Un­der­wa­ter cen­tre ap­point­ment aims to forge bonds with off­shore in­dus­try

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COM­MER­CIAL diver and ROV train­ing fa­cil­ity, The Un­der­wa­ter Cen­tre, has made a se­nior ap­point­ment to fur­ther strengthen links be­tween the Cen­tre and the off­shore in­dus­try.

James Ridge­way – for­merly Sub­sea Train­ing Man­ager at the Na­tional Hy­per­baric Cen­tre in Aberdeen – has been ap­pointed Train­ing Op­er­a­tions Man­ager at the Fort Wil­liam fa­cil­ity. He will be re­spon­si­ble for all as­pects of train­ing at the Cen­tre, in­clud­ing ROV pi­lot tech­ni­cian train­ing, as well as com­mer­cial air and sat­u­ra­tion diver train­ing.

The ap­point­ment comes at an im­por­tant time for The Un­der- water Cen­tre, which is de­vel­op­ing new ini­tia­tives to re­spond to the needs and de­mands of in­dus­try for skilled per­son­nel.

A former sol­dier, Ridge­way, 39, has had an in­ter­na­tional air div­ing ca­reer span­ning more than 18 years. On leav­ing school he joined the Bri­tish army as an in­fantry­man at the age of 17, dur­ing which time he took his first div­ing qual­i­fi­ca­tions and af­ter­wards spent a num­ber of years in the UK work­ing as an in­shore civil diver, be­fore he pro­gressed into off­shore div­ing, be­com­ing a DOL South African div­ing su­per­vi­sor and ADC div­ing su­per­vi­sor.

“The Un­der­wa­ter Cen­tre is a long es­tab­lished train­ing school and work­ing here gives me the op­por­tu­nity to bring to­gether all the ex­pe­ri­ence I have ac­quired over the years,” he said.

“The Cen­tre is in a very good place at the moment – it is very much go­ing through a pe­riod of change and is ex­pand­ing projects into new global op­por­tu­ni­ties.”

James Ridge­way points to new global ven­tures for the cen­tre

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