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Introduction/about JFD

JFD is one of the world’s leading subsea operations and engineering companies providing complex diving and underwater systems to the commercial and defence industries. Operating in more than 80 countries worldwide, the company is the world’s leading provider of submarine rescue capability and an established provider of submarine escape training. The company is at the forefront of Hyperbaric Rescue, along with being the leading supplier of commercial diving equipment and saturation diving systems to the commercial industry. JFD was created in 2014 through the merger of James Fisher Defence and Divex. In 2015 JFD acquired the National Hyperbaric Centre to further boost the services offered to its customers.

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Release date: 09 October 2019

JFD secures exclusive defence partnership in Turkey with Armelsan

 

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JFD, the world leading underwater capability provider serving the commercial and defence diving markets and part of James Fisher and Sons plc, today announced a new partnership with Armelsan, a leading Turkey-based designer and supplier of sonar systems for the Turkish Navy.

The partnership, which will see Armelsan become JFD’s in-country partner in Turkey for defence opportunities, is part of JFD’s ongoing ambition to improve safety and preserve the lives of submariners across the globe and improve advancements in defence diving technology.

Established in 2011 with offices in Ankara and Istanbul, Armelsan delivers a variety of sonar systems including diver detection sonar, hull mounted anti-submarine warfare sonar and mine hunting sonar, as well as ROV systems for military and civil applications. Through the new partnership with JFD, Armelsan will gain access to JFD’s submarine rescue expertise, which includes submarine rescue vehicles and submarine rescue chambers, as well as training for JFD’s defence diving products range. In turn, Armelsan will support the usage of JFD’s products by the Turkish market and Turkish companies seeking subsea solutions for international projects.

Giovanni Corbetta, Managing Director, JFD, said:

“We are pleased to have signed this new partnership with Armelsan, which opens up the Turkish defence market to JFD, enabling us to share our innovation and subsea expertise with another important global region. With complementing technologies, business values and a passion for delivering excellence, Armelsan is an ideal partner for JFD. By delivering subsea equipment to the Turkish market via our new partnership we can further deliver against our commitment to provide the best possible equipment and training to submariners and defence divers, maximising their chances of survival in the event of an incident.”

Yetkin Karakas, Chairman of the Board, Armelsan, said:

“The JFD partnership is an important step for Armelsan, through which we will be able to provide the Turkish market with a world-class submarine rescue system capability, as well as advanced training. We look forward to working with JFD to improve the safety of Turkish submariners, while supporting JFD in extending its reach in Turkey and beyond.”

JFD operates at the forefront of innovation and is a global leader in the provision of submarine rescue and support services, working with most of the advanced navies in the world. Using its market knowledge and long experience, the company continually looks to set new standards in the delivery of comprehensive defence diving systems, technologies and training that break new ground in safety and protecting life at sea.

 

Release date: 26 September 2019

JFD awarded multi-million pound contract for the design and build of submarine rescue equipment to China Shipbuilding & Offshore International Co, Ltd

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JFD, the world leading underwater capability provider serving the commercial and defence diving markets and part of James Fisher and Sons plc, today announces it has been awarded a multi-million pound contract for the design and build of submarine rescue equipment, including advanced Deep Search and Rescue Vehicles (DSAR), as part of a comprehensive submarine rescue capability being provided to China Shipbuilding & Offshore International Co., Ltd.

JFD provides fast, safe and reliable subsea rescue services, solutions products, engineering services and training to 80 countries and 33 of the world’s navies including the Royal Navy, Australian, Indian, Singapore, and South Korean Navies, as well as providing the NATO Submarine Rescue System.

Giovanni Corbetta, Managing Director, JFD, said:

“This contract award underlines JFD’s position as market leader in the submarine rescue market, safeguarding the lives of submariners and providing a comprehensive submarine rescue capability to organisations around the World.”

 

Release date: 12 September 2019

JFD launches first dual mode bite mouthpiece that significantly enhances diver safety

 

 

JFD, the world leading underwater capability provider serving the commercial and defence diving markets and part of James Fisher and Sons plc, has today announced a major safety upgrade to its Stealth rebreathers range that will significantly reduce the potential for incidents when switching to bail-out gas during mine countermeasures and explosive ordnance disposal (MCM-EOD) operations, as well as other underwater missions.

Launching at DSEI 2019, the new dual mode bite mouthpiece is an industry-first technology that enables divers to switch between JFD’s Stealth closed circuit mode and a bailout gas supply without having to remove their mouthpieces. This seamless transition between primary and secondary gas supplies significantly reduces divers’ risk of incident in the event that they need to switch gas supplies, and highlights JFD’s market leading position and pioneer of safety improvements in the military diving sector.

The dual mode bite mouthpiece eliminates the previous necessity for divers working in extreme and unpredictable conditions to manually remove their mouthpiece to change from rebreather to bailout gas. The new mouthpiece has been extensively tested to achieve full compliance to all relevant standards to 100msw and allow simple integration into all existing and new Stealth systems, which includes both Stealth CDLSE, Stealth SC and previous variants, further enhancing diver safety and system commonality that allows full compatibility with additional systems such as the External Breathing System (XBS) and Surface Supply Bail-Out System.

Giovanni Corbetta, Managing Director, JFD, said:

“The launch of the dual mode bite mouthpiece marks an important milestone in our ongoing programme of upgrades to JFD’s Stealth rebreathers range, all aimed at continually setting new benchmarks in underwater life support technology and diver safety standards. This latest innovation dramatically improves the outcomes for divers who find themselves without gas in the most extreme and challenging environments, enabling them to focus on their missions without being distracted by concerns over equipment reliability.

“Showcasing the dual mode bite mouthpiece during DSEI provides an important opportunity for us to showcase JFD’s latest innovations on one of the largest stages in the global defence industry. We look forward to meeting with visitors to discuss the important issues of operational performance and diver safety, both of which are fundamental to the successful completion of MCM-EOD operations.”

 

Release date: 02 September 2019

JFD successfully delivers world’s first 500m rated saturation diving products

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JFD, the world leading underwater capability provider serving the commercial and defence diving markets and part of James Fisher and Sons plc, has successfully delivered the world’s first saturation diving products rated to a depth of 500m.

The products have been developed as part of a saturation diving system for a leading offshore service provider. The development demonstrates JFD’s ability to overcome the most complex challenges and provide solutions that set new operational performance and safety standards.

The new products, which include environmental control systems, gas reclaim and life support products, provide the most advanced saturation dive capability in the world, allowing the most complex offshore operations to be conducted efficiently in the safest possible conditions.

Giovanni Corbetta, Managing Director, JFD, said:

“We are pleased to have reached this latest milestone in this one-of-a-kind deep-sea diving project which demonstrates JFD’s capability in developing technology and simulating performance in the most challenging underwater environments. The delivery of these world-first products is the latest demonstration of JFD’s world-leading R&D and innovation programme, and our ability to develop solutions that overcome the most complex of challenges for our customers. This is not only integral to everything we do as an organisation, but also the driving force behind delivering ever-improving safety standards for commercial divers operating in the offshore industry.”

To meet the requirement for 500m rated products, JFD updated its existing technology to provide greater performance capacity, as well as developing entirely new products, all of which have to be verified and proven at this lower operational depth, improving JFD’s offering to the commercial diving sector. The new technology utilised by JFD has enabled multiple products to be designed that are able to cope with increased pressure, increased ability to heat and cool the divers’ living environment and increased transfer of gas and fluids at this extreme operational depth.

JFD has previously modified its range of equipment to meet customer requirements. In 2014, as part of a saturation diving system built for the Russian Navy to support submarine rescue operations, JFD saturation diving products were enhanced for 450msw operation and incorporated within the diving vessel Igor Belousov.

Mr Corbetta added:

“The development of these saturation diving products highlights JFD as a leader at the forefront of innovation in the provision of commercial diving products. Using our market knowledge and extensive experience, we continually look to set new standards in the delivery of comprehensive systems, technologies and training that break new ground in safety and protecting life at sea.”

 

Release date: 26 August 2019

JFD acquires closed bell diving system to re-establish leading global saturation diving training capability

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JFD, the world leading underwater capability provider serving the commercial and defence diving markets, and part of James Fisher and Sons plc, has today announced that it has acquired the closed bell saturation diving system and associated assets formally owned by The Underwater Centre.

The acquisition will enable JFD to re-establish the leading global closed bell diver training programme – also known as sat diver training – and the only UK-based training capability that will fulfil an urgent market need for skilled saturation divers.

The future of the global offshore and subsea markets is dependent on the ability of saturation divers to conduct complex and demanding installation and maintenance operations in what can be extremely challenging environments. The re-establishment of industry-leading closed bell diving training in the UK will allow commercial divers to gain the skills and expertise they need to safely dive using a saturation diving system, enabling them to reach their field of work and return safely to the surface for every operation they conduct. Once established, JFD’s saturation diving training will be one of only two programmes in the world that will provide divers an internationally-recognised closed bell saturation diving qualification.

Giovanni Corbetta, Managing Director, JFD, commented:

“Re-establishing closed bell diver training at Fort William is very much in line with JFD’s ongoing drive to provide divers and subsea operators with the skills, equipment, capabilities and training they need to carry out their work whilst ensuring their safety at all times. Given recent growth in the industry, now more than ever it is essential that there is a training capability in place that fulfils an urgent need for skilled saturation divers, whilst ensuring that the highest standards in safety are always maintained.”

Before delivering closed bell diver training, JFD will make further enhancements to the system to further develop its capability.

The system also includes a Self-Propelled Hyperbaric Lifeboat (SPHL), giving divers the ability to undertake emergency escape training as part of the saturation diving course. JFD will be the only company to conduct emergency escape and evacuation training as part of its closed bell diver training, ensuring that divers understand the integral operation of a SPHL as part of a saturation diving system.

The diving facility in Fort William has been training divers for over 40 years and has long been seen as being one of the world’s foremost diver training locations. Building on its global reputation as a centre of excellence for advanced diver training, JFD’s acquisition of the saturation diving system and re-establishment of closed bell diver training will further solidify both JFD and the UK’s reputation as a leading global centre for diving excellence.

JFD operates at the forefront of innovation in subsea operations and has been a world leader in commercial diving and submarine emergency evacuation for many years.  With its pedigree, market knowledge and understanding – in conjunction with the unrivalled expertise and skills of its engineering staff – JFD invests in the development of comprehensive systems, technologies, innovations and training that continually break new ground in ensuring the highest standards in safety and quality in protecting life at sea.

 

Release date: 14 August 2019

JFD acquires Ortega Submersibles to further enhance its advanced swimmer delivery vehicle offering

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JFD, the world leading underwater capability provider serving the commercial and defence diving markets, and part of James Fisher and Sons plc, has today announced its acquisition of all the assets, IP and designs rights of Ortega Submersibles BV, the Netherlands-based submersible boat designer and manufacturer.

The acquisition will enable JFD to expand further its offering of advanced Swimmer Delivery Vehicles (SDVs) and to develop new vehicles and capabilities in order to meet increased market demand for specialised small and medium-sized craft.

JFD, through its subsidiary JFD Ortega BV, will retain Ortega´s office and manufacturing facility and its whole team of designers and engineers at the established operational base in Enschede, The Netherlands.

JFD will also add to its existing SDV manufacturing capability based in Vaxholm, Sweden, and expand its offering to include new vehicle designs that will allow Special Forces operators to safely conduct covertly challenging missions.

Giovanni Corbetta, managing director, JFD, said:

“Deploying Special Forces operators into their field of operations always has its challenges, but when it comes to covert operations in the open sea, safe insertion and extraction to and from the field takes on an even greater level of complexity and importance. Divers can become easily fatigued and exhausted if exposed for long periods in the open water, particularly where there is a need for submarines and surface vessels to be kept as far away from the area of operations as possible in order to avoid detection.  This often requires divers to swim great distances unless there is an SDV capability in place suitable for their mission requirements.

“JFD´s SDVs primarily exist to facilitate the safe insertion and extraction of special operations forces and equipment. They have been developed with the needs of today’s operations in mind, enabling us to offer navies a broad range of vehicles to suit a variety of mission types and deployment methods. Through our acquisition of Ortega Submersibles, we will be able to expand our SDV offering, particularly for fully electric smaller and medium sized boats, to ensure that Special Forces operatives have the means to safely insert and extract themselves from any operation and under any mission requirements. The partnership will strengthen the synergies between the two companies, whilst allowing engineers and designers to share their knowledge and experience to ensure there is an optimal SDV capability that meets the market’s needs for specialist submersibles.”

JFD’s advanced range of SDVs are specifically designed to facilitate the safe insertion and extraction of Special Forces and their equipment from different types of vessels, providing navies with the capability to deliver the payload (operators) safely to their intended point of insertion at a high level of readiness. In all JFD SDVs, operators are shielded from the water stream, enabling them to retain warmth and reduce the cold water temperature exchange rate. This minimises the physical impact of the insertion or extraction operation and ensures divers are able to keep fatigue to an absolute minimum.

Development, testing and trials of JFD’s existing range of SDVs has taken place in the Stockholm archipelago, the Baltic Sea, Portland harbour and the waters off the west coast of Scotland. Fully tailored to customer requirements, the vehicles combine the Swedish commitment to safety-led design and the ship-building heritage of the Clyde; all underpinned by a unique operational pedigree with operator input at all stages of this process. The expansion of this through the acquisition of the facilities and the team in Enschede will allow JFD to continue to build on this heritage.

JFD provides advanced SDVs to a number of notable navies. As an established capability provider, and operating worldwide, JFD has in its portfolio a comprehensive range of products, services and aftercare solutions for the defence industry, including Special Forces, law enforcement, counter terrorism, maritime protection and mine countermeasures.

EC Hambro Rabben & Partners acted as financial advisor to JFD.

 

19 August 2019

JFD signs strategic partnership with Y-40 to provide pressurised submarine escape training in world’s deepest pool

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JFD, the world-leading underwater capability provider serving the commercial and defence diving markets and part of James Fisher and Sons plc, has formed a strategic partnership with Y-40, owner and operator of the world’s deepest pool (42.15m), to facilitate submarine escape training as required by navies worldwide.

The partnership is in line with JFD’s strategy and ongoing commitment to providing submariners with a total support capability from training through to the delivery of a complete submarine rescue service.  The development further strengthens JFD’s presence in the Italian market, and going forward the company will expand the use of the pool to include training for military and commercial divers.

The new training simulates the experience of escaping from a distressed submarine in a safe and controlled environment. JFD and Y-40 will commence pressurised submariner training in Q4 2019.

Giovanni Corbetta, Managing Director, from JFD commented:

“We see great potential in this new partnership which allows JFD to provide pressurised submarine escape training at the Y-40 facility which is a central location accessible for many navies.  It allows us to deliver against our commitment to provide the best possible training to submariners that will maximise their chances of survival in the event of an incident. This partnership means that we will have the necessary resources and facilities in place to equip submariners with pressurised training that delivers potentially lifesaving skills. In time, we look forward to extending our partnership with Y-40, so that commercial divers can also benefit from this world-leading training.”

Emanuele Boaretto, Architect and CEO, from Y-40 commented:

“We are pleased to partner with JFD on this new project, which will enable us to use the existing facilities at our deep-water pool improve the safety of the global submariner community. As the first and only deep pool that runs on thermal waters, we’re able to keep operating costs down. This means the training offered at our facility and delivered by JFD will be both affordable, as well as easily accessible.”

As part of JFD’s strategy to provide complete SMERAS (Submarine Escape & Rescue Surface Abandonment and Survival) capability support from escape training through to a full submarine rescue service, JFD has expanded its base of operations for escape training to provide further choice to the market.  The recent partnerships with both Aquacentrum Den Helder and Y-40 in Italy allow customers the choice of pressurised training facilities at which they can undertake submarine escape training in the facility which best suits their needs and location.

JFD operates at the forefront of innovation and is a global leader in the provision of submarine rescue and support services, working with most of the advanced navies in the world.  Using its market knowledge and long experience, the company continually looks to set new standards in the delivery of comprehensive systems, technologies and training that break new ground in safety and protecting life at sea.

 

12 August 2019

JFD SIGNS STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIP WITH AQUACENTRUM DEN HELDER TO PROVIDE SUBMARINE ESCAPE TRAINING

  • Partnership in line with JFD’s strategy to provide complete SMERAS (Submarine Escape & Rescue, Abandonment and Survival) capability support from escape training through to a full submarine rescue service
  • Training customised for each client with access to the only non-military escape tower in Europe suitable for diver and escape training
  • New partnership provides submariners with realistic escape training within a safe and disciplined teaching environment

 

JFD, the world leading underwater capability provider serving the commercial and defence diving markets and part of James Fisher and Sons plc, has today announced a strategic partnership with the Aquacentrum Den Helder, which combines submarine escape training, commercial diving training and recreational pools for public use within a single building. The partnership between JFD and Aquacentrum Den Helder will allow both new and existing submarine operating nations to train their submariners in escape and abandonment in the most realistic environment possible.  The partnership continues JFD’s strategy to provide customers with a total support capability from SMERAS capability support from escape training through to a full submarine rescue service.

