UK Diving Services Ltd provide licensed work boats for survey, safety and rescue boat operations throughout the UK. Our safety boats are licensed under the MCA and PLA for inshore, offshore, coastal and tidal waterway safety work. All our crew members and boat masters are time served experts within the marine safety industry. Talk to us today to book a competitive rescue or safety boat charter. Our commercial boat operations are available nationwide at short notice.
Inshore And Offshore Rescue Boats
National Safety Boat Services By The Professionals
Welcome to UK Diving Services Ltd ..formerly known as Diving Marine UK (International) Ltd we provide offshore and inshore rescue boats, safety boat hire and safety boat services for any demanding marine environment.
UK Diving Services Ltd are a leading hovercraft and rescue boat hire company providing rescue RIBs, safety boat services and safety boat hire to assist personnel who work on, near or above water throughout the United Kingdom.
UK Diving Services Ltd provide professional rescue boat hire, hovercraft rental and safety boat services to the construction, inspection, engineering, media, sporting, film and event management industries. Our safety boat services, work and rescue vessels are licensed for working both inshore and offshore during 24hr periods.
Our safety boats are fitted with safety and rescue equipment to the highest standards set by Solas and The Maritime And Coastguard Agency.
UK Diving Services are amongst the UK's safest diving companies providing the following specialist services nationwide:
Diving Services - Underwater inspection maintenance and repair
Offshore Windfarm Services - Crew transfer boats, survey vessels, diving and confined spaces
Confined Space Entry - Confined space inspection maintenance and repair
Work Boat Hire - Commercial work boat charter and work boat services
Civil & Marine Engineering - Water environment projects scour protection and prevention
Survey Vessels - Pre-works surveys, seabed surveys, river surveys
Shipping Husbandry - Hull inspections and surveys underwater repairs and cleaning
Bridge Inspections And Underwater Surveys - Scour and abutment surveys maintenance & repair
Offshore Renewable Energy Maintenance Services - Wind wave tidal and sub sea turbines
Diving Contractors - Diving services, safety boats, marine engineering, confined spaces
Crew Transfer Boats - Crew transfer vessels, material transportation
Commercial Divers - Underwater surveys, underwater construction maintenance and repair
UK Diving Services can supply rapid lightweight MCA (Maritime And Coastguard Agency) coded safety and rescue vessels to both the inshore and offshore sectors from small 3m inflatables to powerful offshore ribs and large multi-hull work and transfer boats.
As a leading U.K. supplier of safety boat cover we fully understand that not all locations where rescue boats and safety boat services are required have easy access.
However inconvenient the location or shallow the water UK Diving Services will provide an appropriate vessel and a safe means of access and egress as part of any safety boat cover plan.
All our vessels are CAT 6 and CAT 3 MCA coded with 24 hr working and come complete with qualified experienced skippers and crew and can be deployed to any destination at short notice.
UK Diving Services have storage facilities at strategic locations across the UK allowing us to provide rapid rescue and safety boat cover to any UK location at the most competitive prices.
UK Diving Services safety boat and rescue boat skippers are all experienced HSE commercial divers who have a sound understanding of any marine environment and operate to strict rescue boat codes of practice.
In addition all hold Boat Master License or equivalent including RYA power boat level 2 (with commercial endorsement) and safety boat skipper as minimum.
UK Diving Services are probably the best and most competitive safety boat operator providing safe well managed safety boat services in the UK.
Our rescue boat hire and safety boat services are available for the following activities:
Film & Broadcasting Works
UK Diving Services are fully aware of the needs of any filming crew and will manoeuvre our safety or camera boat to any position to get that perfect shot, safely and efficiently.
Our safety boats can second as crew transfer and camera boats for the purposes of filming movies, documentries, news broadcasts or series.
Our camera boat teams have extensive experience within the film and broadcasting industry and can be a real advantage to any film or broadcasting company before, during and after shooting.
Previous engagements include providing film boats for the making of Professor Steven Hawkins life story (filmed on the Thames), King Arthers Excalibur for Nat Geo, and access boats for live news events nationwide
We can deploy to any flood zone in the UK where inshore rescue boats and flood rescue personnel are required for the safe evacuation of civilians stranded within the flood zone.
