The Underwater Centre recently welcomed two of subsea company eMarine ROV Pilot Technician operational staff to our Fort William training centre for a 5-week training course following the recongnised need to continue their professional development.
Dubai based eMarine a market leader in telecommunication submarine cable installation, maintenance and repair services, operates ROV technology within their fleet.
As both candidates are operational ROV pilots, they had opted for a full 5 weeks of training that incorporated ROV flying skills training plus more advanced mechanical and operational training from our 3-week ROV Pilot Technician Course and our 2-week ROV Operations Course.
Their training utilised our Observation Class ROVs, VMAX Work Class ROV Simulator, mobilised Work Class ROV on-board our vessel, and within our mechanical workshop, to provide a realistic and rounded learning experience.
ROV Pilot Technician Training
We caught up with one of the ROV Pilot Technicians, Abdulla Al Mheiri, during his 5 week training course to find out more about his experiences.
Abdulla has been a part of the eMarine ROV Pilot Technician team for 2 years and what attracted him most to this career path was “the chance to work on varied projects” and, ultimately for him, working in the offshore environment.
The mix of “practical tasks and using your hands to complete jobs” provides him with an ideal working environment to progress his career. Abdulla has applied his skills across multiple projects offshore and, through ROV systems experience, had the opportunity to develop his mechanical and electrical skills, as well as using dredging systems.
Advanced ROV Operations Skills
Abdulla was looking for a training provider that could develop his existing flying skills, and provide additional electrical and mechanical training to develop his abilities to problem solve and fix the ROV equipment in an operational context. So, with this in mind, he sought advice and recommendations from his colleagues who recommended The Underwater Centre.
We ensured that both Abdulla, and his colleague, received a balance of practical and theory based training from our instructors and via a range of methods and locations across our ROV Training Suite, pier and vessel-based training areas.
During the electronics training, in particular, Abdulla found that he was now “more comfortable with interpreting and developing technical drawings because of the expert advice and insight provided by the instructors”.
Abdulla has since returned to his role at eMarine and plans on continuously improving himself through live operations and challenging himself to be a better ROV pilot. This is something that Abdulla enjoys about his role; being challenged, troubleshooting and creating solutions to complete tasks.
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Representatives from two China based subsea companies attended The Underwater Centre to complete a tailored 10-day ROV Pilot Technician course utilising our subsea testing and training site in Fort William.
China-based Kunming Hydropower Design Institute and subsea equipment supply company Tek Meridian sent delegates to attend a tailored ROV Pilot Technician training course to learn principle ROV pilot skills and receive an observation class ROV (Obs ROV) overview from our highly experienced instructors.
Tailored ROV Pilot Technician Training
This course was our first experience of deriving training to Chinese customers in Scotland, but we have previously delivered training on-site in China for other customers. The company representatives will be operating and supplying ROV systems, including the SAAB Seaeye Falcon, to the Chinese market so The Underwater Centre presented the perfect training location for both intensive ROV pilot technician training and experiencing our fully-operational Obs ROVs during their course.
Tek Meridian commented on the training saying “We think the considerate organisation and the first class facilities make the training easy, the experienced instructors and more practice operations make us happy to choose training at The Underwater Centre again”.
We ensured that the group were as comfortable as possible with the training material, and practical delivery, by arranging for key learning materials to be translated and working collaboratively with Tek Meridian and the trainees.; ensuring that any questions were answered and understood.
Translated Training Course Material
Our pier-based training site with ROV control cabins, Launch and Recovery System and multiple Obs ROV systems ready for deployment were utilised during the time on course and the candidates enjoyed the mix of practical and theory based elements of the training delivery. The hands-on approach to training enabled all candidates to grasp a strong understanding of ROV systems and flying principles that they had demonstrated throughout their bespoke course.
Steve Ham, The Underwater Centre’s Commercial Director commented on the recent training saying, “this is the first ROV course we have delivered for Chinese company Tek Meridian and it went very well. The candidates were upmost professionals and were a pleasure to have on-site for the duration of the course. We look forward to developing our relationship with Tek Meridian further and delivering more training for the Chinese ROV market”.
Utilised Pier Based Observation Class ROV System
The Underwater Centre, highly experienced in delivering subsea training to customers globally, have previously delivered training to offshore contractor COOEC in China so this recent course delivery was another example of how we can support the Chinese market with their ROV training needs.
Our aim over the coming months is to deliver more ROV training courses in Scotland and China, to customers of Tek Meridian, as we expand our skills training into other markets.
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The Underwater Centre has successfully delivered two tailored training courses, as well as providing 19 days of operational support, to JFD and one of the world’s largest navies.
JFD, part of James Fisher & Sons plc, and one of the world’s largest navies had a requirement for tailored training and submersible training support. The Underwater Centre provided the ideal location, vessels and operation support to achieve their project needs.
Bespoke course creation and delivery
Training delivery began with our Specialist Diving Team creating and delivering a tailored 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.
Operational submersible training support
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 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.”
Bespoke ROV and Hyperbaric Systems Training
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.