The facility, which is owned by the City of Den Helder, will provide JFD and its customers with access to a uniquely realistic experience in simulating an escape from a distressed submarine utilising an 11-meter-deep pressurised escape tower in a safe and disciplined environment.  JFD will provide three-day courses for international navies, even at short notice, ensuring that the capability can be easily accessed, and that the training is tailored for each customer accordingly.

Giovanni Corbetta, Managing Director, from JFD commented:

“Ensuring the safety of submariners and subsea operators remains at the heart of JFD and the foundation from which our company has been built.  Providing training in the most realistic environment and conditions possible is a critical element in ensuring that submariners have the skills and resources to survive in the event of an incident.  The partnership with Aquacentrum Den Helder demonstrates JFD’s commitment to providing our customers with the best possible facilities and capabilities to conduct this essential training, as well as our focus on providing a full end-to-end support capability for international navies and submariners.”

JFD can also provide many other courses including Distressed Submarine Survival Training, Senior Survivor and Contractor courses.  Other types of training include Pod Posting and diver exit and re-entry training. The facility also provides ‘train the trainers’ courses for other escape centres and nations procuring their own indigenous training capability.

Herbert de Vries, Dive Safety Manager from Aquacentrum Den Helder commented:

“Providing submariners with the most realistic environment to simulate submarine escape and rescue is fundamental in delivering the best possible training.  Accommodating the only non-military escape tower in Europe which can support both diver training and escape training makes the facilities of Aquacentrum Den Helder unique to the region, and in partnering with JFD we can create a benchmark for best-in-class training for submariners and those that operate beneath the sea, often in the harshest of conditions.”

JFD operates at the forefront of innovation and is a global leader in the provision of submarine rescue and support services, working with most of the advanced navies in the world.  Using its market knowledge and long experience, the company continually looks to set new standards in the delivery of comprehensive systems, technologies and training that break new ground in safety and protecting life at sea.

 

JFD successfully completes third generation submarine rescue system trials for the Indian Navy

JFD successfully delivered the second of two Third Generation submarine rescue systems to the Indian Navy in December 2018 and final Sea Acceptance Trials (SATs) have been completed.

Under a £193m contract signed in March 2016, JFD was contracted to provide two complete Third Generation fly-away submarine rescue systems to the Indian Navy.

The contract included Deep Search and Rescue Vehicles (DSRV), Launch and Recovery Systems (LARS) equipment, Transfer Under Pressure (TUP) systems, and all logistics and support equipment required to operate the service. The contract also includes a 25-year all-encompassing maintenance support service.

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                                         Submarine rescue vessel to be deployed by Malin React and JFD

 

Glasgow firm Malin React has teamed up with underwater specialist JFD to provide a worldwide emergency submarine rescue service.

The agreement is designed to ensure rapid vessel mobilisation of JFD’s submarine rescue assets anywhere in the world, minimising the time to first rescue (TTFR).

Malin React, which offers ship mobilisation solutions, JFD, part of Cumbria-based James Fisher and Sons, will create a global pool of engineers on 24-hour standby to help commercial and military clients. Both firms have Aberdeen and Glasgow offices.
Richard Devlin, head of operations, EMEA and global submarine rescue at JFD said: “In the event of an incident, the fast and effective mobilisation of a submarine rescue system is a vital component of the rescue operation, and having the ability to quickly reach a distressed submarine anywhere in the world whilst maintaining optimum operational capability is critical to protecting human life at sea.”
                                Rescue submarine on its launch vessel is like something from TV show Thunderbirds

 

In the event of a submarine emergency, and assuming no dedicated rescue vessels are available, a fly-away submarine rescue capability will be deployed and mobilised to a nearby vessel of opportunity (VOO) which will then conduct a rescue operation for the distressed submarine (DISSUB).

The firms said that critical to the success of rescue operations is keeping the TTFR to an absolute minimum, ensuring that the rescue capability is always available and ready to deploy as quickly as possible.

To successfully and quickly deploy a JFD submarine rescue capability to the site of the DISSUB within the shortest possible time frame, a vital component in the rescue evolution is ensuring the fast and efficient installation of the rescue assets onto a suitable VOO. The teaming agreement with Malin React will ensure there is a dedicated and experienced global pool of engineers on standby.

Graham Tait, managing director at Malin React, added: “Through this agreement, Malin React and JFD are able to combine naval architecture, engineering and installation resources and processes, creating a mobilisation team with the broad experience and reach to provide global support to JFD and the world’s navies.”

 

Release date: 10 July 2019

JFD successfully completes portable HRF mating trials for TechnipFMC

JFD, the world leading underwater capability provider serving the commercial and defence diving markets, and part of James Fisher and Sons plc, has successfully completed rigorous mating trials of its latest Portable Hyperbaric Reception Facility (PHRF) for TechnipFMC, a global leader in subsea, onshore, offshore and surface technologies.

The successful completion of the trials, conducted with two of TechnipFMC’s vessels, provides divers with the assurance that every possible measure has been put into place to ensure their safety should there be an incident.

In the event of an emergency evacuation, even once divers have reached the perceived relative safety of onshore via a hyperbaric lifeboat, they still need to undergo a thorough decompression process to safely return to sea level (Surface) before being exposed to atmospheric pressure and prevent suffering the potentially fatal effects of decompression sickness. Although the preferred option may be to transfer saturation divers to a fixed Hyperbaric Rescue Centre (HRC), often due to time constraints, and depending the location of the divers, this can be challenging. As a contingency, a portable HRF capability allows divers to safely begin the decompression process even if they are operating in a remote location.

Over the course of the trials, JFD performed successful mating exercises with the port and starboard Self-Propelled Hyperbaric Lifeboats (SPHL) of TechnipFMC’s vessels Deep Discoverer and Deep Arctic. Testing included lifting the SPHLs from a Harbour and also tran

sported by trailer to the PHRF at the NHC and mating with the PHRF using a precise hydraulic system to ensure there is a solid seal with no leaks, thereby facilitating a safe and effective decompression process. Critically, each separate mating exercise was completed in less than two hours which ensures that divers can be transferred into the PHRF as quickly as possible, an essential aspect of conducting safe and efficient rescue operations, and one that optimises the chances of returning the diver to safety.

Giovanni Corbetta, Managing Director at JFD, commented:

“The health and safety of divers must always be the primary concern for any operation, regardless of how or where it is carried out. In order to protect the lives of divers it is paramount that there are emergency measures in place, supported by the necessary technical capabilities, and that this covers the entire rescue and evacuation process, from deep sea to the shore. This means providing divers with advanced and reliable technical solutions that will allow them to return to safety at pressure and undergo a safe decompression process.

“Incidents that can impact divers, who are often times operating in challenging environments and under difficult conditions, can quickly become life-threatening. Knowing that divers will have access to a PHRF within a short timeframe irrespective of where they are operating offers reassurance that all possible measures have been taken to ensure that divers can safely carry out their operations. These trials are part of an ongoing drive to realise significant improvements in safety standards across the global subsea industry.”

JFD’s portable HRF systems are easily transportable and are designed to suit a variety of hyperbaric lifeboat and HRC configurations to maximise the likelihood of a successful rescue. For over 30 years, JFD has played a key role in advancing hyperbaric rescue capabilities through designing and manufacturing the most capable land based system in the world, as well as proven Portable Hyperbaric Rescue Facilities (HRF) assets. JFD has played a leading role in the provision of hyperbaric reception services having maintained the UK’s only land based fixed HRF, at the National Hyperbaric Centre, since 1987.

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Release date: 08 July 2019

JFD successfully completes critical sea acceptance trials and training for submarine rescue system delivered to the Indian Navy

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JFD, the world leading underwater capability provider serving the commercial and defence diving markets, and part of James Fisher and Sons plc, has successfully completed sea acceptance trials and training on the second of two advanced submarine rescue systems recently delivered to the Indian Navy.

The completion of the sea acceptance trials, conducted on the east coast of India at Visakhapatnam where the system will be based, marks a key milestone in ensuring there is a comprehensive fly-away submarine rescue capability in place that will safeguard the lives of submariners operating anywhere in the world.

Following on from a similar set of sea trials and training delivered to the Indian Navy’s west coast Submarine Rescue Unit at Mumbai last year, JFD has now completed the rigorous sea trials process for both systems.  As a next step in the ongoing trials and acceptance phase of the delivery, JFD will conduct air loading trials of the key equipment into Indian Military IL76 and C17 aircraft, providing the Indian Navy with extensive rescue capabilities and ensuring the highest safety standards are upheld.

Throughout the sea trials process, JFD and the Indian Navy conducted multiple dives of the system’s Deep Search and Rescue Vehicle (DSRV) to both fixed and angled targets, as well as mating exercises with Indian Navy submarines including the safe transfer of personnel, testing all aspects of the DSRV’s capabilities. As part of the trials and acceptance process, a team of more than 30 experts trialled all aspects of the submarine rescue system including conducting multiple dives of the Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) to ensure accuracy in locating targets and conducting surveys, Side Scan Sonar exercises to accurately locate and identify targets, and Transfer Under Pressure operations, including mating to the three deck decompression chambers, to prove the capability of the system in conducting the evacuation of personnel at pressure followed by a safe decompression process. The trials programme proved the ability of the DSRV to operate effectively with multiple India Navy submarines maximising the chances of a successful rescue operation.

Giovanni Corbetta, Managing Director, JFD, commented:

‘The delivery and sea trials acceptance of these two new third generation fly-away submarine rescue systems ensures the provision of a highly advanced rescue capability, not only to the Indian Navy, but – crucially – to submariners operating all over the world. In undertaking this rigorous and thorough sea trials process, JFD has worked in close partnership with the Indian Navy in testing and proving the capabilities of the system whilst simultaneously providing the Indian Navy with the knowledge and experience they need to successfully put their skills into practice in the most urgent situations, ensuring they are able to conduct potentially complex rescue operations even in extreme environments.

‘The Indian Navy’s east coast-based rescue team, who will operate the system when in service, have after 24 days of intensive training at sea proven that they are equipped with the skills and expertise to conduct safe and efficient submarine rescue operations, should the need ever arise.”

Following the completion of the sea acceptance trials, JFD will continue to work closely with the Indian Navy to train the crew on the safe operation and maintenance of the system, allowing them to gain vital hands-on experience that will ensure the safe and effective operation of both systems for years to come. The acceptance process and equally intensive training programme provides practical experience for the full operational team of 36 individuals required to operate a submarine rescue system.

The DSRVs operating as part of the third generation submarine rescue systems mark a pioneering step-change in real world submarine rescue capabilities. The vehicles have been designed with a weight that optimises maximum payload whilst safeguarding the vehicles’ transportability, a critical factor in minimising the time required to mobilise the system whilst ensuring that as many submariners as possible can be rescued at one time, maximising the chances of a successful rescue. The DSRVs are capable of operating at greater depths than most submarine rescue vehicles, providing the crew with reassurance there is an effective and robust capability should an incident arise, even in challenging conditions and at great depth.

Designed to optimise speed and manoeuvrability – both crucial factors in conducting a successful rescue operation –  the vehicles have the capability to mate with any submarine, even those that might be subject to inclination on the seabed, providing reassurance to both the team onboard the submarine and to those supporting on land that there is a rescue capability in place that can bring the stricken submariners to safety.

JFD is committed to ensuring that the safety of submariners is protected at all times, and has worked in close partnership with the customer to ensure that the systems are not only in place, but that the crew is confident in their ability to carry out safe and effective submarine rescue missions in the event of an incident.

 

Release date: 25 June 2019

JFD and Malin React sign global submarine rescue teaming agreement

 

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JFD, the world leading underwater capability provider serving the commercial and defence diving markets and part of James Fisher and Sons plc, will combine expertise and experience with Malin React, the world class provider of turn-key ship mobilisation solutions. The teaming agreement will ensure rapid vessel mobilisation of JFD’s submarine rescue assets to facilitate the fastest possible deployment anywhere in the world, minimising the Time to First Rescue (TTFR) and optimising the chances of a successful rescue.

In the event of a submarine emergency, and assuming no dedicated rescue vessels are available, a fly-away submarine rescue capability will be deployed and mobilised to a nearby Vessel of Opportunity (VOO) which will then conduct a rescue operation for the distressed submarine (DISSUB). Critical to the success of rescue operations is keeping the TTFR to an absolute minimum, ensuring that the rescue capability is always available and ready to deploy as quickly as possible.

To successfully and quickly deploy a JFD submarine rescue capability to the site of the DISSUB within the shortest possible time frame, a vital component in the rescue evolution is ensuring the fast and efficient installation of the rescue assets onto a suitable VOO. This complex engineering challenge will more than likely be done in very short timescales and demand the efforts of many multi skilled engineers to ensure the rescue equipment can seamlessly be embarked onto a vessel without any time delays. The teaming agreement with Malin React will ensure there is a dedicated and experienced global pool of engineers on standby ready to support both the mobilisation and embarkation phases.

Richard Devlin, Head of Operations, EMEA and Global Submarine Rescue at JFD said:

“In the event of an incident, the fast and effective mobilisation of a submarine rescue system is a vital component of the rescue operation, and having the ability to quickly reach a distressed submarine anywhere in the world whilst maintaining optimum operational capability is critical to protecting human life at sea. Time is of the essence, and JFD’s submarine rescue systems are specifically designed to get to the DISSUB in the shortest time frame possible. By having robust arrangements in place for selecting the most suitable vessel and installing the equipment as quickly and safely as possible, we can ensure that we are taking every available measure to reach submariners in time and bring them back to safety.

“In practical terms, effective mobilisations can be best assured by putting in place practiced, coherent and properly resourced plans which consider all variables. This includes the scope of the engineering task, deck preparatory works, the approvals process with the nominated classification societies and the required levels of information exchange with our clients, all of which are crucial to decreasing TTFR and hence increasing the chances of a successful rescue operation.”

Graham Tait, Managing Director for Malin React said:

“Through this agreement, Malin React and JFD are able to combine naval architecture, engineering and installation resources and processes, creating a mobilisation team with the broad experience and reach to provide global support to JFD and the world’s navies.

“By combining these capabilities with those of Malin React’s extensive Oil and Gas operations, we can support JFD ensuring readiness at immediate notice, which is essential for overcoming the challenges associated with deploying systems to support a rescue.”

JFD provides fast, safe and reliable subsea rescue services, solutions products, engineering services and training to 80 countries and 33 of the world’s navies including the Royal Navy, Indian, Australian, Singapore, and Korean Navies, as well as providing the NATO Submarine Rescue System.  This includes four full fly-away Submarine Rescue Systems to three of the world’s leading navies.

Malin React, one of seven brands which form Malin Marine Limited, regularly undertakes ship-based equipment installations for international oil and gas customers, taking responsibility for everything from logistics to sea fastenings, class approvals to welding and load testing.

 

Release Date: 17 June 2019

JFD successfully completes comprehensive NATO Golden Arrow submarine rescue exercise

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JFD, the world leading underwater capability provider serving the commercial and defence diving markets, and part of James Fisher and Sons plc, has successfully completed a comprehensive submarine rescue exercise to mobilise the entire NATO Submarine Rescue System (NSRS).

The exercise, titled Golden Arrow, provided vital hands-on training that further optimises the crew’s ability to conduct safe and effective rescue operations, ensuring the capability remains ready to seamlessly respond to an incident anywhere in the world.

The Golden Arrow exercise involved the full mobilisation and demobilisation of the NSRS rescue system from Glasgow’s King George V Dock, as well as operational training including the safe launch and recovery of the submarine rescue vehicle (SRV), laying the mating target, and conducting mating and hyperbaric operations.

During the exercise, JFD also took the opportunity to formally demonstrate to the participant nations the ability to launch and recover NSRS’s submarine rescue vehicle without the use of a support boat, or deploying swimmers. The diverless launch and recovery system – known as “DLARS” – is a feature of several of JFD’s submarine rescue systems, and is key to being able to operate confidently and safely in higher sea states.

Cdr Chris Coles – NSRS Project Manager (on behalf of the NSRS Authority), commented:
“The French, Norwegian and UK NSRS Authority were very happy with the conduct of Exercise Golden Arrow as a demonstration of system capability. It is important to regularly reassure ourselves that our rescue system is both safe to operate and being operated safely. The demonstration of DLARS was a great milestone and improves confidence of our ability to work in higher sea states.”

