The Unique Maritime Group (UMG) has set up the first Hyperbaric Reception Facility (HRF) in the Middle East, at its facility in the Hamriyah Free Zone, Sharjah, thereby raising safety levels for all divers currently operating in this area. The purpose built system developed by Unique Hydra, a division of UMG, has already attracted considerable interest, and the first contracts for its use are expected to be announced later this month.
Harry Gandhi, chief executive officer of UMG, says, “Bringing one of our state of the art Hydra HRF systems to this region is testimony to our commitment to safety, diver care and providing first class services to the operators in this area. I am very proud that we are the first company to offer this potentially lifesaving facility and congratulate the local team on the job they have done in setting this up in the UAE.”
HRF units are used in the diving industry to ensure that, in the event of an emergency evacuation of a diving support vessel (DSV) with divers in saturation, a more controlled and comfortable decompression will be available for the divers, along with appropriate medical facilities.
UMG has made the investment to support commercial diving operators in the UAE as they aim to further enhance the safety of their diving teams. The company says it is willing to closely work with local operators to make sure that their respective hyperbaric lifeboat chambers will mate with the HRF at Hamriyah.