The UK’s Osiris Marine Services, a division of James Fisher and Sons plc, has completed what it says is the world’s first commercial Nitrox diver training at The Underwater Centre, Fort William.
The course, written by The Underwater Centre with consultant support from James Ridgeway, offshore manager at Osiris, trains divers in the use of Enriched Air Nitrox in an offshore commercial application.
Mr Ridgeway told Maritime Journal that there are nine divers who have completed the training so far – two dive technicians, two diving supervisors, senior project managers and divers.
“The guys will continue to work in Northern Europe and Africa on Inshore civil engineering, Offshore wind and the upstream oil and gas sector and some will be going to windfarms. The course has set a new standard for Nitrox competency. It will I believe go on to become the benchmark standard across the diving industry not only for divers and supervisors but anyone involved in a diving project where Nitrox is the chosen breathing medium,” Mr Ridgeway added.
With divers certified to International Nitrox standards, Osiris said it is able to provide customers with additional assurance in its offshore capabilities and deliver a competent Nitrox diving team to any global location.
“With the coming together of offshore wind and offshore activities in general, being the first to undertake this course, as well as our Nitrox system investment, ensures Osiris can meet all expectations of current and future offshore clients,” explained Aiden West, managing director of Osiris.
Osiris has also recently invested in an offshore Nitrox diving system which complies with the most stringent of international standards, allowing its divers to spend longer at shallower depths and reduces the risk of decompression illness.
This investment within its core diving and ROV capability means that Osiris will continue to develop its position as a complete solutions provider for the global offshore industry.