Richard Devlin, head of operations – EMEA region, global submarine escape and rescue, JFD, commented:
“The Golden Arrow exercise provided JFD with the opportunity to once again demonstrate the world-class capability of NSRS. Our highly trained operational team worked around the clock to ensure the exercise was completed safely and efficiently, instilling further confidence for the participating nations of France, Norway and the UK such that, in the event of an emergency, the NSRS can mobilise quickly and effectively.”

Upon completion of the exercise, the mothership (MOSHIP) transited back to the disembarkation point at King George V Dock, from where the equipment was returned to HMNB Clyde where it remains primed and ready to respond instantaneously.

Regular submarine intervention and rescue exercises are essential for ensuring equipment and personnel are able to respond effectively in the event of a submarine accident, and in as little time as possible. To date, JFD has undertaken eight successful rescue exercises throughout the course of operating NSRS, reinforcing its responsibility in assuring the operations team is fully trained in all aspects of a safe rescue.

The exercise also offered the chance to demonstrate multi-national submarine rescue co-operation and provides a platform for sharing knowledge amongst participating nations.

Devlin, continued:
“Fast and effective mobilisation of submarine rescue systems is a vital component of successful rescue operations, and having the ability to quickly reach a DISSUB anywhere in the world whilst maintaining optimum operational capability is critical to protecting human life at sea.

“Exercise Golden Arrow was once again a demonstration of JFD’s ability to safely plan, manage and execute a complex large scale at sea deployment to the satisfaction of our customers in France, Norway and the UK.”

 

Release date: 08 May 2019

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JFD successfully completes critical subsea mating exercises for the second submarine rescue system delivered to the Indian Navy.

JFD, the world leading underwater capability provider serving the commercial and defence diving markets, and part of James Fisher and Sons plc, has successfully completed critical subsea mating exercises, marking a key milestone in the sea acceptance trials of the various assets comprising the second of the two Third Generation Submarine Rescue Flyaway Systems delivered to the Indian Navy.

Through the course of the trials, and in close partnership with the Indian Navy, JFD carried out multiple dives including underwater mating operations with a bottomed submarine and conducting a safe transfer of personnel from the submarine to the Deep Search and Rescue Vehicle (DSRV), ensuring there is a robust and effective submarine rescue capability in place.

Throughout the sea trials and acceptance programme for the second system, JFD and the Indian Navy have conducted multiple dives of both the DSRV and the Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV), in addition to Side Scan Sonar operations, and pressurisation exercises of the Deck Decompression Chambers (DDCs). Deep dives were conducted to a depth of 805m for the ROV and 650m for the DSRV, as well as an angled targeted mating exercise carried out at 45 degrees, all of which represent significant ‘firsts’ for the second system. Following the completion of the sea acceptance trials, JFD will work with the Indian Navy to train the crew on the safe operation and maintenance of the system, allowing them to gain vital hands-on experience that will ensure the safe and effective operation of both systems.

Giovanni Corbetta, Managing Director, commented:

“JFD is committed to ensuring that the safety of submariners is protected at all times, and throughout the process of delivering two highly capable Third Generation submarine rescue systems to the Indian Navy, we have worked in close partnership with the customer to ensure that the systems are not only in place, but that the crew is confident in their ability to carry out safe and effective submarine rescue missions in the event of an incident.

“The sea acceptance trials for the second system have been conducted seamlessly between teams operating in both the UK and in-country, and we are pleased to have delivered all elements despite the geographical challenges faced by the teams. The trials have proven the ability of the system to undertake rescue operations from a disabled submarine (DISSUB) at sea, providing the Indian Navy with a critical submarine rescue capability. The Indian Navy east coast-based rescue team, who will operate the second system when in service, have been active participants throughout this phase of the trials, ensuring they are equipped with the skills and expertise to conduct safe and efficient submarine rescue operations, should the need ever arise.”

Having already successfully completed harbour trials earlier this year, the second system has now completed a full launch deployment, dive and recovery as well as an underwater mating exercise, replicating the operating conditions of a real submarine rescue operation. The completion of vital elements of the sea acceptance trials represent a significant milestone in the ongoing delivery and acceptance of the Third Generation Submarine Rescue System, which is grounded in a rigorous trials and testing process that ensures the highest safety standards are upheld.

 

JFD successfully completes third generation submarine rescue system trials for the Indian Navy

JFD successfully delivered the second of two Third Generation submarine rescue systems to the Indian Navy in December 2018 and final Sea Acceptance Trials (SATs) have been completed.

Under a £193m contract signed in March 2016, JFD was contracted to provide two complete Third Generation fly-away submarine rescue systems to the Indian Navy.

The contract included Deep Search and Rescue Vehicles (DSRV), Launch and Recovery Systems (LARS) equipment, Transfer Under Pressure (TUP) systems, and all logistics and support equipment required to operate the service. The contract also includes a 25-year all-encompassing maintenance support service.

The equipment was designed, manufactured, integrated and tested by JFD prior to shipping to India, where the final Sea Acceptance Trials (SATs) took place. JFD personnel will remain in country to work in close partnership with the Indian Navy to complete comprehensive training on the safe operation of the system.

The Indian Navy formally inducted its first DSRV into service at a ceremony in Mumbai, India on the 12 December and the second system was been delivered to the customer just eight months after the first system.

Chief of the Naval Staff for the Indian Navy, Admiral Sunil Lanba, commented: “The DSRV (induction) is a landmark event and it marks the culmination of years of focused efforts of the Navy in acquiring niche submarine rescue capability. With these capabilities, the Indian Navy has joined the select league of navies that operate such assets.”

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7 March 2019

Black Carillon 2018 – VIDEO RELEASED

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The latest Royal Australian Navy annual submarine rescue exercise, with its long standing submarine rescue enterprise partner, JFD.

Conducted the end of 2018 the exercise, in at times challenging weather conditions, the exercise demonstrated the world-class capability of the fully-integrated system that JFD provides to the Australian Government.  This system includes a submarine rescue vehicle, a transfer-under-pressure chamber and a hyperbaric equipment suite to ensure that submariners receive the best possible medical treatment once they are back on the water’s surface.

“It is vital that our submarine rescue system can rescue and treat all personnel on board a Collins-class submarine and that is why these annual exercises involving the RAN, JFD’s 100-strong skilled workforce and our extensive supply chain are so critical,” said JFD Australia managing director, Toff Idrus (a former submariner).

“This was the first Black Carillon where we have tested the entire rescue system which also now includes the new hyperbaric equipment suite and the first time we have deployed to sea three times in one year, so there were some big milestones to achieve and I am delighted to say, we achieved each and every one of our goals.”

The RAN also commended JFD on a safe and highly successful Black Carillon:

“I was exceptionally impressed with what you achieved in the exercise and it was clearly evident that you had developed a strong sense of teamwork,” said Captain Geoff Wadley RAN, Commander Submarine Force.

“Speaking to international observers, they were unanimous in their praise for the exercise and the value they all got out of it, a job exceptionally well done.”

WATCH THE BLACK CARILLON 2018 EXERCISE – HERE!

 

27 February 2019

COBRA (Compact Bailout Rebreathing Apparatus) is a unique bailout system combining significant safety advancements while remaining easy to operate and maintain.

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Designed and developed by JFD as part of its Divex range of rebreathers, COBRA is a direct and highly effectual response to the urgent need for significant safety improvements in the saturation diving industry.

COBRA is the only commercial emergency rebreather system in the world to have been granted CE Marking status to NORSOK U101 (Diving Respiratory Equipment) and EN14143 (Self Contained Rebreathing Apparatus), leading the way in terms of safety and functionality.

The system supplies an extended duration of fully independent breathing gas in an emergency scenario, and is designed to be smaller than most bailout systems. Like all Divex breathing systems, COBRA is robust and reliable with a very low work of breathing.

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Release date: 29 January 2019

JFD launches first flexible rebreather capability for military combat divers

JFD, the world-leading underwater capability provider serving the commercial and defence diving markets and part of James Fisher and Sons plc, has announced the launch of its Shadow/B defence rebreather, providing the market with a back-mounted rebreather capability, from their established product line, for the first time.

Combined with a conversion kit that allows divers to convert from a front-mounted to a back-mounted rebreather, the launch of the Shadow/B represents the latest in a long line of technological developments designed to enhance safety in military combat diving.

With the significant growth in navies looking to develop specific maritime skills for special forces, counter-terrorism and other areas of covert operations, there is a fundamental requirement for navies to keep their physical assets, including submarines and vessels, as far away from conflict as possible, and this is leading to the integration of swimmer delivery vehicles (SDVs) onto suitable submarines and other platforms. Traditionally, rebreather sets worn by combat divers are front-mounted which prevents the diver from being able to pilot the SDV that would facilitate their insertion into the operational field, creating the necessity to purchase multiple rebreather sets for the dive team. The JFD Shadow/B set and conversion option allows divers to adapt their equipment to best suit mission requirements, allowing them to carry out their operations safely and efficiently.

Danny Gray, Operations Director, JFD, commented:
“Our primary focus has always been to equip divers with the technologies they need to successfully carry out their missions, allowing them to dive deeper and for longer, but most importantly in the safest possible conditions. In the development of Shadow/B, JFD has proactively engaged with the end user to firmly establish the requirements and deliver an innovative solution that will be fit-for-purpose. The Shadow range of special forces equipment is designed to be modular, allowing divers to adapt to mission requirements and ensuring they have the flexibility they need to safely complete their operations. Our expert technical team worked to develop a practical rebreather capability to meet the evolving operational roles of the combat diver and significantly improve safety standards.

“We remain committed to investing in R&D that will drive the development of the innovative solutions our customers need. Providing divers with the flexibility they need to carry out their work is key, and our focus will remain on how to ensure we can best support divers in conducting challenging operations whilst always protecting their safety.”

JFD is working with the world’s leading navies in the provision of a comprehensive, total Special Forces capability, from rebreathers through to SDVs, as well as the integration with operational platforms, employing a comprehensive and in-depth understanding of the entire mission spectrum to deliver innovative solutions that drive the highest standards in safety and operational efficiency.

This latest release enables Shadow to be a true multi-role system, with the ability to use a back or front-mounted configuration as required by use of a conversion kit. It provides flexibility for dive teams to ensure a safe insertion into the operational field whilst also carrying the equipment they need to carry out their mission.
Shadow/B follows on from the recent launch of Shadow NAV, an advanced combat diver navigation module. The Shadow NAV is fitted to a diver’s standard half mask and provides a clear visual display of a combat diver’s compass heading, depth, and time even in near-zero visibility conditions. The Shadow NAV represents a leap forward in capability for combat divers by ensuring they have continual visibility of accurate information. Through the Shadow range of innovative diving equipment, JFD is driving the highest standards of safety and capability in military combat diving.

JFD has a well-established history in the development of advanced and innovative systems which significantly improve diver safety. The company pioneers subsea innovation to deliver safer and more economic diving operations for its customers working in deep and often extreme environments.

 

 

Release date: 29 January 2019

JFD launches first flexible rebreather capability for military combat divers

JFD, the world-leading underwater capability provider serving the commercial and defence diving markets and part of James Fisher and Sons plc, has announced the launch of its Shadow/B defence rebreather, providing the market with a back-mounted rebreather capability, from their established product line, for the first time.

Combined with a conversion kit that allows divers to convert from a front-mounted to a back-mounted rebreather, the launch of the Shadow/B represents the latest in a long line of technological developments designed to enhance safety in military combat diving.

With the significant growth in navies looking to develop specific maritime skills for special forces, counter-terrorism and other areas of covert operations, there is a fundamental requirement for navies to keep their physical assets, including submarines and vessels, as far away from conflict as possible, and this is leading to the integration of swimmer delivery vehicles (SDVs) onto suitable submarines and other platforms. Traditionally, rebreather sets worn by combat divers are front-mounted which prevents the diver from being able to pilot the SDV that would facilitate their insertion into the operational field, creating the necessity to purchase multiple rebreather sets for the dive team. The JFD Shadow/B set and conversion option allows divers to adapt their equipment to best suit mission requirements, allowing them to carry out their operations safely and efficiently.

Danny Gray, Operations Director, JFD, commented:
“Our primary focus has always been to equip divers with the technologies they need to successfully carry out their missions, allowing them to dive deeper and for longer, but most importantly in the safest possible conditions. In the development of Shadow/B, JFD has proactively engaged with the end user to firmly establish the requirements and deliver an innovative solution that will be fit-for-purpose. The Shadow range of special forces equipment is designed to be modular, allowing divers to adapt to mission requirements and ensuring they have the flexibility they need to safely complete their operations. Our expert technical team worked to develop a practical rebreather capability to meet the evolving operational roles of the combat diver and significantly improve safety standards.

“We remain committed to investing in R&D that will drive the development of the innovative solutions our customers need. Providing divers with the flexibility they need to carry out their work is key, and our focus will remain on how to ensure we can best support divers in conducting challenging operations whilst always protecting their safety.”

JFD is working with the world’s leading navies in the provision of a comprehensive, total Special Forces capability, from rebreathers through to SDVs, as well as the integration with operational platforms, employing a comprehensive and in-depth understanding of the entire mission spectrum to deliver innovative solutions that drive the highest standards in safety and operational efficiency.

This latest release enables Shadow to be a true multi-role system, with the ability to use a back or front-mounted configuration as required by use of a conversion kit. It provides flexibility for dive teams to ensure a safe insertion into the operational field whilst also carrying the equipment they need to carry out their mission.
Shadow/B follows on from the recent launch of Shadow NAV, an advanced combat diver navigation module. The Shadow NAV is fitted to a diver’s standard half mask and provides a clear visual display of a combat diver’s compass heading, depth, and time even in near-zero visibility conditions. The Shadow NAV represents a leap forward in capability for combat divers by ensuring they have continual visibility of accurate information. Through the Shadow range of innovative diving equipment, JFD is driving the highest standards of safety and capability in military combat diving.

JFD has a well-established history in the development of advanced and innovative systems which significantly improve diver safety. The company pioneers subsea innovation to deliver safer and more economic diving operations for its customers working in deep and often extreme environments.

 

 

Release date: 24 January 2019

JFD wins multi-million pound contract to supply advanced submarine rescue vehicle to the Republic of Korea Navy

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JFD, the world leading underwater capability provider serving the commercial and defence diving markets and part of James Fisher and Sons plc, has been awarded a multi-million pound contract for the design and build of an advanced Deep Search and Rescue Vehicle (DSRV), as part of a comprehensive submarine rescue capability being provided to the Republic of Korea Navy (RoKN).

The contract, awarded by South Korean shipbuilder Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering (DSME), will ensure the provision of an advanced and highly capable submarine rescue vehicle to the South Korean Navy that will ensure the highest standards in safety for submariners.

Following the recent contract award to DSME for the construction of a new auxiliary submarine rescue ship (ASR-II) for the RoKN, JFD will design and build a DSRV bespoke to the requirements of the customer that will enhance the operational capabilities of its submarine rescue service. Once in operation, the DSRV will be launched and recovered from the submarine rescue vessel via a ‘moonpool’, through which the DSRV will be deployed to rescue the crews of distressed submarines at depths of up to 500m, and in waves as tall as four metres. This method of launch and recovery minimises the impact of weather and sea states on the ability to operate the DSRV, maximising the chances of a successful submarine rescue operation, further safeguarding the lives of submariners. JFD has extensive experience in launch and recovery via a ‘moonpool’ through its years of delivering advanced saturation diving systems and diving bells through moonpools.

Giovanni Corbetta, Managing Director, JFD, said:
“We are proud to have worked with the RoKN for a number of years in supporting the provision of its submarine rescue service. Protecting the lives of submariners is of utmost importance to JFD, and ensuring our customers have the most advanced and comprehensive submarine rescue capability is fundamental to this. The new DSRV will provide an advanced capability to the RoKN that will ensure the lives of those operating subsea are protected at all times.”

Due to be delivered to the customer in 2021, the DSRV will undergo a comprehensive series of tests and trials including factory, harbour, and sea acceptance trials, before entering operational service. The DSRV has been designed to maximise battery capacity and operational endurance, increasing the chances of a successful rescue operation. This is also ensures minimal time is spent recharging the vehicle’s batteries, ensuring the DSRV can be deployed quickly in the event of an incident.

In the development of its advanced DSRV design, JFD employed its extensive experience from the development of its multiple advanced submarine rescue systems currently in operation around the world, in order to optimise the design to meet the bespoke requirements of the RoKN.

