping using AUVs

Upper Loch Linnhe, where The Underwater Centre is situated, is a shallow-silled loch in northern Scotland. One of the larger lochs on the country’s west coast, the loch is approximately 15 kilometres long and ranges in depth from 0 to 150 metres. The mouth of the loch leads out to Loch Linnhe at the Corran […]