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JFD ACQUIRES THE NATIONAL HYPERBARIC CENTRE, ABERDEEN

JFD ACQUIRES THE NATIONAL HYPERBARIC CENTRE, ABERDEEN

Posted by Grahamne Muir

JFD, which was formed by the merger of James Fisher Defence and Divex in 2014, today announced the acquisition of the National Hyperbaric Centre in Aberdeen (“NHC”). The move broadens JFD’s portfolio of services offered to customers in the oil and gas, hyperbaric medical, and defence markets.

All employees and material assets will be retained as part of JFD’s dedication to the continued safe delivery of world-class hyperbaric testing, decompression and training services for new and existing clients.

NHC’s training centres in Aberdeen and Singapore join JFD’s training facility in Perth, Australia in the provision of industry-respected subsea training courses for commercial and defence divers.

David Smith, who will stand down as Managing Director of NHC, but will support the transition process, said:

“Since NHC’s establishment in 1987 we have built our reputation as a centre of excellence for hyperbaric support, testing and training. With promising growth prospects for the business and the backing of JFD, I am confident that our commitment to improve the standard of subsea safety worldwide will be upheld.”

Mike Howarth, Managing Director of JFD, added:

“NHC has a strong and established brand in hyperbaric testing, training and support which builds upon, and compliments, the range of services offered by JFD. I am pleased to welcome the team at NHC to JFD and I look forward to our combined growth opportunities globally in the subsea sector.”

DIVEX CHRISTMAS CLOSURES 2013

DIVEX CHRISTMAS CLOSURES 2013

Posted by Grahamne Muir

Watch our christmas message: Merry christmas from Divex!

We’d like to advise our Christmas closure times which will be in operation throughout the festive period. These closure times are as follows:

Divex Westhill, Aberdeen, UK:
24th December 2013: Normal business
25th December 2013 – 2nd January 2014: Office is closed
3rd January 2014: Normal business resumes

Despite being closed for the period above, we recognise the importance of providing our clients with a continued service and that the industry in which we work does not stop for the holidays. Therefore as with previous years Divex will have some staff working in the sales and materials department on the days of the 27th and 30th of December and in addition the below out of hours on call numbers will be available for any other urgent requirements that you may have.

These contact numbers are:
Graeme Clark (Sales Manager): 07770 553198
Kevin Jaques (Senior Sales Executive): 07870 180121
Martin Robb (Technical Service Manager): 07824 814926

Divex Perth and Sydney, Australia:
20th December 2013: Offices close at noon
21st December 2013 – 5th January 2014: Office is closed
6th January 2014: Normal business resumes

From all of us at Divex may we take this opportunity to wish you a very merry Christmas and a happy new year!

All the best
Divex

DIVEX CHRISTMAS CLOSURES 2014

DIVEX CHRISTMAS CLOSURES 2014

Posted by Grahamne Muir

We’d like to advise our Christmas closure times which will be in operation throughout the festive period. These closure times are as follows:

Divex Westhill, Aberdeen, UK:
24th December 2014: Normal business
25th December 2014 – 4th January 2015: Office is closed
5th January 2015: Normal business resumes

Despite being closed for the period above, we recognise the importance of providing our clients with a continued service and that the industry in which we work does not stop for the holidays. Therefore as with previous years Divex will have some staff working in the sales and materials department on the days of the 29th, 30th and 31st of December and in addition the below out of hours on call numbers will be available for any other urgent requirements that you may have.

These contact numbers are:
Graeme Clark (Sales Manager): 07770 553198
Kevin Jaques (Senior Sales Executive): 07870 180121
Martin Robb (Technical Service Manager): 07824 814926

Divex Perth and Sydney, Australia:
23th December 2014: Offices close at noon
24th December 2014 – 4th January 2015: Offices are closed
5th January 2015: Normal business resumes

From all of us at Divex may we take this opportunity to wish you a very merry Christmas and a happy new year!

All the best
Divex

JFD AWARDED LONG-TERM CONTRACT BY THE AUSTRALIAN DEPARTMENT OF DEFENCE

JFD AWARDED LONG-TERM CONTRACT BY THE AUSTRALIAN DEPARTMENT OF DEFENCE

Posted by Grahamne Muir

James Fisher Defence (JFD),the leading global subsea operations and engineering company, has been awarded a contract by the Commonwealth of Australia for the long-term provision of the Royal Australia Navy’s (RAN) submarine escape and rescue capability for the next five years, plus options through to 2024.

The James Fisher Submarine Rescue Service (JFSRS) has provided escape and rescue services to the RAN since 2008 and was recently awarded a special commendation by the RAN’s Commander Submarine Force for dedication and innovation during the recent Black Carillon exercise.

Building upon the existing six years of safe and successful operations, the new contract will incorporate the provision of Pressurised Submarine Escape Training, which will be delivered by JFD’s instructors at HMAS Stirling in Western Australia. Additional enhancements to the JFSRS will include the design and manufacture of an integrated hyperbaric capability, together with a comprehensive training and exercise programme which will sustain and grow the capability, further assuring the ability of the service to respond to a submarine in distress.