The RoKN currently operates a multipurpose submarine rescue ship – the 103 m long, 4,300-tonne RoKS Cheonghaejin. Once in operation, the new ASR-II vessel will replace the current Cheonghaejin, in operation since 1996. JFD has supported an advanced submarine rescue capability for over nine years, and following delivery of the new DSRV will continue to work with the RoKN and its partners in providing a comprehensive training and support programme that will ensure that submarine rescue operations are carried out safely and efficiently.

James Fisher and Sons CEO Nick Henry, said:
“JFD first delivered a deep search and rescue system to the South Korean navy in 2009.  This additional capability further demonstrates our position of market leadership in the submarine rescue market, as well as the strong relationships that we build with our customers.

“The vehicle is a variation of the landmark third-generation vehicles recently delivered to the Indian navy.”

In December 2018, JFD successfully delivered the second of two Third Generation submarine rescue systems to the Indian Navy. The delivery of the second system represents a significant milestone in the provision of a comprehensive submarine rescue capability that will enhance safety for submariners.

JFD provides fast, safe and reliable subsea rescue services, solutions products, engineering services and training to 80 countries and 33 of the world’s navies including the Royal Navy, Australian, Singapore, and South Korean Navies, as well as providing the NATO Submarine Rescue System. In parallel with the delivery of the second system to the Indian Navy, JFD has continued to support multiple submarine rescue systems in service around the world, recently executing a successful Black Carillon 2018 comprehensive submarine rescue exercise with the Australian Navy, as well as conducting preparations for the mid-life upgrade of the Singaporean system.

 

 

Release date: 19 December 2018

JFD successfully completes second advanced third generation submarine rescue system for the Indian Navy

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JFD, the world leading underwater capability provider serving the commercial and defence diving markets and part of James Fisher and Sons plc, has successfully delivered the second of two Third Generation submarine rescue systems to the Indian Navy. The delivery of the second system represents a significant milestone in the provision of a comprehensive submarine rescue capability that will enhance safety for submariners.

JFD provides fast, safe and reliable subsea rescue services, solutions, products, engineering services and training to 80 countries and 33 of the world’s navies including the Royal Navy, Australian, Singapore, and Korean Navies, as well as providing the NATO Submarine Rescue System. In parallel with the delivery of the second system, and whilst ensuring the seamless delivery of its global submarine rescue services already in operation, JFD has continued to support multiple submarine rescue systems in service around the world, executing a successful Black Carillon 18 comprehensive submarine rescue exercise with the Australian Navy, as well as conducting sea trails and air transportation trials for the first system for the Indian Navy, and conducting preparations for the mid-life upgrade of the Singaporean system.

Under a £193m contract, JFD is providing two complete Third Generation fly-away submarine rescue systems to the Indian Navy, including Deep Search and Rescue Vehicles (DSRV), Launch and Recovery Systems (LARS) equipment, Transfer Under Pressure (TUP) systems, and all logistics and support equipment required to operate the service. The contract also includes a 25-year all-encompassing maintenance support service. The equipment was designed, manufactured, integrated and tested by JFD prior to shipping to India, with the second system expected to arrive in country in January 2019. The system will be mobilised onto the rescue vessel in order to begin a full series of Sea Acceptance Trials (SATs), with JFD personnel remaining in country to work in close partnership with the Indian Navy to complete comprehensive training on the safe operation of the system.

Giovanni Corbetta, JFD Managing Director, commented:
“JFD is pleased to have successfully completed the delivery of the second advanced submarine rescue system to the Indian Navy. The Third Generation system represents a step-change in real world submarine rescue capability, and has been specifically designed to provide a comprehensive and highly capable submarine rescue service whilst ensuring the system is as quick and simple to mobilise as possible to maximise the chances of a successful rescue.

“Protecting the lives of submariners is the foundation of our business, and our teams of experts have worked tirelessly to ensure the seamless delivery of all of the submarine rescue systems JFD operates across the globe, continually driving the highest standards in safety. We have invested significantly in the development of our Third Generation system, using our deep and unrivalled knowledge of submarine rescue to conduct an extensive research and development programme, developed against a set of well-considered and representative requirements. The active participation of the Indian Navy throughout the build, acceptance and ongoing trials of the two systems trials is key to conducting safe and efficient operations in support of submarine rescue to allow them the ability to respond effectively to an emergency when a submarine is in distress.”

Having completed comprehensive factory acceptance testing which was signed off by the Indian Navy, the second system has been delivered to the customer just eight months after the first system. All of the technologies utilised in JFD’s Third Generation system are proven in service, and whilst innovative in arrangement, the methodology is built on tried and tested approaches and therefore requires little shift in operating doctrine, existing procedures, training and crewing competencies.

The Indian Navy formally inducted its first DSRV into service at a ceremony in Mumbai, India on the 12 December meaning that the Indian Navy has now joined a select league of nations with the capability to search, locate and provide rescue to distressed submarines.

Chief of the Naval Staff for the Indian Navy, Admiral Sunil Lanba, commented:
“The DSRV (induction) is a landmark event and it marks the culmination of years of focused efforts of the Navy in acquiring niche submarine rescue capability. With these capabilities, the Indian Navy has joined the select league of navies that operate such assets.”

As an integral part of JFD’s Third Generation system, the submarine rescue vehicles have been specifically designed to operate at the leading edge of capability whilst also being optimised to be easily transported by as many different aircraft types as possible. This greatly increases the number of available aircraft to transport the system, minimising the time required for mobilisation.

 

 

Release date: 05 December 2018

JFD and the Royal Australian Navy successfully complete landmark submarine rescue exercise

 

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JFD, the world leading underwater capability provider serving the commercial and defence diving markets and part of James Fisher and Sons plc, has successfully completed the “Black Carillon” 2018 submarine rescue exercise with the Royal Australian Navy (RAN), further demonstrating its commitment to driving the highest standards in submarine rescue safety.

Black Carillon 2018 successfully tested every aspect of the RAN’s submarine rescue system, including the new hyperbaric escape and rescue capability, demonstrating a step-change in advanced submarine rescue operations.

It was also the first exercise to incorporate the RAN’s new hyperbaric equipment suite (HES) which entered into service in July 2018, testing the fully integrated submarine rescue capability for the first time. This means for the first time, the entire crew of a Collins Class submarine – up to 88 submariners – can be treated simultaneously.

The exercise was unequivocally successful in demonstrating an industry-leading step-change in advanced submarine rescue operations, further safeguarding the lives of submariners. It encompassed the entire rescue operation which included mobilisation and preparations, the deep dive mating exercise, aeromedical evacuation, transfer under pressure (TUP) and decompression, as well as the demobilisation of the entire system.

The RAN has commended JFD on a safe and highly successful Black Carillon:

“I was exceptionally impressed with what you achieved in the exercise and it was clearly evident that a strong sense of teamwork had been developed,” said Captain Geoff Wadley, RAN, Commander Submarine Force.

“Speaking to international observers, they were unanimous in their praise for the exercise and the value they all got out of it, a job exceptionally well done.”

A major element in testing the rescue suite this year was a continuously run ‘Rescue Exercise’, which aimed to test the complete system from the submersible through the hydraulics bellows into the transfer under pressure (TUP) chamber where any initial triage of patients could be undertaken.  They then move to the new recompression chambers for simulated treatment depending on the symptoms being exhibited. The exercise, which commenced at early light at 0530 on 19 November and finalised at 1508 the 20 November, involved the launch and recovery of the submersible as in a real DISSUB scenario and necessitated the split manning of all control  points of the suite to cover 24 hour operations. JFD worked seamlessly with the RAN medics and doctors to achieve all exercise objectives.

Toff Idrus, JFD Australia managing director, commented:

“Throughout our long and well-established partnership with the RAN, the James Fisher Submarine Rescue Service (JFSRS) team has pioneered and driven continual innovation to ensure the submarine rescue capability is as safe and comprehensive as possible. The annual Black Carillon exercises allow us to test the full capabilities of the JFSRS service, and we were particularly pleased to receive full operational verification from the RAN on the new HES system and advanced TUP capability during this most recent exercise.”

“During 2018 the JFD and RAN teams have completed a record three operational deployments to sea in a single calendar year, a testament to the long standing partnership in providing the most advanced submarine rescue capability that will ultimately drive the highest standards in protecting lives at sea.”

Black Carillon 2018 was conducted over a period of more than three weeks in November 2018. As a comprehensive operation, the exercise included all assets that would be required in the event of a real rescue operation, including RAN Rescue Gear Ship MV Stoker, Collins-class submarine HMAS SHEEAN and RAN Escape Gear Ship MV Besant.

 

 

Release date: 27 November 2018

JFD successfully completes milestone transportability trials for third generation submarine rescue system

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JFD, the world leading underwater capability provider serving the commercial and defence diving markets and part of James Fisher and Sons plc, has successfully completed air transportability trials for the first of two Third Generation submarine rescue systems being delivered to the Indian Navy.

The completion of the trials represents a significant milestone in the delivery of a comprehensive submarine rescue capability to the Indian Navy that will enhance safety for submariners.

Limiting Time To First Rescue (TTFR) is crucial to conducting a successful submarine rescue operation.  This relies on the fast and effective air deployment of the submarine rescue system to the Mother Ship (MOSHIP) that will host the system, enabling the equipment to be on site as quickly as possible. As part of the ongoing delivery of the Third Generation submarine rescue system to the Indian Navy, JFD conducted the comprehensive aircraft loading trials to fully ensure the effective air transportability of the system, and that the TTFR is as quick as possible.

The trials were performed in conjunction with the Indian Air Force, using the Ilyushin-76 transport aircraft. The trials proved the functionality of the ground handling equipment provided by JFD successfully integrating with the IL-76, allowing for the safe loading and unloading of all elements of the submarine rescue system.

Giovanni Corbetta, JFD Managing Director, commented:

“JFD is pleased to have successfully completed the air transportation trials of the first Indian Navy DSRV System, working in close partnership with the Indian Navy Submarine Rescue Team West and the Indian Air Force to achieve this key milestone in the journey to a fully comprehensive submarine rescue capability. The trials have proven the compatibility of the newly inducted Submarine Rescue System with the Indian Air Force IL-76 Transporters, and the rapid response and deployment capability this provides in support of disabled submarine rescue operations at sea.The fact that the transportation equipment is an embeded part of rescue system is unique and ensures the compatibility and availability of the loading equipment aligns with the rest of the rescue system.”

“The active participation of the Indian Navy’s submarine rescue team throughout the trials is key to conducting safe and efficient mobilisation operations in support of submarine rescue to allow them the ability to respond effectively to an emergency when a submarine is in distress.”

JFD preformed the trials to demonstrate the air transportability of the entire Deep Search and Rescue Vehicle (DRSV) system, including the ability to load the custom ground handling equipment at origin and unload it at the final destination – a key criteria to the successful. The mobilisation plans designed by JFD for the Indian Navy system utilise a variety of equipment load combinations to maximise the capacity of each transport plane and ensure a minimal TTFR.

The air transportation trials follow the sea trials of the DSRV for the first of the two third generation systems being delivered to the Indian Navy.

In a statement on social media, the Indian Navy said it now “joins a select league of nations with capability to search, locate and provide rescue to distressed submarines by induction of 1st Deep Submergence Rescue Vessel and associated kit in fly away configuration which can be rapidly mobilised. The DSRV can be mobilised from the naval base at Mumbai to nearest mounting port by air/land or sea for providing rapid rescue to the submarine in distress.”

Under the £193m contract, JFD is delivering two complete third-generation submarine rescue systems, including launch and recovery systems (LARS) equipment, Transfer Under Pressure (TUP) systems, logistics and support equipment, and a 25-year all-inclusive annual maintenance contract.

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Release date: 19 October 2018

JFD successfully completes sea trials for first deep search and rescue vehicle for the Indian Navy

JFD has successfully completed the sea trials of the deep search and rescue vehicle (DSRV) for the first of two 3rd Generation Submarine Rescue Systems being delivered to the Indian Navy, the company has announced.

The DSRV carried out underwater mating with a bottomed submarine at a depth of over 300 feet, followed by a target mating and hatch opening at 45 degrees. On successful mating with the bottomed submarine, JFD and the Indian Navy then carried out a safe transfer of personnel from the submarine to the DSRV.

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Release date: 03 October 2018

JFD launches new Stealth CDLSE MCM rebreather

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JFD, the world leading underwater capability provider serving the commercial and defence markets, and part of James Fisher and Sons plc, today announced the launch of the Stealth CDLSE Mk2 and Mk2-ED (Extended Duration), the latest enhanced models of its highly successful Clearance Diver’s Life Support Equipment rebreather.

The Stealth CDLSE Mk2 and Mk2-ED are used primarily for MCM-EOD (Mine Countermeasures Explosive Ordnance Disposal) and represent a new benchmark in state-of-the-art underwater life support technology, increasing levels of diver safety, equipment reliability, maintainability, operational capability and mission versatility.

Sea mines continue to increase in sophistication and are a growing operational concern as they proliferate in the naval arsenals of potentially adverse nations who maintain robust inventories.  Today, sea mines are highly advanced and come in many different varieties, from bottom-buried mines, to acoustically-actuated variants to mines manufactured from composite materials; all of which makes detection and disposal even more challenging. To conduct safe MCM-EOD operations, divers need an advanced rebreather capability that provides an extended dive time even at greater depths. JFD has invested significant time and energy in bringing an advanced rebreather capability to the market that ensures divers have adequate depth and endurance capabilities to safely conduct their operations.

The Stealth CDLSE Mk2 builds upon the existing model, which has been in service for over 15 years and has a proven track record in a range of operational and environmental conditions. The set has been developed following extensive engagement with the end user to ensure it is fit for purpose to meet current and future operational requirements. Based on competitive evaluations conducted by independent government evaluation agencies and other end user organisations, Stealth CDLSE is considered one of the most popular MCM-EOD rebreathers in service, with over 600 sets in operation across 11 different countries around the world.

Founded on JFD’s commitment to innovate continually and develop products in line with market demands and always striving to increase the safety of divers, the new Stealth CDLSE Mk2 variants feature a number of significant enhancements. This includes new and more advanced O2 sensors, which enables the control system to rapidly and accurately respond to changes in life support system status; an improved choice of cylinders; while the Mk2-ED variant contains an extended duration scrubber which provides a significantly increased dive time of six to eight hours, the only set on the market able to provide this extended endurance capability.

The Stealth CDLSE Mk2 can operate at depths of up to 100m, and fully meets the requirements of NATO AEODP-7 Class A (STANAG 2897) without compromise and under both static and dynamic test conditions in all attitudes, as well as for any components that may come into contact with magnetically sensitive ordnance. And in line with the continued technological advancements of sea mines, the new Stealth CDLSE Mk2 surpasses the low acoustic test requirements of NATO STANAG AMP15.

Commenting on the development, Giovanni Corbetta, Managing Director, JFD said:

“As the complexities and sophistication of mines and underwater explosive devices continues to increase, it is critical that we also innovate and enhance our life support technology and bring to market new products that maximise the levels of diver safety. The Stealth CDLSE Mk2 variants are the new benchmark for state-of-the-art multi-mission rebreathers and builds on the recognised success and widespread uptake of our original model.

“As a company, JFD’s entire focus and reason for being is to keep those that operate underwater in often harsh and highly dangerous conditions as safe as possible, and the launch of the Stealth CDLSE Mk2 and Mk2-ED demonstrates our fundamental commitment to delivering this. Our investment in R&D is an ongoing process, and JFD will continue to bring innovative, future proof solutions and services to market that drive the highest standards in safety and quality.”

18 September 2018

JFD and US Navy unveil first advanced combat diver navigation module, Shadow NAV

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JFD, the world-leading underwater capability provider serving the commercial and defence markets and part of James Fisher and Sons plc, has partnered with the United States (US) Navy’s Naval Surface Warfare Centre – Panama City Division (NSWC PCD) in the development of an advanced combat diver navigation module; Shadow NAV, bringing a hands-free underwater navigation capability to the military market for the first time.

Military combat divers frequently conduct underwater navigation missions in hazardous conditions with extremely poor visibility.  Critical to the success of these missions is accurate underwater navigation, as well as staying within closed circuit oxygen rebreather depth limits to prevent oxygen toxicity, which can cause significant health risks to the diver.  However, current handheld or tactical swim board mounted compasses, depth gauges, and chronometers are obsolete in a zero-visibility environment; an ongoing issue, which, to date has created serious limitations to military combat diving operations.  The Shadow NAV represents a leap forward in capability for combat divers by ensuring they have continual visibility of accurate information.