Provided a Range of Vessels, Crane, Classrooms and Specialist Support
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 fully operational work-class ROV.
Our location and facilities provide the ideal position for your subsea testing, and tailored training delivery, as well as the ability to operate in all-weathers and conditions.
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.
If you, or your company, have a requirement for testing or bespoke training please get in touch with The Underwater Centre by calling +44 1397 703786 or email direct on email@example.com
The Underwater Centre has successfully supported the delivery of a complex Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV) testing project.
This significant 15-day operational trial was planned for almost two years and involved the use of the Centre’s workshops, vessels, deep water test sites, ROVs and specialist support staff, amongst other assets, resulting in completion of the complex testing project conducted by Kawasaki Heavy Industries (KHI).
Significant Operational Trial of AUV Technology
With a focus on the growing demands for pipeline maintenance in the offshore oil and gas fields, Kawasaki has been developing cutting-edge component technologies of AUVs, utilising the sophisticated underwater vehicle technologies deployed by Kawasaki internally.
Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV) Operational Testing
The operational subsea trial used a prototype AUV and charging station; tasks included automated docking of the AUV to the in-water charging station, contactless charging and large-capacity optical communication tests.
The Underwater Centre provided a high level of experienced and specialist support to deliver deployment, operational and recovery assistance utilising the Centre’s array of transport vehicles, crane, WROV and vessels.
This also included the use of our mechanical workshop to allow Kawasaki to prepare the AUV to help ensure that the team and equipment were ready for the testing phase. The Centre’s ROV team mobilised both WROV and OBSROV assets in support of the deployment of a test station and along with the provision of footage of the AUV in the water.
During the trial, representatives from major oil and gas companies, underwater vehicle and equipment operating companies, UK subsea scientific and government organisations attended the Fort William test site to view demonstrations.
Utilising the Centre’s Array of Transport Vehicles, Crane, WROV and Vessels
Steve Ham, The Underwater Centre’s Commercial Director, commented on the successful trial saying, “This was a major subsea trial of AUV technology in UK waters. Kawasaki chose us for their testing due to the unique combination of equipment, facilities and subsea test site. Our personnel worked tirelessly to support Kawasaki and it’s a further testament to our dedicated operational team, plus the range of vehicles, equipment and assets available, that mean we can support complex trials and testing such as this.”
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, land and water-based vehicles including work boats, FRCs, ROV vessels, diving barges, crane, fork lift and transport vehicles.
We Can Support Your Trial or Testing Project
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 fully operational 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 a range of industries with the workforce and testing that it requires.
If you would like to find out more about The Underwater Centre, or to discuss your upcoming testing project, then please contact us by calling 01397 703 786 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
The Underwater Centre has vast experience in subsea training, which includes specialist commercial diving and ROV training, designed to prepare and develop personnel for their new career.
As a Training, Testing and Trials Centre, we also offer bespoke ROV training courses to a growing client base outside of traditional sectors such as Oil & Gas.
Three scientists from India based National Institute of Technology (NIOT) Deep Sea Technologies Project travelled to Fort William to attend a bespoke 2-week ROV Operations course. This intensive but highly rewarding course was designed to provide practical experience of launching, recovering and flying a Work Class ROV (WROV) as well as a general technical overview of ROV systems similar to those NIOT will be using during their upcoming research projects.
NIOT scientists received an in-depth technical insight
The group were given hands-on experience of our fully-mobilised, vessel-based WROV as well as our VMAX Simulator; delivering a realistic, digitised subsea environment and wide variety of
underwater tasks to learn and hone functional ROV piloting skills.
During their course, the NIOT scientists received an in-depth technical insight into a WROV from one of our highly-experienced ROV instructors who holds extensive offshore experience. This allowed the group to explore more of their unique requirements for using a Remotely Operated Vehicle during their research projects.
Mr R Ramesh, Scientist, part of the Deep Sea Technologies Project at NIOT, commented on the training saying, “The Underwater Centre has excellent facilities to train and operate all kinds of Remotely Operated Vehicles (ROVs) including WROVs. One of the best training centres in the world for ROV operations training”
Time spent using the VMAX simulator was invaluable as it allowed Mr Ramesh and his colleagues to work as a team and instilled some of the communication and dexterity skills required to operate a WROV in the water. They gained experience operating around subsea structures and using the manipulator arms to pick up and move objects without damaging them – a key factor in the recovery of delicate items underwater!
“real feel of world-class facilities for underwater technologies”
The group also got to grips with the process of deploying and recovering a WROV, using our vessel Launch and Recovery System (LARS) which is set-up to deploy a Triton XL WROV into the tidal water of Loch Linnhe. Again, showing team work, the NIOT group practiced using the LARS and safely deploying the ROV.
Another member of the group, Mr V Billavara, Scientist at NIOT, commented that he had a “real feel of world-class facilities for underwater technologies and it’s the right place to learn underwater technologies”.
We wish the best of luck to the National Institute of Technology for your Deep Sea Technology Project and upcoming WROV deployment. We look forward to welcoming you to Fort William in the future.
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