To find out more visit: JFD awarded long-term contract by the Australian Department of Defence

James Fisher Defence opens new Swimmer Delivery Vehicle manufacture and maintenance facility in Sweden.

James Fisher Defence opens new Swimmer Delivery Vehicle manufacture and maintenance facility in Sweden.

Posted by Grahamne Muir

James Fisher Defence (JFD), the leading global subsea operations and engineering company, today announced the opening of a new facility in Vaxholm, Sweden, JFD’s international base for the manufacture and maintenance of the company’s SEAL Pod range of Swimmer Delivery Vehicles (SDVs).

The new facility is the headquarters of JFD Sweden and includes over 800 square meters of manufacturing space, providing the scale and infrastructure required for the simultaneous assembly of multiple SDVs. With a fully integrated design and manufacturing capability, designers and engineers are able to operate more effectively and efficiently throughout the manufacturing process, ensuring the highest safety and quality standards.

The layout of the new facility allows various manufacturing processes such as Glass Reinforced Plastic (GRP) handling, metal work, carpentry, hydraulics and electrical work to take place in isolation. An overpressure room allows safe handling of sensitive electrical equipment in a contamination free environment. On-site training facilities and ready access to the water front provides JFD’s customers with exceptional training, trials and demonstration opportunities.

“The new facility allows us to increase our manufacturing capacity and broaden the depth of our skills in order to meet a growing global demand for highly capable swimmer delivery vehicles,” said Fredrik Hillelson, Managing Director, JFD Sweden.

“Operating from this new facility enables JFD to continue to deliver the highest possible standards in capability, safety and quality, whilst also nurturing an environment committed to innovation, and ensuring that the customer is receiving the best possible products and services.”

JFD supplies SDVs for covert operations in markets including special forces, law enforcement, counter-terrorism, maritime protection and mine countermeasures.

JFD launched its range of SDVs, known as The SEAL Pod, in 2013. The range encompasses surface or sub-sea craft, which can be optimised for a particular deployment method or mission profile and can be provided in a number of configurations:

• SEAL Carrier; surface and subsurface vehicle operating at speeds greater than 30 kts delivered by surface ship or air-drop.

• Sub SEAL; six-man submersibles delivered via an attachment to the casing of a submarine

• Torpedo SEAL; a two-man chariot delivered within a standard submarine torpedo tube

KEEPING YOU INFORMED

KEEPING YOU INFORMED

Posted by Grahamne Muir

Keeping you informed!

We want to keep you as updated as possible on what’s going on at Divex, therefore we will be sending out email bulletins covering:

  • New products
  • Product improvements
  • Caution notices
  • Updates to manuals
  • Latest company news such as contract wins
  • Exhibition information
  • Quarterly Divex newsletter: Divulged

To make sure you receive these bulletins you need to sign up, it’ll only take a few minutes and once you’ve done this you’ll be kept up to date on all relevant news!

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DIVEX SECURES CONTRACT FOR NEW SATURATION DIVING SYSTEM

DIVEX SECURES CONTRACT FOR NEW SATURATION DIVING SYSTEM

Posted by Grahamne Muir

Divex has been awarded a multi million pound contract to supply a saturation diving system to Keppel Singmarine.

Divex, a subsidiary of James Fisher and Sons plc and a world leader in commercial and defence diving products, has been contracted by Singapore shipyard Keppel Singmarine (KSM) for the engineering design, supply and installation of a 300 metre depth 18 man twin bell / twin hyperbaric lifeboat saturation diving system to be classed by DNV.

The diving systems, which will include an air/nitrox surface diving capability, are to be installed upon a new build vessel for BP Exploration Shah Deniz II Project in the Caspian Sea.  The vessel which is to be 155m long with a beam of 32m, is being purpose built for the construction phase of the project.

The vessel will be constructed in KSM’s Singapore yard in two longitudinal halves of 16m beam each. These will then be transported into the Caspian Sea through the canal linking to the Black Sea. The vessel will be completed in the Baku Shipyard for delivery in 2017.

The dive system is to comprise two side mate diving bells mated to individual Transfer Under Pressure chambers. The divers are housed in five saturation chambers. The diving bells will be deployed using the Divex pioneered triple winch guide wireless system which eliminates the traditional clump weight. Divex standard products include; Gasmizer, Gaspure and Helipure gas recovery systems and the Kinergetic range of environmental conditioning and life support systems.  Manufacture will be distributed around various Divex global facilities including Aberdeen and Glasgow, Scotland, South Africa and Australia.

Joint Managing Director, Derek Clarke commented: “This is a very important win for us particularly given the standing of both Keppel Singmarine and the ultimate owner, BP. It is the culmination of many months of work and a fitting reward for all the effort put in by Divex staff to provide the very best diving technology. Current diving support vessels in the Caspian are from the era going back to the 80s so when she is operational she will herald a significant leap forward in diving technology terms”.