The Shadow NAV is fitted to a diver’s standard half mask and provides a clear visual display of a combat diver’s compass heading, depth, and time even in near-zero visibility conditions. Through using a mask-mounted head-up display, combat divers are not restricted by the poor visibility mission environment and may not require carrying a tactical swim board.

Danny Gray, Products & Support Director at JFD, commented: “The Combat Diver may have a significant amount of essential equipment to carry while conducting missions.  Traditional kit such as the compass and depth gauges not only increases the amount of equipment required, but, more critically, they are of little, or no use in water with very limited visibility, even with auxiliary illumination. This puts the diver at too great a risk of injury or even fatality.

“To address these challenges for potentially dangerous underwater combat missions, the expert technical team S3D at the NSWC PCD worked to develop a small, low-cost, low-power enhanced navigation capability to significantly improve safety standards for military divers and give them the best possible chance of successfully completing their missions. In bringing this to market, JFD will be making this capability widely available to divers operating across the globe.”

The Shadow NAV (Combat diver navigation module) was recently awarded a 2018 Excellence in Technology Transfer Award by the Federal Laboratory Consortium (FLC) as part of its annual awards programme which recognises federal laboratories and their industry partners for outstanding technology transfer achievements. The Shadow NAV was selected from among more than 300 federal laboratories to receive the award.

JFD has a well-established history in the development of advanced and innovative systems which significantly improve diver safety. The company pioneers subsea innovation to deliver safer and more economic diving operations for its customers working in deep and often extreme environments. Through the partnership with the US Navy, JFD will bring the Shadow NAV technology to commercial fruition, ensuring the global diving industry, military and non-military, can conduct safe and efficient operations.

20 August 2018

JFD is exhibiting at ONS Norway

JFD is exhibiting at this year’s ONS event in Norway from the 27-30th August. Pass by Stand 5560 in Hall 5 to find out more about JFD and our capabilities across the commercial markets which include saturation systems, diving equipment, hyperbaric rescue, training and servicing.

Our Head of Sales – Commercial Services, Laura Stewart and Training Sales Supervisor, Neil Adam, will be on hand to discuss your requirements.

You can schedule a meeting with our representatives by emailing Marketing@jfdglobal.com or alternatively drop by our stand for a chat. Hope to see you there!

Release date: 03 July 2018

Australia’s safest ever submarine rescue system goes into service

The Royal Australian Navy (RAN) and the Australian Government have granted the licence to operate new $A19.7 million (£11.05 m) hyperbaric equipment which means that for the first time, the whole crew of an Australian submarine can be treated at once.

The equipment – a transfer under pressure chamber and recompression treatment suite – was received from JFD, the world’s leading company in submarine rescue and part of James Fisher and Sons plc as part of an existing Escape and Rescue contract at its advanced manufacturing headquarters at Bibra Lake, south of Perth.

“Achieving acceptance and global certification from Lloyds Register is a very rigorous and demanding procedure” said General Manager JFD Australia, Toff Idrus (himself, a former submariner).

“And what it means for submariners is extremely significant as up tinno 86 people can now receive life-saving medical treatment in the hyperbaric equipment suite and pressurised transfer chamber at any one time.

“When you consider that a Collins-class submarine has a crew of 48 – 60, this new capability is very significant and represents an important milestone for submarine rescue in Australia.”

The hyperbaric equipment suite is able to withstand and operate effectively in rough, continuous seas with swells of 5 metres – conditions not uncommon around the Australian coast.

This capability is critically important as the new kit is the final step in a submarine rescue which begins with rescuing the crew from a disabled submarine and transferring them safely into a JFD free-swimming, piloted rescue vehicle which carries them safely to the surface and on to the deck of a rescue ship.

From here, the submariners are moved through the transfer under pressure chamber and into the hyperbaric equipment suite with doctors monitoriong their wellbeing and helping them overcome any life-threatening effects that come from being rescued from pressurised waters.

“Emergencies of this type rely on highly-skilled personnel and world-class equipment to bring people who have been under pressure at depth to the safety of the surface and it is critical for Australia’s defence capability and national security, that we are able to do this,” said Mr. Idrus.

“Quite simply, the lives of the men and women of the Australian Defence Force may depend on us and we must ensure they are as safe as possible, even in worst-case scenarios.”

The new equipment took two years to build using JFD’s highly skilled workforce of some 100 personnel who will now conduct further naval testing and evaluation of the new equipment in August, culminating in the annual Black Carillion naval exercises in November 2018.

“JFD Australia has developed world-leading local knowledge and skills in submarine rescue and it has confirmed our reputation as a provider of proven, safe and reliable submarine rescue service to the Australian Government,” said Mr Idrus.

“It’s why JFD is the world’s ‘triple-0 number’ for distressed submarines.”

Importantly, the acceptance of the new system could lead to JFD creating more defence industry jobs in Australia as it opens up opportunities to export similar equipment to other countries in the Asia-Pacific region.

 

Release date: 26 June 2018

JFD completes first phase of open sea trials for the Indian Navy Deep Search and Rescue Vehicle

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JFD, the world leading underwater capability provider serving the commercial and defence markets, and part of James Fisher and Sons plc, has successfully completed the first open sea launch, dive and recovery of the deep search and rescue vehicle (DSRV) for the first of two 3rd Generation Submarine Rescue Systems being delivered to the Indian Navy, the company has announced.

The DSRV completed a full launch deployment, dive and recovery in open sea, replicating the operating conditions of a real submarine rescue operation. The completion of this phase of open sea trials represents a significant milestone in the ongoing delivery and acceptance of the 3rd Generation Submarine Rescue System, which is grounded in a rigorous trials and testing process that ensures the highest safety standards are upheld.

Following the delivery of the first system to the Indian Navy in April this year, JFD deployed a team of 30 expert personnel to India’s west coast to support the mobilisation followed by a period of rigorous sea trials, working in close partnership with the Indian Navy who provided the commercial mothership and associated trials consort vessels. The Indian Navy west coast based rescue team, who will operate the system when in service, were active participants throughout this phase of the trials.

Speaking on the development, Ben Sharples, India DSRV Project Director at JFD said:

“The completion of this phase of open sea trials for the first DSRV is a significant milestone in the delivery of the first of two highly advanced 3rd Generation Submarine Rescue Systems. As well as forming part of the contractual acceptance, it’s an important stage as we look to ensure the safe operation of the System once in service.

“The System was tested in the harsh environment presented by the seas off Mumbai pre monsoon, an entirely different set of challenges compared to those experienced during harbour trials in Scotland earlier this year. To properly evaluate the System’s performance it is crucial to ensure that the System can be operated safely within its environmental envelope of current, sea state, depth, temperature and humidity. Additionally, sea trials afford the opportunity for the team to experience the operation of the equipment in a real setting, ensuring they are equipped with the necessary skills to conduct a safe and successful submarine rescue operation.”

JFD’s 3rd Generation DSRV marks a pioneering step-change in real world submarine rescue capability. It is weight optimised for maximum payload and optimum transportability, and is capable of operating at greater depths than most submarine rescue vehicles. The 3rd Generation DSRV has been specifically designed to optimise speed and manoeuvrability, both crucial factors in conducting a successful rescue operation, and the vehicle has the capability to mate with any submarine, even those that might be subject to inclination on the seabed.

The 3rd Generation Submarine Rescue Systems incorporate an innovative new system design and tightly integrated components to ensure time-to-first-rescue (TTFR) – the time measured between system deployment and commencement of the rescue – is minimised.  In the event of an accident, this maximises the chances of a successful rescue, which is crucial in protecting the lives of submariners.

JFD has over 35 years’ experience in submarine rescue operations, and provides fast, safe and reliable subsea rescue services, solutions products, engineering services and training to 80 countries and 33 of the world’s navies including the Royal Navy, Australian, Singapore, and Korean Navies, as well as providing the NATO Submarine Rescue System.  JFD is also the incumbent provider of many other underwater products and support services to the world’s navies.

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Fendercare Marine signs global supply agreement with HALO Maritime Defence Systems

  • Fendercare Marine enters strategic partnership with HALO to supply and install innovative marine safety and security barriers globally from bases in the UK, Middle East and Asia Pacific.
  • Customers will benefit from Fendercare Marine’s expert HALO marine barrier installation and maintenance support.
  • HALO systems offer the only solution available to have met or exceeded the US Navy’s performance specifications.

Fendercare Marine, part of James Fisher and Sons plc, has signed an international distribution and preferred supplier agreement with HALO Maritime Defence Systems (HALO), a global leader in waterside security and access control solutions, to provide enhanced marine asset security and protection to its global customer base.

The agreement, effective immediately, allows leading marine equipment supplier Fendercare Marine to supply and install HALO marine barriers and access control systems worldwide. Customers will benefit from increased availability of HALO’s advanced solutions as well as Fendercare Marine’s expert personnel and equipment support on installation and maintenance projects.

HALO’s floating barriers and gates provide essential security to critical assets that are vulnerable to water-borne access. The systems benefit from over ten years of research and development, offering the only solution available to have met or exceeded the US Navy’s performance specifications.

The partnership expands Fendercare Marine’s offering to the defence and maritime markets and will improve the availability of HALO barriers by leveraging the company’s international reach, together with the wider, global supply chain of the James Fisher group.

Eric Johnson, CEO of HALO, said: “Fendercare Marine has an established, international supply chain and a solid reputation for service so we are very happy to come on board with this agreement. With Fendercare Marine’s support, HALO will be able to offer our barrier systems to many more marinas, ports, harbours, offshore installations and other high priority assets, which until now have been beyond the reach of our US headquarters.”

Brett Ward, senior business development manager at Fendercare Marine, said: “We are very pleased that we’ve reached an international distribution and supplier agreement with HALO. These systems are – bar none – the best waterside security and safety solutions available anywhere in the world and we are proud to be HALO’s distributor and supplier of choice.

“Not only will this increase the availability of HALO’s systems, but it will mean that our own expert teams will be able to support installation and maintenance projects with HALO, offering a fully integrated service solution.”

Release date: 13 June 2018

JFD presents complete defence offering at UDT 2018 in Glasgow

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JFD, the world leading underwater capability provider serving the commercial and defence markets and part of James Fisher and Sons plc, has announced details of the company’s presence at this year’s Undersea Defence Technology (UDT) conference, taking place between June 26th and 28th in Glasgow.

A unit of the company’s Torpedo SEAL stealth combat swimmer delivery vehicle (SDV) will be on display at the stand, accompanied by a Stealth Clearance Diver’s Life Support Equipment (CDLSE) rebreather apparatus.

The Torpedo SEAL, a two-man SDV, is designed to extend the operating range of a combat team and allow underwater survey and reconnaissance, the delivery of explosive ordnance, or create the capability for sub-surface counter-narcotics and harbour patrol operations. Torpedo SEAL transits can transport two divers and equipment, fully submerged, over a range of 10nm. The specially designed SDV can be easily stowed within the multi-purpose tubes being integrated into future submarine designs, or beneath the outer casing of the submarine.

Meanwhile, the company’s Stealth CDLSE underwater breathing apparatus will also be on display. Considered to be the benchmark in “state of the art” mine countermeasures explosive ordnance disposal (MCM EOD) underwater life support technology, Stealth CDLSE offers increased levels of diver safety, equipment reliability, maintainability, operational capability and mission versatility.

Over the three day event JFD’s experts will also be on hand to discuss the company’s full suite of defence products on stand No. E4. JFD provides a comprehensive range of products, services and solutions to markets including submarine rescue, special forces, law enforcement, counter-terrorism, maritime protection and mine countermeasures. This offering is grounded in more than three decades of safely delivering defence diving products, systems and services to navies worldwide.

JFD will also be holding exclusive open evenings at their Inchinnan office to view the latest Third Generation Submarine Rescue System build.  To find out more information please contact: JFDevents@jfdglobal.com

To arrange a meeting with one of the team at UDT, please email JFDevents@jfdglobal.com

To find out more information about JFD and its work across the defence, hyperbaric and commercial diving markets, please visit www.jfdglobal.com.

Release date: 14 May 2018

Step change in diver safety as JFD’s COBRA completes first dive in North Sea

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JFD, the world leading underwater capability provider serving the commercial and defence markets and part of James Fisher and Sons plc, has announced the successful completion of the first North Sea dives with COBRA (Compact Bailout Rebreather Apparatus), marking a significant leap forward in diver safety.

Bibby Offshore, leading subsea services supplier to the oil & gas industry, is the first North Sea contractor to adopt COBRA, thereby setting a precedent for diver safety in the region.

In March 2018 JFD delivered six of the rebreather sets to Bibby Offshore in order to enhance diver safety within their saturation diving teams by providing up to 20 minutes of bailout gas at depths of 300msw.  COBRA is certified to a depth of 450msw and is currently being tested to 530msw – therefore greatly improving the chances of survival.

Over a two-week period, the COBRA sets were operated from the Bibby Topaz at a water depth of 110 metres. In all, over 30 bell runs were safely and successfully completed during the course of the operation.

On board assistance was provided by a JFD COBRA technician and instructor who conducted familiarisation training, and also provided advice to the divers and operators throughout the duration of the project.

On the back of this success – and with a high level of diver satisfaction – Bibby Offshore is already commencing its second North Sea dive with the COBRA sets. This new project will see the apparatus tested further, with a diving depth of 130 metres.

Allan Nairn, Director of Diving at Bibby Offshore, commented: “The entirety of our dive team responded positively towards the introduction of the COBRA rebreathers onto the Bibby Topaz. In particular, they emphasised that the benefits of additional breathing duration, the ability to test the COBRA at any time and the apparatus’ ease of use with regards to weight all made them feel safer in conducting their dives.”

JFD worked closely alongside Bibby Offshore personnel in the research, development and testing phases of the system, gaining invaluable feedback which has driven the inclusion of some of the main functionality and safety features.

JFD Managing Director Giovanni Corbetta said: “Enhancing the standard of subsea safety is JFD’s main driver. We have a longstanding reputation of producing the world’s most innovative, capable and proven diving equipment and technologies. By working closely alongside companies like Bibby Offshore who share the same values, we can ensure our products are developed in direct response to user requirements. After a lot of hard work, time and dedication from the JFD team throughout the development and testing phases, it’s a huge triumph to deliver COBRA to one of our most valued clients.”

COBRA was designed and developed in the UK by JFD in response to a crucial need for more advanced ‘bailout technologies’ to provide divers with an extended supply of emergency breathing gas in the event of a primary failure. The set was released last year following rigorous testing and in May 2017 COBRA was granted CE marking status to 300msw to NORSOK U101 (Diving Respiratory Equipment) and EN14143 (Self Contained Rebreathing Apparatus). COBRA is the only commercial emergency rebreather system in the world which can satisfy both of these requirements. As a result, the system pioneers a new level of safety for divers conducting operations around the world.

COBRA is expected to be adopted by a number of other North Sea contractors as the requirement for safer practice increases. JFD has also attracted interest from overseas customers who are recognising the benefits the system offers.

JFD is exhibiting at Sea Air Space 2018

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JFD is looking forward to exhibiting at the largest maritime exposition in the US, Sea Air Space 2018, from 9-11 April.

Sea Air Space is an invaluable extension of the Navy League’s mission of maritime policy education and sea service support, showcasing the most current information and technology relevant to maritime policy.

JFD will be situated in the UK innovation zone, on stand 1019.

We will be showcasing our 3rd generation submarine rescue systems as well as our range of defence rebreathers and swimmer delivery vehicles.

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JFD is the world leading underwater capability provider, serving the commercial and defence markets with innovative diving, submarine and hyperbaric rescue, technical solutions and services.

Our stand team will be on hand to discuss JFD’s products and services. You can schedule a meeting with one of our team members by emailing marketing@jfdglobal.com.

We look forward to seeing you at the event!

Release date: 21 February 2018

JFD completes build of the first of its new 3rd Generation Submarine Rescue System

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JFD, the world leading underwater capability provider serving the commercial and defence markets, and part of James Fisher and Sons plc, has successfully completed the build of the first of its two new innovative 3rd Generation submarine rescue systems, due to be delivered to the Indian Navy in March 2018.

The completion of the build will be commemorated by a ceremony hosted by JFD and attended by senior representatives from the Indian Navy, due to take place at JFD’s Renfrew manufacturing facility on 23 February 2018. The ceremony will mark a world-first in the final integration of a complete submarine rescue system within a single manufacturing facility, enabling engineers to test in-situ how each component part will integrate in order to deliver the optimum submarine rescue capability.

Simon Everest, Head of the Department for International Trade’s Defence and Security Organisation hailed the completion, saying:

“I am pleased that JFD have reached this important milestone and that the programme will continue to benefit the company and the Indian Navy.  India is an important strategic partner and we encourage further cooperation between the Indian armed forces and innovative UK companies”.

