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JFD Wins Prestigious NATO Submarine Rescue System Contract

JFD Wins Prestigious NATO Submarine Rescue System Contract

Posted by Grahamne Muir

26 May 2015

JFD, which was formed by the merger of James Fisher Defence and Divex in 2014, today announced that it has been awarded a £12.1m contract by the UK Ministry of Defence for the provision of the NATO Submarine Rescue System (NSRS). The five-year contract includes options through to 2023 and encompasses all aspects of operation and through-life-support.

JFD is a long-established operator of submarine rescue systems and has been an integral part of the UK’s submarine rescue provision since 1983. The company has been at the heart of NSRS since it came into service in 2008 as both operator and equipment manufacturer.

The service will be managed by JFD’s Submarine Escape and Rescue team in parallel with existing similar services for Australia and Singapore. Engineering and technical support will be provided by JFD’s Engineering Support Cell. Opportunities exist for shared training, cross-fertilisation of expertise, and commonality of approaches, which will serve to benefit the entire global submarine community. The existing Faslane-based team will augment the current JFD team, further bolstering its ability to deliver world class support to all of its customers.

JFD has a long term engagement with BMT Isis to set new standards in safety and environmental management. As part of this commitment, BMT Isis will undertake a safety governance role and the NSRS will be operated in accordance with JFD’s global Safety Management System. The National Hyperbaric Centre, recently acquired by JFD, will provide training course accreditation.

Mike Howarth, Managing Director of JFD, said:

“It is a source of great pride that the Participant Nations of the United Kingdom, France and Norway have entrusted the management of the NSRS to JFD. The contract recognises our unwavering commitment to the safety of submariners, and the diligence with which we deliver our existing services in Australia and Singapore.”

Cdr Dickie Randall, NSRS Programme Manager, on behalf of the NSRS Participant Nations, said:

“It is vital to the safety of submariners worldwide that the NSRS remains a fully-capable service delivered by skilled and experienced personnel. It is absolutely critical that we have a submarine rescue service that is not just fit-for-purpose, but also world class in its capabilities. We have been well supported in the assistance NSRS has received from industry since its inception in 2004 and a continued association with the proven capability of JFD bodes well for the future.”

Mike Howarth added:

“The decision to award the contract to JFD is testament to the breadth and depth of expertise within our global Submarine Escape and Rescue Team, and the scalability of our operations and support infrastructure.”.

Images used with the kind permission of Thomas Falk, RSwN.

Divex Selected As Finalist At The Elevator Awards!

Divex Selected As Finalist At The Elevator Awards!

Posted by Grahamne Muir

  • 21st May 2015
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Divex is delighted to announce that they have been selected as one of three finalists in the Innovation category at the Elevator Awards.

The aim of the Elevator Awards is to encourage enterprise by selecting and rewarding businesses and individuals within Grampian who can help lead to the future prosperity of the region.

Divex were selected for their innovative new bailout rebreather COBRA which heralds a significant improvement in diver safety – by mitigating the risk of the stranded diver.

COBRA (Compact Bailout Rebreathing Apparatus) is a unique system developed by an innovative design team in Aberdeen to respond to an urgent safety requirement in the world’s saturation diving industry. The system provides greatly extended emergency breathing gas to stranded saturation divers in an emergency scenario.

The set has been designed to be as simple as possible to operate and maintain and is completely mechanical, relying on no complex electronics for its operation. It has been developed to provide up to 45 minutes of fully independent breathing gas to allow the diver to return to the safety of the bell. This is a significant improvement on conventional bailout methods, such as scuba which at certain depths can only provide 7 minutes of breathing gas.

The Innovation award category recognises businesses which can demonstrate a proven ability to create, nurture and develop innovative products, processes or services that substantially improve the commercial performance or prospects of the business.

The winners will be announced at an Awards Dinner which is to be held Thursday 25 June at the Mercure Ardoe House Hotel.


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