Divex has a long pedigree in the successful design and manufacture of saturation diving systems and the company’s track record shows more than one hundred systems built spanning the last 35 years.

DIVEX ASIA PACIFIC IN PERTH ARE MOVING!

DIVEX ASIA PACIFIC IN PERTH ARE MOVING!

Posted by Grahamne Muir

Divex Asia Pacific are moving in to a new shared facility with our sister company James Fisher Defence in Perth, Australia. This new facility will allow us to provide a greater total underwater capability offering to our customers.

As a result of this move the current Divex facilities at 1 Success Way (Head office) and 8A Sparks Road (Stores) will be non-operational between Thursday 11 – Friday 12 September while the move commences. This means no deliveries will be available at these facilities during this time.

As of Monday 15 September 2014, Divex will be operating from the below address:

Address: 54 Bushland Ridge, Bibra Lake , Perth , WA 6163, Australia
Tel: +61 (0)8 9437 6800

Please could we ask that you update your records to our new facility address above from 15 September onwards.

We hope to make this transition between facilities as smooth as possible to minimise disruption to our customers.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us and we look forward to our continued business with you.

Many thanks
Greg Hewitt
General Manager – Divex Asia Pacific

JFD WINS FOUR-YEAR CONTRACT WITH UK SALVAGE AND MARINE OPERATIONS

JFD WINS FOUR-YEAR CONTRACT WITH UK SALVAGE AND MARINE OPERATIONS

Posted by Grahamne Muir

James Fisher Defence (JFD), the leading global sub-sea operations and engineering company, has been awarded a four-year contract to provide Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) support services to the Ministry of Defence’s Salvage and Marine Operations (S&MO) team.

The contract affords S&MO 24-hour, on-demand access to JFD’s Engineering Support Cell for specialist support with ROV maintenance, mobilisation, operations, provision of spares and equipment hire services. Technical support, advice and expertise will be provided to S&MO by an Inchinnan-based team of eight personnel which includes ROV Pilots, ROV Technicians, subsea engineers, project engineers and project managers.

JFD enjoys a lengthy history of safe ROV deployment and operation and offers similar support solutions for a range of sub-sea and offshore scenarios to the defence and commercial industries.

JFD’s established support network also includes James Fisher and Sons plc sister companies Osiris and Rumic, as well as Babcock and a number of specialist providers with whom JFD enjoys strong, established relationships. Between them, the network ensures JFD has the capability to provide S&MO with rapid responses and comprehensive solutions.

To find out more visit: JFD wins support contract
JFD Awarded Special Commendation for Submarine Rescue Exercise

JFD Awarded Special Commendation for Submarine Rescue Exercise

Posted by Grahamne Muir

Commendation awarded by the Royal Australian Navy for dedicated work, commitment and support for Exercise Black Carillon 2013

James Fisher Defence (JFD), the leading global sub-sea operations and engineering company, has been awarded a special commendation from the Submarine Force Commander of the Royal Australian Navy (RAN), as a result of their dedication and innovation demonstrated during Black Carillon 2013, a naval exercise conducted annually in order to test the capabilities of the Commonwealth’s submarine rescue provision. During the exercise, JFD and the RAN simulated a rescue from submarine HMAS Farncomb, bottomed in 112 meters of water off the east coast of Australia.

The commendation recognises the successful and professional delivery of the entire service and the challenges overcome to enable the athwart-ships deployment of the LR5 submarine rescue vehicle (SRV).

Black Carillon 2013 tested the entire capability of the James Fisher Submarine Rescue Service (JFSRS). In support of the headline requirement for a 36-hour simulated rescue and decompression of the entire submarine crew, the project included a significant logistics management element involving the deployment of the entire JFSRS by air and road, cross-country, from Perth to Sydney, a distance of some 3,950km.

JFD’s Mobilisation and Naval Architect teams were also challenged with modifying Australian Defence Vessel (ADV) Ocean Shield to allow the launch and recovery of LR5 over the side of the ship. Typically, LR5 would be deployed over the stern. The unique athwart-ships launching arrangement, made possible by four unique deckstools specifically designed by JFD, allowed the safe launch and recovery of the SRV whilst avoiding costly modifications to the stern of Ocean Shield. It also represented the first time such an arrangement has been used to safely launch a submarine rescue vehicle.

“Black Carillon 2013 allowed JFD demonstrate its expertise in safely mobilising and operating submarine rescue equipment in challenging circumstances,” said Ben Sharples, Managing Director, James Fisher Defence.

“Receiving this commendation is testament to JFD’s legacy of innovation, the hard work and dedication of our team and the excellent working relationship we enjoy with the Royal Australian Navy.”

Subsequent to receiving the Black Carillon 2013 commendation, JFD employee Amy Rankin has been awarded a similar commendation for her excellent performance and contribution as part of the RAN’s Pressurised Submarine Escape Training Team.


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