JFD’s 3rd Generation rescue system incorporates an innovative new system design and tightly integrated components to ensure time-to-first-rescue (TTFR) – the time measured between system deployment and commencement of the rescue – is minimised.  In the event of an accident, this maximises the chances of a successful rescue, which is crucial in protecting the lives of submariners.

Under the £193m contract, JFD is providing two complete fly-away submarine rescue systems to the Indian Navy, including Deep Search and Rescue Vehicles (DSRV), Launch and Recovery Systems (LARS) equipment, Transfer Under Pressure (TUP) systems, and all logistics and support equipment required to operate the service. The equipment will be designed, manufactured, integrated and tested by JFD prior to shipping in March 2018 for final commissioning and trials. The full, certified systems are due to delivered to the Indian Navy in June 2018.

Giovanni Corbetta, Managing Director, JFD said:

“Speed and reliability is key in conducting safe and effective submarine rescue operations to ensure that the submariners are reached as quickly as possible to minimise the risk the situation poses to their lives. The reliability with which any flyaway submarine rescue system can be deployed must be carefully balanced with its effectiveness and capability once onsite. It is essential that the system has the capability to conduct safe rescue operations in any given circumstance and under a widely variable conditions including sea states and depths.

“Protecting the lives of submariners is the foundation of our business.  That is why we have invested significantly in the development of our 3rd generation system, using our deep and unrivalled knowledge of submarine rescue to conduct an extensive research and development programme, developed against a set of generic, but well-considered and representative requirements. The 3rd generation system represents a step-change in real world submarine rescue capability, and has been specifically designed to provide a comprehensive and highly capable submarine rescue service whilst ensuring the system is as quick and simple to mobilise as possible to maximise the chances of a successful rescue.”

All of the technologies utilised in JFD’s 3rd Generation system are proven in service. Whilst innovative in arrangement, the methodology is built on tried and tested approaches and therefore requires little shift in operating doctrine, existing procedures, training and crewing competencies.

As an integral part of JFD’s 3rd Generation system, the submarine rescue vehicles have been specifically designed to operate at the leading edge of capability whilst also being optimised to be easily transported by as many different aircraft types as possible. This greatly increases the number of available aircraft to transport the system, minimising the time required for mobilisation.

The JFD team has already begun conducting in-depth training with local teams of engineers to operate and maintain the systems, employing the knowledge it has gained through years of operating world-class submarine rescue services with navies across the world and creating an indigenous expert submarine rescue capability.

JFD provides fast, safe and reliable subsea rescue services, solutions products, engineering services and training to 80 countries and 33 of the world’s navies including the Royal Navy, Australian, Singapore, and Korean Navies, as well as providing the NATO Submarine Rescue System.

Release date: 19 February 2018

JFD creates Australian defence industry jobs through James Fisher and Sons plc’s acquisition of Cowan Manufacturing

JFD, the world leading underwater capability provider serving the commercial and defence markets, has announced the acquisition by its parent company James Fisher and Sons plc, of diving and recompression specialist, Cowan Manufacturing. This acquisition will create Australian defence industry jobs and expand JFD’s presence in Australia.

The acquisition of the Newcastle-based business is a significant step in JFD’s plan to expand its advanced manufacturing base in Australia and complements existing high-tech facilities at Bibra Lake, south of Perth and Kirrawee in Sydney.

Cowan Manufacturing, a family business since 1973 which currently employs 25 staff, has an impressive and proven track record and is recognised worldwide for its design and manufacture of lifesaving recompression and hyperbaric chambers.

“Our core business has always been to make the world’s best products using Australian steel and aluminium and employing highly-skilled local tradespeople,” said Bob Cowan, Managing Director of Cowan Manufacturing.”

“It has been this unwavering commitment to quality along with our workshop, testing and laboratory facilities that has seen us establish important defence clients in Australia, Asia and Europe and secure the highly-sought after US Navy Seal of Approval.

“Linking in with JFD Australia is the obvious progression for us, as both businesses are keen to push ahead with supporting and growing local industry and jobs.

“All of our current employees will retain their positions following the acquisition and they will benefit from further in-house opportunities for promotion.”

The Cowan Manufacturing acquisition helps JFD Australia’s aspirations to grow its business and develop into a defence industry prime systems integrator.

Toff Idrus, JFD Australia General Manager, commented: “This is an exciting day for JFD and our staff who can look forward to even more employment opportunities; as the acquisition of Cowan Manufacturing will expand JFD’s capability, resulting in JFD creating more jobs across Australia for Australians.”

“Perth is where it all began for us in Australia in 2003 with the establishment of a base building deep diving saturation systems, and equipping the Royal Australian Navy with a full complement of military diving equipment and systems. In 2009 we first started providing a free-swimming submarine rescue service and escape training facility to the Royal Australian Navy.”

“From there, with the help of an outstanding local supply chain and some 100 local personnel, we have become a safe, proven and reliable capability partner of the Royal Australian Navy (RAN), as well as a leading exporter of products for defence industries around the world.”

JFD’s products and services are used by 80 nations and 33 navies and include submarine rescue systems, hyperbaric rescue systems, saturation diving systems and diving rebreathers.

“The transaction means JFD Australia will extend its existing RAN hyperbaric repairer accreditation, and that will include the manufacture of high-tech steel and aluminium equipment such as the submarine rescue vehicles which are so important to our business,” said Mr Idrus.

“We have long been considered the world’s triple-0 number for distressed submarines and now, with Cowan Manufacturing, we can further enhance this capability with the world’s best recompression and life support systems for divers and submarine crews in need of emergency support anywhere in the world.”

JFD’s Managing Director, Giovanni Corbetta agreed, saying Cowan Manufacturing is a welcome addition to JFD Australia.

“Cowan Manufacturing takes JFD to the forefront of providing comprehensive hyperbaric support, as well as submarine rescue system engineering, manufacturing and services capabilities.

“This will further strengthen our vision to support our clients’ core operations by offering Australian market-leading technology solutions and world-class support.”

JFD completes harbour acceptance trials for its first Deep Search and Rescue Vehicle for the Indian Navy

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JFD, the world leading underwater capability provider serving the commercial and defence markets and part of James Fisher and Sons plc, has completed the first stage of harbour acceptance trials of its first deep search and rescue vehicle (DSRV) for the Indian Navy’s 3rd Generation Submarine Rescue System, the company has announced.

The initial harbour acceptance trials of the first DSRV, which were undertaken at Glasgow’s King George V dock, are now complete. As part of this process the system has been comprehensively tested in a variety of conditions.

The DSRV hull previously underwent factory acceptance tests in December 2017 at the JFD-owned National Hyperbaric Centre in Aberdeen. These tests included thorough pressurised testing on the system’s pressure hulls and command module – all of which were completed successfully.

Upon completion of the harbour acceptance trials, the DSRV will be fully integrated with the rest of the rescue system at a site in Glasgow including the offshore handling system, intervention suite and 90 person decompression facilities.

Speaking on the development, Ben Sharples, India DSRV Project Director at JFD said:

“The completion of the initial harbour acceptance trials for the first DSRV, to be delivered to the Indian Navy, is an important step in the delivery of this contract. This is part of the progressive acceptance of the system designed to drive out risk during the later stages of sea acceptance.

JFD’s 3rd Generation DSRV marks a significant and pioneering step-change in real world submarine rescue capability. It is one of the deepest submarine rescue vehicles available and is weight optimised for maximum payload and optimum transportability. It has high levels of in-water performance including speed and manoeuvrability and can mate with submarines that might be subject to inclination on the seabed.

We are pleased of the progress that has been made in delivering on this important contract and look forward to the DSRV becoming operational later this year.”

The 3rd Generation Submarine Rescue System has been developed by JFD to maximise the chances of successfully rescuing the crew of a distressed submarine (DISSUB). Using its 30 years of experience and knowledge it has challenged the convention and brought to market an innovative new system that ensures the highest standards in safety, quality, flexibility and speed, thereby better protecting the lives of submariners.

Under the £193m contract, awarded in March 2016, JFD is providing two complete flyaway submarine rescue systems to the Indian Navy, including DSRVs, Launch and Recovery Systems (LARS) equipment, Transfer Under Pressure (TUP) systems, and all logistics and support equipment required to operate the service. The equipment has been designed, manufactured, integrated and tested by JFD prior to shipping in March 2018 for final commissioning and trials. The full, certified systems are due to be delivered to the customer in June 2018.

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Release date: 5 December 2017

Taking the plunge – submarine rescue skills put to the test

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JFD, the world leading underwater capability provider serving the commercial and defence markets and part of James Fisher and Sons plc, has demonstrated why it is a global leader in submarine rescue after two weeks of intensive exercises at sea off the coast of Western Australia.

In some of the world’s most challenging waters, “Black Carillon 2017” showcased JFD Australia’s superior ability to save lives in a deep-sea submarine emergency.

As a trusted and proven strategic capability partner of the Royal Australian Navy (RAN,) JFD Australia conducted the annual safety exercise with the support of a robust local supply chain which helped deliver and install critical submarine rescue equipment to the two participating ships, MV BESANT and MV STOKER.

Launching from the deck of MV STOKER, JFD’s free-swimming LR5 rescue vehicle with a pilot and two crew, was sent down to depths of 400 metres to locate the underwater target seat and simulate the safe “mating” to the rescue seat of a real submarine.

This is a crucial exercise as it also serves to maintain the submersible’s 3rd party certification ensuring that it is ready and fit for its hazardous duty year-round.

“This year threw up some very tough conditions, the weather was closing in and our operations team, engineers and technicians really needed to put their knowledge and experience to the test,” said General Manager, JFD Australia, Toff Idrus.

“That makes the success of this operation even more pleasing and shows that the fast, safe and proven submarine rescue service we have been providing to the Navy for the past decade is still unrivalled.”

The fortnight of exercises also included mock rescues in shallower waters of 136 metres, using the RAN submarine, HMAS WALLER.

The LR5 successfully attached or “mated” with the submarine’s hatch several times, which, in a real emergency, would see those on board a disabled submarine safely rescued from the sea floor.

“This year’s Black Carillon exercise was highly successful and clearly demonstrated that we have a capable and reliable Submarine Rescue Suite that is able to respond to a submarine emergency,” said the RAN’s Commander of the Submarine Force, Captain Geoff Wadley.

JFD Australia is also soon to deliver a world-class hyperbaric equipment suite to the Australian Government which will offer lifesaving medical and decompression treatment for up to 65 survivors with room for a further 14 chamber operators and medical staff in what is further evidence of JFD’s Australian capability and commitment to local jobs and continued growth of its local workforce.

“JFD Australia has a solid track record in offering a full submarine rescue system from our advanced maintenance and service centre at Bibra Lake, south of Perth that is on standby at all times and ready to respond within twelve hours,” said Mr. Idrus.

Release date: 27 September 2017

JFD demonstrates NATO Submarine Rescue System capabilities during major international exercise

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JFD, the world-leading submarine rescue and diving equipment company and part of James Fisher and Sons plc, has recently taken part in a major international submarine rescue exercise, Dynamic Monarch ‘17, which required it to demonstrate the NATO Submarine Rescue System (NSRS) capability, as well as provide training on various elements of the system.

JFD is responsible for maintaining NSRS in a permanent state of rescue readiness for the NATO partner nations of France, Norway and the UK, to go anywhere in the world at any time. JFD has been an integral part of the UK’s submarine rescue provision since 1985, and has been at the heart of NSRS since it came into service in 2008.

The system is fully air transportable using a variety of suitable aircraft and is capable of launch and recovery in a significant wave height of up to 5m (sea state 6).  NSRS is designed to reach a distressed submarine in 72 hours from the point of alert.

Dynamic Monarch is one of the largest submarine rescue exercises internationally, occurring every three years and is designed to test international forces’ interoperability and ability to respond to submarines that have become disabled, anywhere in the world.  The exercise offers the chance to demonstrate multi-national submarine rescue co-operation and provides a platform for sharing knowledge amongst participating nations.

The exercise required JFD to fully mobilise the rescue system to Turkey.  The mother ship (MOSHIP) embarkation and mobilisation took place at King George V Dock in Glasgow, with the system sailing to the exercise point in Turkey.  The main exercise phase commenced on 8 September and was executed over a two week period, in which various submarines took part in the simulated rescue operations.

The objectives of the exercise covered Transfer Under Pressure (TUP) operations and a series of demonstrations of submarine rescue vehicle (SRV) ‘mating’ with a variety of submarines. A total of nine mates took place during the exercise. There was also the provision of training opportunities to JFD operational personnel on each element of the system, as well as to NSRS Partner Nation personnel in areas such as rescue chamber operations and medical support functions, throughout the exercise process.

Upon completion of the exercise, the MOSHIP transited back to the disembarkation point at King George V Dock, where the equipment was removed from the vessel and returned to HMNB Clyde for restoration works to maintain ‘Rescue Readiness’ status.

Rob Pickering, JFD NSRS Project Manager said:

“Dynamic Monarch ’17 gives JFD the opportunity to demonstrate the world class capability that is provided by NSRS.  The highly trained operational team delivered further confidence to the participant nations that in the event of a real emergency, the NSRS Rescue System can mobilise and participate in a successful rescue.”

JFD has undertaken several successful NSRS rescue exercises over the previous two years of service, including Northern Sun ’15, Golden Arrow ’16 and Northern Sun ’17, which shows the continued commitment to the NATO Submarine Rescue System as well as the recognition of responsibility to assuring the operations team is fully trained in all aspects of a safe rescue.

Visit JFD at DSEI 2017 and watch SEAL Carrier in action at the waterborne demos!

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Positioned on stand S9-282, JFD will be exhibiting its complete offering to the defence diving market including the latest third generation submarine rescue capabilities, swimmer delivery vehicles and  its range of Divex rebreathers, equipment and accessories.   There will also be the opportunity to see SEAL Carrier first hand and witness its capability at the waterborne demonstrations taking part at the dockside.

For full details CLICK HERE

Specialist hyperbaric welding trials completed at JFD’s National Hyperbaric Centre

JFD, world-leading submarine rescue and diving equipment company and part of James Fisher and Sons plc, recently facilitated a dry hyperbaric welding trial for Subsea 7 within its saturation diving complex in Aberdeen.

Ten diver welders were welcomed to JFD’s National Hyperbaric Centre in May and were accommodated for 13 days at a depth of 43msw within the saturation diving system in order to prove their welding techniques prior to fulfilling an offshore contract.

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JFD’s National Hyperbaric Centre houses the only land based saturation diving system in the UK. The 16-man saturation dive complex is the ideal choice for clients looking to simulate a realistic, controlled hyperbaric environment in order to pre-qualify their diver welders prior to an offshore project ensuring welding procedures are safe, compliant and efficient.

The centre has enabled a number of welding trials over the years and its unique facilities and specialist technicians have attracted customers from around the world – even as far as Australia!

The saturation system is capable of facilitating manned trials to 300msw and comprises two fully fitted 8-man living chambers which connect to a transfer chamber (TC). Wet or dry diving trials can be accommodated and in the case of a wet trial, the TC simulates a diving bell complete with moon pool which connects to the work chamber below.

The work chamber is fitted out prior to the weld by JFD’s experienced technicians who ensure the correct safety and monitoring equipment is in place. Working closely with the client they create a habitat environment as similar as possible to the one in which the divers will be working in offshore.

The dive follows exact offshore procedures with divers being monitored 24/7 by JFD life support supervisors and technicians as soon as they are under pressure. On shift within the work chamber, divers are monitored by Subsea 7 dive supervisors as they complete their welding procedures. Between shifts, the welded pipeline sections are removed from the work chamber through the entry lock of the TC and are taken away for inspection by a third party to ensure weld integrity in order to successfully qualify the diver welder.

Performing hyperbaric welding trials within a controlled environment is essential to ensure safety and efficiency during mobilisation, and to reduce downtime offshore which could be time consuming and costly for the client.

Martin Robb, head of delivery for Commercial services, said:

“This is the first hyperbaric weld we have performed in the last couple of years following the industry downturn and I am delighted with JFD’s performance. The dive system is continually maintained and audited and as such can be fully operational on short notice. JFD staff worked closely alongside the client to mobilise and fit out the work chamber for the weld trials and the project ran to schedule.

The chamber complex ran 24 hour operations efficiently and smoothly which is testament to our highly skilled and experienced staff and technicians who managed the project exceptionally well from start to finish, quickly and expertly responding to any requests that arose from either the divers or the client.

