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DIvING SERvICES


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Inland diving services for offshore renewables


Hughes SSE inland dive team are highly skilled and can be found working on anything from salvage


operations, surveys, bridge or lock gate inspections to penstock maintenance and cathodic protection. Within the inland dive team, there are also specialised power station experts who are currently


Since its inception in early 2006, Hughes Sub Surface Engineering (Hughes SSE) has rapidly become one of the country’s top providers for subsea activities, winning many awards and accolades for their high standards of service.


LOCATIONS


The company has several offices based around the country with their Head Office in Liverpool and smaller offices based in other important offshore centres such as Staines, Lowestoft, Grimsby and Mostyn. At Liverpool HQ, the tender team have been successful in bidding for national framework agreements with companies such as The Canals and Rivers Trust, The Environments Agency, United Utilities and SSE amongst others.


BESPOKE SERVICE


These frameworks are usually based around 3-5 years of bespoke service during which time Hughes SSE’s inland dive team are ready to mobilise to any location in the country within 24 hours. The Inland Dive team consists of a five-person team including one Dive Supervisor. It is their responsibility to ensure that the dives are completed safely, on time and within budget, as per the client’s request.


assisting with the maintenance and decommissioning of some the UK’s major power stations.


REPUTATION


Hughes SSE have built a solid foundation and reputation over the past 9 years because of the service and commitment to its clients within the inland diving market. The success of this has allowed MD and owner Ian Hughes to grow the company and expand into the offshore renewables field.


Having won some major contracts across Europe’s largest wind farms over the past 5 years, Hughes SSE have continued to grow and excel as a company. Ian Hughes stated “Growing the company has been challenging but very rewarding. The awards we have received and the glowing feedback from our clients highlight the hard work our offshore dive teams have put in and this is something we are very proud of.”


GWYNT Y MÔR PROJECT One of Hughes SSE largest projects to date was RWE’s Gwynt y Môr project, a huge wind farm that sits 16 km off the North Wales coastline. The field is home to 160 Turbines that deliver 3.6MW each and has the ability to power 400,000 homes. The wind farm takes up 31 square miles of the Irish Sea with water depths ranging from 12 meters to 28 meters.


CHALLENGING CONDITIONS As principle dive contractor, Hughes SSE’s dive teams were faced with some challenging conditions including high tides and sometimes adverse and unpredictable weather conditions. Diving in these conditions can be really tough with a lot of the dives completed in darkness and confined spaces.


COMPETENCY ASSURANCE MANAGEMENT SYSTEM (CAMS) Thankfully, Hughes SSE’s divers have completed numerous courses and their skills are constantly monitored using an IMCA compliant competency assurance management system (CAMS), meaning each dive is completed to the highest safety standards.


Hughes SSE have been rewarded by clients RWE for completing the project with over 3500 incident free dives and no lost time incidents. They also managed to scope a skills development award (REA) and the prestigious Renewable UK / Crown Estate health and safety award (In conjunction with RWE)


EXPERIENCED DIVERS, SPECIALIST TEAMS AND INNOVATIVE PLANNING The Hughes SSE offshore dive team consist of a number of highly skilled and experienced divers, many of which started in the Royal Navy and oil & gas industry. The specialist UXO divers (Unexploded Ordnance) were brought in to play very early on in the project after a routine sea bed survey unearthed many unexploded WW2 bombs.


Working alongside specialist bomb disposal teams the targets were located and destroyed safely, keeping the project on schedule. Utilising 2 DP2 vessels, Hughes SSE set to work laying mattresses, scour protection, cable inspection and reporting dives.


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