Trident, a subsidiary of the Finnish technology group Wärtsilä, has taken steps to strengthen its underwater-related vessel servicing capabilities, with the opening of a new diving centre facility in Fujairah. This expansion into a location in a major global shipping region, which benefits from a busy local anchorage, will enhance Wärtsilä’s ability to serve its global customers with underwater repairs, refurbishments and maintenance.
By performing this work below the waterline, using fully trained technician divers, the need to drydock the vessel is eliminated, thereby significantly reducing costs and avoiding interruptions to the vessel’s operations, the company points out. The new UAE centre became fully operational in February 2019, but was officially opened in April.
“Our certified technicians can perform safe, reliable, and cost-effective repairs either underwater or afloat. Furthermore, we can assess repair requirements with thorough underwater inspections by our specialist teams. This adds considerable customer value since it increases the vessel’s operational efficiency while minimising its downtime,” commented William Winters, Managing Director of Trident.
Wärtsilä already has strong underwater servicing capabilities in Europe through its acquisition of the Trident Group in February 2018, and its subsequent acquisition of the Spanish underwater services company Burriel Navarro later that year. This more recent expansion into the Middle East region extends the company’s global footprint in this specialist field.