The Magazine for Underwater Professionals

Nov/Dec 2017


Training centre sees growth in bespoke ROV courses

The Underwater Centre welcomes an increase to its client base for ROV training from companies outside the oil and gas sector

Staff from the NIOT taking part in ROV operations training at the Centre

Well-known for offering bespoke training in commercial diving and ROV operations to a range of clients worldwide, The Underwater Centre, UK, has noticed a real expansion in its client base for ROV training to companies outside the oil and gas sector.

When Haifa University in Israel purchased a Saab Seaeye, UK, Leopard ROV recently, the University realised that it needed more knowledge in maintaining and operating the system so it sent four candidates to attend The Underwater Centre’s ROV Pilot Technician Course. Part of the course was delivered in Fort William, Scotland, and part on-site in Israel.

Haifa University isn’t the only academic client that has undertaken ROV training with The Underwater Centre in recent months. Staff from the National Institute of Ocean Technology (NIOT), India, came to The Underwater Centre earlier this year for a two-week bespoke ROV Operations Course to gain practical operational experience of flying a work-class ROV, which will be used in their research work.

Limerick University in the Republic of Ireland also asked The Underwater Centre to create and deliver a tailored ROV Operations Course to equip its academic team with the skills they need to operate and maintain a recently purchased Comanche and smaller observation-class ROV. The bespoke training focused on specific operational experience of using the launch and recovery system and tether management system on the work-class ROV training vessel at the Centre’s Fort William site, and incorporated use of the Centre’s simulator.

“The flexibility the Centre offers isn’t limited to course content and duration. Clients can also choose to have their training delivered at their home base if their facilities are suitable. This ensures that the training is even more specifically targeted to their needs and equipment,” says Steve Ham, commercial director at The Underwater Centre.

Staff from The Underwater Centre recently travelled to New Zealand for a second time to deliver the three-week ROV Pilot Technician Course to candidates from the Royal New Zealand Navy (RNZN). As the instructor was on hand at the RNZN’s site, he was also able to provide expert advice on the ongoing maintenance of the Navy’s Saab Seaeye Falcon system.

“With the wide range of organisations now investing in ROV systems, we’re pleased that companies see the benefits of training their staff with us – at our site or theirs – to ensure they get the very best out of their ROVs,” says Ham.





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