The facility also acts as a 24 hour diver emergency response centre and, as luck would have it, we received an emergency call to support a diving incident during the welding project. The team immediately responded and implemented the relevant JFD procedures for such an emergency. The emergency was successfully and efficiently handled and the welding trial operation remained unaffected. I am incredibly proud of the team’s professional and expert approach to the situation and their continuous efforts as a whole which ensure JFD maintains its position at the forefront of subsea safety.”


Release date: 10 July 2017

JFD’s COBRA bailout rebreather successfully completes first offshore dive to 270msw

JFD, the world-leading submarine rescue and diving equipment company and part of James Fisher and Sons plc, received fantastic feedback from DOF Subsea following the first major offshore dive for its new deep diving rebreather, COBRA (Compact Bailout Rebreathing Apparatus).

Earlier this year, JFD released COBRA into the market to replace conventional SCUBA bailout methods, providing divers with a greatly extended supply of breathing gas in the event of a primary supply failure. Last month following extensive testing, COBRA was granted full CE marking status, making it the only approved system of its kind to achieve NORSOK U101 (Diving Respiratory Equipment) and EN14143 (Self Contained Rebreathing Apparatus) standards. As such, COBRA leads the way in terms of safety and functionality.

Upon delivery of their new COBRA systems, DOF Subsea divers and technicians received familiarity and maintenance training from JFD on-board their Skandi Singapore DSV before embarking on a saturation diving project to 270msw in Australia.

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At these extreme depths, traditional bailout systems would offer the divers less than 3 minutes of emergency breathing gas, whereas the COBRA system provides 20 minutes minimum duration for this depth, offering the diver a greatly extended opportunity to return safely to the diving bell.

COBRA has been designed and developed by JFD to reduce a diver’s gas usage by effectively recycling the diver’s breath, removing carbon dioxide and injecting a flow of fresh breathing gas to replace the oxygen consumed. COBRA can be tested at any time, giving divers vital reassurance through the single turn activation valve on the helmet. This allows the diver to mechanically switch COBRA on and off as a pre-dive check.

The divers were satisfied with the set’s performance during the dive and JFD received extremely positive feedback with regards to ease of use, comfort, practicality and the greatly improved safety benefits offered by the system.

COBRA marks a step change in diver safety by improving the chances of survival for a diver when disconnected from his primary supply, a hugely relevant issue in the industry. It is believed that COBRA will be adopted globally as standard for all saturation divers at all depths, not just for deeper diving.

JFD managing director, Giovanni Corbetta commented:

“JFD is delighted with COBRA’s recent performance throughout both the CE marking testing and the recent dive to 270msw. We are confident that the system provides divers with a reliable and practical solution to an issue which has been of huge concern to diving contractors and oil and gas operators for a number of years. Previous bailout systems’ shortfalls have now been addressed and we are expecting companies to adopt COBRA within their procedures to raise the safety level of diving activities and to ensure preventable diver casualties are widely reduced.”

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Visit JFD at DSEI 2017 and watch our SEAL Carrier in action at the waterborne demos live each day!

Positioned on stand S9-282, we will be exhibiting our complete offering to the defence diving market including the latest SEAL Carrier and Torpedo Seal SDVs, our range of Divex rebreathers, equipment and accessories. We will also be showcasing our submarine escape and rescue capabilities and the hyperbaric services of our National Hyperbaric Centre. There will also be the opportunity to see SEAL Carrier first hand and witness its capability.

Registration is currently open and discounts available: https://www.dsei.co.uk/register

For further information; to book an appointment to speak with one of the team, or to request an in-depth briefing during DSEI, please contact Debbie Allan at d.allan@jfdglobal.com

We look forward to seeing you in London!

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JFD prepares for final testing of first two safety-advanced SPHLs completed with Vanguard
JFD, the world-leading subsea operations and manufacturing company and part of James Fisher and Sons plc, nears completion of two innovative and newly designed self-propelled hyperbaric lifeboats (SPHL), developed in partnership with Vanguard Composite Engineering Pte Ltd (Vanguard), which are leading the market in operational lifeboat safety standards.

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In February 2016, JFD won a multi-million pound contract to design and manufacture six SPHLs (four 18-man and two 24-man) as part of the saturation diving systems on board a new fleet of diving support vessels (DSV). Final testing of the first two 18-man SPHLs is due to take place before installation and commissioning on the first DSV. These lifeboats mark the first to be completed as part of a new partnership between JFD and Vanguard, based in Singapore.

The partnership combines JFD’s hyperbaric and chamber manufacture and design expertise with highly respected lifeboat manufacturer, Vanguard. This exclusive partnership leads the way for a new generation of hyperbaric lifeboats and integrated davit systems which are leading the market in terms of operational safety standards for saturation divers.

Giovanni Corbetta, JFD managing director stated:
“We are delighted with the progress of our first collaborative project alongside Vanguard. The project is on schedule and we are looking forward to delivering two advanced, high-quality vessels which will raise the safety standard of SPHLs globally, greatly improving the chances of a successful, safe recovery and decompression of the divers”.

JFD and Vanguard worked closely during the design and engineering phase, and the build programme for each element commenced simultaneously across all their global locations. Following the SPHL boats and davit systems manufacture at Vanguard facility in China and the chamber fabrication at JFD’s Australian, Korean and UK bases, the final outfitting is being completed at JFD’s LEXMAR facility in Singapore.

The SPHLs have been subject to continuous testing and DNV class build surveys throughout their manufacture to ensure compliance with the latest industry standards. FAT testing is due to commence with  the client and shipyard, which will involve pressure and leak tests, load and function tests and all other requirements mandated by Class, IMO and SOLAS.

The completed lifeboats will undergo speed and endurance testing in August 2017 before final acceptance by DNV and delivery to the client.

JFD’s project team will then move straight onto the additional two 18-man 300m SPHLs and the two 24-man 300m SPHLs to complete the contract.

While the partnership with Vanguard is a new avenue for JFD, the company has a long standing pedigree of hyperbaric and chamber manufacture and design. Previous builds have included those within saturation diving systems onboard DSV’s Deep Explorer, Skandi Singapore, Skandi Arctic, Seven Atlantic and Skandi Achiever, to name a few.

Giovanni continued:
“We are very excited about the future of this partnership having just secured a further contract with Shanghai Salvage for the supply of two SPHLs for JFD’s prestigious 500m rated 24-man modular saturation system. They have just passed prototype testing and are scheduled for delivery Q2 2018.
“We have received extremely positive feedback from clients in regards to the venture. The two companies are leaders in their fields and share the same ambition to progress the safety of the subsea industry through well designed, high quality equipment.”

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19 June 2017

Sculptures subjected to pressure testing at JFD’s National Hyperbaric Centre for artist’s experiment

JFD, the world-leading subsea operations and manufacturing company and part of James Fisher and Sons plc, subjected sculptures to maximum depth pressure testing to support an experiment by London based, highly commended artist, Steven Claydon.

Claydon is widely known for his sculptural work which examines the changing value of objects – aesthetic, functional and financial. The project, which was one of the more unusual ever undertaken at the NHC, was for the artist’s exhibition at The Common Guild in Glasgow, presenting a new installation which addresses the ideas of jeopardy and pressure, drawing a parallel between physical pressures and the more subtle kinds of pressures in terms of how objects are used, viewed, presented or aestheticised within a social or institutional context.

Two large wooden totem-like sculptures arrived at the National Hyperbaric Centre in April 2017 and were carefully secured within its large work chamber by on-site technicians. The chamber was flooded with water and pressurised to 100bar which is equivalent to 1000msw (metres of sea water). The process was recorded using underwater cameras within the chamber and a photographer took detailed photos of the objects before and after the test for the art installation project.

JFD’s large work chamber, based within its National Hyperbaric Centre in Aberdeen, is capable of simulating depths up to 1000msw. It is used on a daily basis to perform pressure testing on subsea equipment to ensure functionality, safety and integrity at depth prior to mobilisation. Due to the adaptability of the NHC’s assets within the National Hyperbaric Centre, it’s often approached by some more unusual clients.

Martin Robb, JFD head of delivery, commercial services, said:

“Over the years, the NHC has seen a lot of unusual objects come through its doors for testing. Our chambers are adaptable and can simulate impressive depths, but also altitudes of up to 55,000ft. Our technicians are highly experienced and work with the system on a daily basis. They are able to provide clients with specialist advice and support from the project planning stage right through to the end results. Our team is always excited to receive out of the ordinary enquiries which explore our diversity and capability.”

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Join JFD at UDT in Germany

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JFD is exhibiting on stand B42 at Undersea Defence Technology (UDT) 2017, an underwater defence and security focussed exhibition and conference. UDT takes place in Bremen, Germany from 30 May to 1 June and brings together professionals from the military, industry and academia to focus on the cutting edge technologies and developments within one of the harshest environments known to man.

JFD is one of the world’s leading subsea operations and manufacturing companies providing complex diving and underwater systems to the commercial and defence industries.

Operating worldwide, the company is the world’s leading provider of submarine rescue capability and an established provider of submarine escape training.

JFD will be displaying two man swimmer delivery vehicle Torpedo SEAL, alongside our defence Divex rebreathers, Stealth CDLSE and Shadow Enforcer.

JFD’s range of swimmer delivery vehicles, primarily exist to facilitate the insertion and extraction of Special Operations forces and equipment. In this role, their use allows for greater stand-off from surface ships and submarines. The vehicles are surface or subsurface craft, each optimised for a particular deployment method or mission profile.  The vehicles and Divex range of underwater breathing apparatus integrate together perfectly to provide reliable, through-mission life-support.

Our stand team will be on hand to discuss these products as well as our submarine rescue and escape capabilities.

If you have any questions, or would like to book an appointment with one of the team at the show, please email: marketing@jfdglobal.com.

We hope to see you in Bremen!

Visit JFD at Europoltech 2017

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JFD is exhibiting at Europoltech, the international fair of technology and equipment for the police and national security services taking place in Gdansk Poland, from 26-28 April.  We will be situated on the IMS-GRIFFIN stand, A46.
JFD is the world’s largest manufacturer and supplier of professional diving equipment, providing everything from personal diver equipment to full saturation diving systems.
Our two man swimmer delivery vehicle Torpedo SEAL will be on display, alongside our defence Divex rebreather, Shadow Excursion.
Our stand team will be on hand to discuss any enquiries you may have relating to our range of swimmer delivery vehicles (SDVs) and Divex range of defence rebreathers.
JFD’s range of swimmer delivery vehicles primarily exist to facilitate the insertion and extraction of Special Operations forces and equipment.  In this role, their use allows for greater stand-off from surface ships and submarines. The vehicles are surface or subsurface craft, each optimised for a particular deployment method or mission profile.  The JFD range of SDVs and Divex range of underwater breathing apparatus integrate together to provide reliable, through-mission life-support.
If you have any questions, or would like to book an appointment with one of the team at the show, please email: marketing@jfdglobal.com.

We hope to see you in Poland!

World first as JFD’s COBRA passes conformity assessment for CE marking making it the only approved system of its kind

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World first as JFD’s COBRA passes conformity assessment for CE marking making it the only approved system of its kind

JFD, the world-leading subsea operations and manufacturing company and a part of James Fisher and Sons plc, has successfully completed rigorous trials on its new COBRA (Compact Bailout Rebreathing Apparatus) system verifying its capability and performance to CE Mark status.

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COBRA is the only commercial emergency rebreather system in the world to have been granted CE Marking status to NORSOK U101 (Diving Respiratory Equipment) and EN14143 (Self Contained Rebreathing Apparatus), leading the way in terms of safety and functionality.

COBRA was designed and developed by JFD in response to a crucial need for bailout technology which can support the depth requirements and excursion durations of new generation diving operations.

Norway pioneered new guidelines which stipulate that a diver must have a minimum of 10 minutes emergency breathing gas calculated at a breathing rate of 62.5 l/m which render open circuit bailout methods non-conforming at depths greater than 56m. The only two systems in the world which can satisfy these requirements are JFD’s Divex SLS and COBRA.

The Divex SLS has been sold globally by JFD for the past 20 years. In response to Diver feedback, JFD designed COBRA to further enhance the SLS technology creating a compact, easy to operate and maintain, mechanical system which can provide up to 45 minutes endurance. COBRA is the only system which can be tested any time by the diver, this is a step change compared with previous systems which once activated, could not be switched off.

Rigorous tests and trials have been undertaken throughout the development and CE marking assessment phases in order to assure performance under the most arduous conditions, environments and breathing requirements. The trials included measuring the work of breathing (WOB), testing operational parameters, resistance and endurance tests as well as pressure and environmental testing. As part of the CE Marking process, two days were spent testing COBRA using independent divers within the JFD dive tank pushing the kit to the required limits.

Successfully passing the assessment declares that COBRA meets the required safety, health and environmental standards to comply with EU legislation to the standard EN14143 and NORSOK U101.

JFD has received an extremely positive response to COBRA following recent seminars and events and has already sold a number of sets globally.

To read more about COBRA click here or contact us for more information.

Visit JFD on stand 403 at Underwater Intervention 2017
JFD is exhibiting at Underwater Intervention, a leading commercial diving and ROV conference and exhibition taking place in New Orleans, from 21-23 February.

JFD is the world’s largest manufacturer and supplier of professional diving equipment, providing everything from personal diver equipment to full saturation diving systems.

You can find us on stand number 403 where our new COBRA Diver Bailout Rebreather System will be featured alongside one of our LEXMAR diving panels.

COBRA has been designed and developed as part of the Divex range of rebreathers in response to the urgent need for significant improvements in safety within the saturation diving industry.  COBRA provides up to 45 minutes of fully independent breathing gas in an emergency scenario, significantly improving the likelihood of a successful rescue.

In August 2016, JFD acquired LEXMAR; a Singapore based manufacturer of saturation diving systems and related equipment. LEXMAR’s products and services complement and further expand JFD’s existing portfolio, which leads the way in terms of capability, specification and global support.

Join us on our stand each day at 3pm for a Whisky tasting session to sample some fine Scottish Whiskies.

Our experts will be on hand at the show and would be delighted to discuss how JFD can help support your requirements. You can schedule a meeting with one of our team members by emailing marketing@jfdglobal.com or alternatively drop by our stand for a chat.

We hope to see you there!

PRESS RELEASE:

1 March 2017

JFD and Wuhu Diving Equipment Factory joint venture secures first saturation diving system contract

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JFD, the world-leading subsea operations and manufacturing company and a part of James Fisher and Sons plc, is delighted to announce that its joint venture company, Wuhu Divex Diving Systems Limited has secured its first contract for a 300m saturation diving system for Shanghai Salvage.
The multi-million dollar contract awarded by Shanghai Salvage, is for the design and build of a mobile, 12-man, 300m saturation diving system, similar to a previous system supplied by JFD to the customer in 2009.
These mobile saturation systems can be quickly deployed on several vessels in the Shanghai Salvage fleet, and allow the company to execute salvage, subsea installation and intervention projects in an efficient and cost-effective manner.
This mobile saturation system award is a follow-on contract to the 500m saturation system contract which was awarded to JFD by Shanghai Salvage in December 2016.  The multi-million pound contract covered the design and build of a 24-man saturation diving system capable of diving to depths of 500m which incorporated JFD’s advanced state-of-the-art technology.
JFD has enjoyed a ten year partnership with government–owned Shanghai Salvage and is delighted that this partnership is continuing through their joint venture Wuhu Divex Diving Systems Limited.
Wuhu Divex Diving Systems Limited was established in late 2016 between JFD and Wuhu Diving Equipment Factory and is dedicated to the manufacture of advanced diving systems for the Chinese market.
This joint venture allows JFD and Wuhu Diving Equipment Factory to grow together within the Chinese underwater arena. As both have extensive track records of designing, manufacturing and installing diving systems the partnership allows Wuhu Divex Diving Systems Limited to provide a strengthened comprehensive offering, demonstrated by this first contract win.

For further information contact: Marketing@jfdglobal.com

14 December 2016

JFD expands hyperbaric rescue offering with the addition of Portable HRF

  • Portable 18-man HRF delivered to JFD’s National Hyperbaric Centre
  • Expanding JFD’s Hyperbaric Rescue capability across the whole of the UK
  • Increases safety by providing well maintained systems and experienced personnel

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JFD, the world-leading subsea operations and manufacturing company and part of James Fisher and Sons plc, has recently accepted the delivery of a portable 18-man hyperbaric rescue facility (HRF) which will offer offshore operators an encompassing solution for hyperbaric reception across the whole of the UK.

JFD’s National Hyperbaric Centre (NHC) has been at the forefront of Hyperbaric Rescue since its establishment in 1987. The centre houses the only land-based saturation diving complex in the UK which has played historic and important role as a hyperbaric reception facility for many diving contractors operating in the North Sea. The addition of the portable HRF means JFD can extend this support across all UK waters, becoming a single source supplier for customers looking for HRF capability to satisfy their hyperbaric rescue requirements.

This service not only provides a cost effective solution by capitalising on asset sharing benefits, but also aims to increase safety as customers can be assured the systems are audited, serviced and maintained on a regular basis.

Following an evacuation, divers have up to 72 hours life support on board, therefore a fast recovery and an efficient HRF process is imperative to save the diver’s lives. JFD’s team have developed specialist skills through years of proven service and have first-hand experience through involvement with various live trials performed at National Hyperbaric Centre making them the ideal choice when looking for support in this area.
The portable system is now available for hire and can be transported and stored on standby at a nominated port of recovery, allowing clients to minimise SPHL/HRC travel distance and time as part of their hyperbaric rescue plan.

The 18-man HRF was built by JFD at their Australian facility to support a diving contract based in Western Australia. JFD systems represent state-of–the-art technologies and innovation and are built by experienced personnel with safety, practicality and comfort in mind. The HRF has been designed to facilitate easy transportation and relocation from country to country, rapidly providing decompression and medical support. The HRF is designed to mate to a Self-Propelled Hyperbaric Lifeboat (SPHL) or to a Hyperbaric Rescue Chamber (HRC) to allow the divers to transfer under pressure to the HRF chamber and continue decompressing away from the dangers that have ensued upon the vessel.  The HRF is built to Lloyd’s Register Rules for the Construction & Classification of Submersibles and Diving Systems and is fully IMCA compliant.

Three Life Support Packages (LSPs) are now also under management within JFD’s fast developing asset pool.

JFD’s mission is to maintain its position as a market leader within this specialised area by providing a turnkey solution to customers across the whole of the UK which it hopes will improve subsea safety standards.

12 December 2016

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JFD and Wuhu Diving Equipment Factory sign joint venture to further strengthen presence in the Chinese market

  • JFD strengthens presence in China with joint venture with Wuhu Diving Equipment Factory
  • Access to more economic resources in China through this partnership

JFD, the world-leading subsea operations and manufacturing company and a part of James Fisher and Sons plc, has expanded into the Chinese market through the signing of a joint venture with Wuhu Diving Equipment Factory (http://chinadiving.cn).

Wuhu Diving Equipment Factory is a subsidiary of Shanghai Salvage Company (SSC) and is the only factory in China specialising in the manufacture of heavy diving equipment.  The long term joint venture agreement brings the two companies together as Wuhu Divex Diving Systems Limited and is dedicated to the manufacture of advanced diving systems for the China market.

This joint venture allows JFD and Wuhu Diving Equipment Plant to grow together within the Chinese underwater arena. As both have extensive track records of designing, manufacturing and installing diving systems the partnership allows Wuhu Divex Diving Systems to provide a strengthened comprehensive offering.

JFD Managing Director Giovanni Corbetta states:

“We are thrilled to have partnered with a successful and experienced company such as Wuhu Diving Equipment Factory.  This partnership will allow access to greater resources in China providing not just an economic benefit to the company but a stronger portfolio and capability.  We are very much looking forward to operating as Wuhu Divex Diving Systems Limited within the Chinese sector.”

JFD were recently awarded a multi-million pound contract to build a 500m saturation diving system in China.  The contract, valued in the region of £35m, is for the design and build of a 24-man saturation diving system capable of diving to depths of 500m.  Incorporating JFD’s advanced state-of-the-art technology the 24-man system will allow the safe conduct of 500m diving, which is significantly beyond the depth rating of the majority of standard diving systems.

 

28 November 2016

Planned upgrade approved for JFD’s National Hyperbaric Centre (NHC) designed for reception of 24-man SPHLs.

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  • National Hyperbaric Centre announces expansion and development plans to facilitate new generation 24-man SPHL’s
  • Ensures NHC retains its leading position within the diving industry
  • JFD provides a centre of excellence for hyperbaric rescue facilities, offering a comprehensive service to operators across the North Sea.

JFD, the world-leading subsea operations and manufacturing company, is pleased to announce the planned expansion of its National Hyperbaric Centre’s fixed hyperbaric reception facility (HRF) from an 18-man to a 24-man system.

Housing the only land-based saturation diving system in the UK, the National Hyperbaric Centre (NHC) has worked in collaboration with North Sea diving contractors to help ensure the safety of saturation divers in case of an emergency over the last 28 years, successfully providing a comprehensive 18-man emergency hyperbaric reception facility.

In response to larger diving support vessels coming into operation in the North Sea, the expansion will ensure NHC retains its leading position in the diving industry, with the ability to support and facilitate the arrival of the new generation 24-man self-propelled hyperbaric lifeboats (SPHLs).  It will be one of only a few facilities in the UK that is able to support the reception of larger SPHLs and benefits from being connected to a dedicated DMAC 028 (Diving Medical Advisory Committee) compliant medical chamber.

Giovanni Corbetta, JFD managing director said:
“JFD is delighted to announce that a major operator has already signed a contract for the provision of 24-man reception capability. NHC has retained a successful reputation as a highly capable HRF facility over many years, and so, JFD is happy to invest in developments which will enable the centre to continue to support its clients as their needs develop.”

Included in the expansion is the design and manufacture of a new hyperbaric module which consists of a transfer under pressure (TUP) chamber and spool piece which will provide a critical link between the 24-man SPHL and the NHC’s decompression chambers. The TUP will be contained within a steel support structure (Support Module) with a bespoke cradle which provides alignment, support and portability for the 24-man SPHL. The NHC building will also be extended and its overhead crane handling capabilities enhanced so it can accommodate the larger 24-man SPHLs’.

The current life support systems within the NHC are designed to support a maximum occupancy of 18 people. As part of the extension, the existing decompression chambers will be adapted and removable modules will be available to accommodate a maximum of 30 people during the medical treatment and decompression process, providing a facility suitable for treatment of the most complex of diving-related medical emergencies.

All the above works will be designed and delivered in accordance with IMCA guidelines and pressure boundary works will require Lloyds Register Certification.

Once completed, the expansion will result in the NHC being one of the most capable and adaptable reception facilities in the UK supported by the most knowledgeable staff in the world.

The enhanced capability is further strengthened by the addition of a portable 18-man HRF which was delivered to NHC early November. As part of its commitment to subsea safety, JFD has positioned itself as the centre of excellence for hyperbaric rescue facilities by offering a comprehensive service which can support operators across the whole of the North Sea.

23 November 2016

JFD SECURES MULTI MILLION POUND CONTRACT TO BUILD 500M SATURATION DIVING SYSTEM FOR SHANGHAI SALVAGE

 

  • JFD awarded a multi-million pound contract to design, manufacture and install two x 12 man saturation dive systems for return customer
  • 500m depth rating will make it one of deepest systems in the world
  • The contract will strengthen JFD’s presence in the Chinese market

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JFD, the leading global subsea operations and engineering company and part of James Fisher and Sons plc, today announces that it has been awarded a major contract with Shanghai Salvage, one of the biggest professional salvage companies in China.

The contract, valued in the region of £35m, is for the design and build of a 24 man saturation dive system capable of diving to depths of 500m, to help strengthen Shanghai Salvage’s subsea operational capability and support its growth into deeper diving operations.

Drawing upon JFD’s wealth of engineering expertise, the new 24 man system will be built to incorporate advanced, state-of-the-art technology which will allow the safe conduct of 500m diving, which is significantly beyond the depth rating of the majority of standard diving systems.

The build consists of two independent 12 man saturation diving systems including diving bell, hyperbaric lifeboat, gas management and life support equipment built into a single lift module. The systems can be deployed individually on vessels of opportunity or installed together on board a newly designed dive support vessel (DSV).

JFD has enjoyed a ten year partnership with government–owned Shanghai Salvage, following the award of a contract in 2007/08 for the supply of a 300m rated saturation diving system. The delivered system has subsequently performed successfully on board the DSV ‘Shen Qian Hao’, achieving the Chinese record deepest saturation dive  in 2014.

With a long standing reputation for the manufacture of saturation dive systems that lead the way in terms of specification and capability, JFD was best placed to accept this engineering challenge. The 24 man saturation dive system will include the engineering, procurement, construction, installation and maintenance of two x 12 man saturation dive system modules that are fully International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) and Lloyds Register compliant.
Giovanni Corbetta, JFD managing director said:
“The decision to assign the contract to JFD is testament to our proven capability. Shanghai Salvage has recognised the key benefits associated with JFD systems and we are delighted to support them once again as their diving operations advance into deeper waters. JFD prides itself on its refined engineering expertise which has been developed over the past 35 years, allowing us to deliver highly specialised and technologically advanced systems of exceptional quality.”

This award is the result of several years’ business development effort into the Chinese market. JFD anticipates that as a result of the contract, their presence will be strengthened in the region, making China a significant market for the company.

For more information see www.james-fisher.com

 

 

Media contact:

Name: Debbie Allan

Title: Head of Marketing
Tel:  +44 (0)1224 270083

E-mail: d.allan@jfdglobal.com

Business contact:

Name: Valerio Percoco

Title: Business Acquisition Director

Tel: +44 (0)1224 740 145

E-mail: v.percoco@jfdglobal.com

 

5 September 2016

 JFD’s National Hyperbaric Centre takes the lead in improving diver safety worldwide with Fugro agreement

 

  • NHC signs new agreement with Fugro to run training courses from their Fugro Academy Training Centre
  • The use of this centre allows NHC to provide better facilities and enhanced customer experience
  • This allows the NHC to expand their global presence as a training provider, into Abu Dhabi

JFD, the world-leading subsea operations and manufacturing company, is pleased to announce the signing of a new agreement with Fugro to provide training courses delivered by the National Hyperbaric Centre (NHC), part of JFD Ltd, at the Fugro Academy Training Centre in Abu Dhabi.

The agreement with Fugro will see JFD approved local and UK trainers delivering the full range of courses that are currently offered by the NHC including: Client Representative, Dive System Auditing & Assurance, Dive Technician and Kirby Morgan Helmet Technician courses. The first scheduled course is the ROV Auditing & Assurance course which will take place on (13th – 15th September).

Subsea and diver safety is of paramount to JFD and one of our core company values.  We aim to improve the safety of our customers by taking a leading role in improving standards worldwide.  The collaboration with Fugro means the NHC shall be delivering courses from the best facilities available providing a greater experience to our customers.

The addition of another training facility allows the NHC to expand their global presence and provide training services to a wider audience.

Laura Stewart, Head of Sales – Commercial Services, stated: “We are delighted to partner with Fugro in Abu Dhabi with this venture. It supports our strategy to increase our visibility and footprint across the globe and to ultimately promote Subsea and Diver safety within the industry. We have reviewed a number of our courses in terms of the material and content and I am confident that we have Industry Authorities delivering the training in top class facilities regardless of the courses being run in the UK or abroad.  Travelling to the UK to receive training can be very costly to individuals, operators and companies so it makes sense for us to take our products abroad.”

Delegates will have access to Fugro’s two 15-20 capacity training rooms, a computer training room and on site ROV and Dive systems in order to carry the practical modules of courses.

Andrew McNeill, Global Talent Development Manager at Fugro commented: “We are pleased to be supporting the NHC with this venture into the Middle East region. Our knowledge of the region, combined with expertise in ROV and diving operations, will play a significant role in improving the training and competence of personnel here.”

To find out more information about the courses on offer in Abu Dhabi, please visit www.jfdglobal.com or alternatively contact the NHC on +44 (0) 1224  698895

1 August 2016

 Specialist provider of diving equipment becomes part of JFD

 James Fisher and Sons plc acquires LEXMAR to become part of JFD

  • LEXMAR enhances JFD’s saturation diving capability and offering
  • LEXMAR / JFD will improve the regional support and capability to Defence markets within the Asia Pacific Region

JFD, the world-leading subsea operations and manufacturing company and part of James Fisher and Sons plc, is pleased to announce the acquisition of LEXMAR.

LEXMAR was founded in 1996 in Singapore and specialises in the design and manufacturing of In-built and Modular Saturation Diving Systems, and is an established provider of Diving Equipment and Services to the Offshore industry.

The business, complementary to JFD’s specialist technical division, is currently completing three 18 man twin bell saturation diving systems.  They are currently in the process of undertaking installation and commissioning in China and will commence the third system in Singapore early 2017.

The inclusion of LEXMAR as part of JFD improves the company’s capability and offering of specialist diving equipment services to the Asia Pacific market, enhances the production capacity and customer support in this area, as well as strengthening our support to the Singaporean Navy for all activities related to submarine rescue.

Giovanni Corbetta, JFD’s MD, commented: “We are delighted to welcome LEXMAR to the JFD family and are excited at the opportunities this presents to us, particularly within the Asia Pacific region.   The addition of LEXMAR brings JFD to the forefront of diving equipment capability and saturation diving systems offering and support and will further strengthen our vision to support our clients’ core operations by offering market leading technology solutions and world class support.”

Marieke Barker, LEXMAR’s CEO, added: “We are very happy to become part of the JFD family as this acquisition provides unique opportunities to grow. LEXMAR has come a long way and we are proud and thankful of what we have accomplished and ready to go to the next level with JFD. Together we are strong!”

JFD are currently completing two saturation diving systems and commissioning is underway in both Norway and Baku.  With a track record spanning the last 35 years, the company’s track record shows more than 100 systems built

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Last month saw JFD exhibit at DSEI in London. With over 30,000 attendees the show is one of the largest defence exhibitions worldwide.

Held at the ExCel Centre in London we were proud to exhibit our complete offering to the defence diving market which included our range of Swimmer Delivery Vehicles; Seal Carrier and Torpedo Seal alongside the Divex rebreather range, equipment and accessories.

To view images from the show and download copies of the JFD brochures, please visit: DSEI 2015

The exhibition was a great success with many key contacts made and as you’ll see from the pictures the kit looked fantastic!

Thanks to all who came to visit our stand.

Many thanks
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Divex merges with James Fisher Defence to become JFD

In 2013 Divex Ltd. was acquired by James Fisher and Sons plc. The move brought together the quality and assurance for which we are renowned with the operational pedigree of James Fisher Defence.

Since the acquisition, the two companies have continued to trade under their own names. As of July, the trading name of both JF Defence and Divex has become, simply, JFD.

What does this mean for you?

Our service to new and existing customers will improve.

  • Our commitment to quality, safety and assurance will remain our top priority.
  • Our Research & Development programmes will continue at increased pace.
  • JFD will continue to offer the complete portfolio of Divex brand products.
  • The Divex brand will be maintained at the product level and will remain a mark of quality, reliability and innovation.
  • The range of products and services we offer you will increase.
Our relationship won’t change.
  • Our legal entity will remain Divex Ltd.
  • The terms and conditions of existing contracts are not affected.
  • There is no requirement for novation of contracts.
  • Our contact details, with the exception of our e-mail addresses, will remain unchanged.
  • The convention for e-mail addresses will be [initial].[surname]@jfdglobal.com
  • You’ll continue to work with the same people; all of our employees are being retained.

We will continue to work from our existing offices and sites around the world.

Please feel free to contact us at any time if you’d like to discuss how this may affect you and your team. We thank you for your custom, and look forward to providing greater service in the future.

JAMES FISHER AND SONS PLC ACQUISITION OF DIVEX LIMITED

Aberdeen, Scotland – 6 March 2013

International diving equipment technology company Divex are pleased to advise that late on the 5th March 2013 they completed the sale of Divex Limited to James Fisher & Sons plc.

Divex, who are based in Aberdeen Scotland, has grown continuously through both acquisition and internal and organic growth. The company is now on the cusp of another significant period of growth with the global replacement of ageing Diving Support vessels (DSVs).  Having the backing of James Fisher plc will help the company through this exciting period.

Current Directors and Senior Management at Divex Limited will be involved going forward.  For the 240 members of staff currently employed by Divex Limited, there will be no immediate changes to working practices and business will continue as usual.

Derek Clarke, Joint Managing Director at Divex, comments:

“We actually started the process of finding a suitable parent company some three years ago and we sought a company where we had a good fit and a similar ethos and culture. We thought James Fisher would be an excellent parent back then and the discussions that have taken place over the passing months only reinforced that view. Our dual market sectors of oil and gas and defence fit perfectly and we will functionally operate within James Fisher Marine Services Ltd.

We are very comfortable with this development which provides a far more stable foundation to enable Divex to go to the next level.”

Divex are situated at their headquarters in Westhill, Aberdeen, Scotland.  Divex is recognised as the global industry leader in the design, supply, manufacture, research and development of diving and subsea equipment for the international commercial (offshore, inshore & onshore) anddefencediving, submarine rescue, hyperbaric medical and renewable energy markets.

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