UK Diving Services can offer rescue boats and trained medical crews to be within a flood zone at short notice.
Our flood response teams are trained to deal with any emergency situation.
Sporting Events And Record Attempts
Where sporting events are above or on water UK Diving Services can offer rapid rescue boat support in the event of any incident. All our safety boat personnel hold valid HSE first aid qualifications and are experienced to deal with any rescue emergencies.
Working On Or Near Water - Construction And Scaffolding Projects
UK Diving Services will provide rescue boat hire and safety boat services for any construction project where personnel are working on water. In some extreme cases we can have divers standing by in or under the water.
General Public And Water Environments
UK Diving Services will assist any public event where the general public are at risk because of the close proximity to any water environment.
Our safety boats for public events can be deployed at a moments notice to any location nationwide.
UK Diving Services can have standby teams in safety boats on the water or divers standing-by on land in the event of any emergency.
Commercial Diving And Marine Projects
We offer vessels and safety crews to any diving or marine project.
As a leading provider of marine rescue and safety boat services UK Diving Services are well placed to provide rapid safety boat cover whilst any bridge maintenance and construction works are being undertaken. We can arrange boat teams on standby for 24 hr periods should the need arise.
UK Diving Services can provide transport boat assistance to engineers and inspectors for safe, comfortable and easy access for any water bound inspection.
UK Diving Services provide specialist work boat hire and charters to all international locations.
Small and large work boats
Fast vessels complete with HIAB
Small jack -up barges
Flat bed barges with cranes
Marine Security Cover
Where a project is being undertaken on or near water UK Diving Services can protect your valuable assets with 24 Hr marine security cover. Our ex-military security personnel will advice on the level of threat and also on what decisive action should be taken if need be. We offer 24 Hr water patrols with fast light weight boats keeping any marine or waterside asset safe.
In addition we provide armed escorts and patrols for anti-piracy and security operations globally.
Please feel free to contact UK Diving Services for further details on our rescue boat hire or safety boat services. Alternatively for further information on our work boat hire, work boat services, safety boat hire and rescue boat services please visit our main Home page.
We provide safety boat services across the following regions and counties:
Dumfries and Galloway
Highlands and Islands
Please enjoy some pictures from over the years:
UK Diving Services have won a tender to inspect 4no x bridge structures on behalf Angus Council. The structures vary in design from modern steel to historic masonry brick arch construction. The assets cross both tidal and non tidal waterways with one being confined space entry.
UK DIVING SERVICES are credited on the CIHT 2019 safety award for innovation management and implementation of safety systems during diving and inspection procedures. The award holds its merit on diving and inspection works completed on the Menai Suspension Bridge as part of a joint venture with ATKINS GLOBAL
On inspection of a complex culvert system UK Diving Services confined space team discover extensive damage to a reinforced concrete invert due to scour followed by undermining. Our inspectors measured the voids underneath each area of concern and recommended urgent remedial works to prevent further damage threatening the integrity of the structure. All data was recorded in accordance with the Roads & Bridges Manual BD63/17 and BD 97/12 and a scope for remedial works implemented. UKDS is one of the UK's leading bridge inspection companies for investigation of underwater assets.
UK Diving Services Ltd recently undertook a series of underwater bridge surveys for a local Scottish council and found significant scour and undercut to one of the bridge piers. All data was recorded in accordance with the Roads & Bridges Manual BD63/17 and BD 97/12 and a scope for remedial works implemented.
UKDS have provided work boats and pontoons for urgent repair and maintenance works at Prudhoe Paper Mill. The recently refurbished sludge/pulp tank required water baffles to be adjusted to allow a more even flow over the circular perimeter of the tank. UKDS provided trained commercial divers and boat skippers to assist with the project which was completed ahead of time.
UK Diving Services Provide Underwater Inspection Services On The Menai Suspension Bridge -The Menai Strait
UKDS have recently been contracted by ATKINS engineering to provide underwater services on the Menai Bridge. The project included checking all submerged elements of the masonry stone piers checking for scour, structural damage or/and undermining to the structure. The region has very high tides making inspection windows very short and diving conditions demanding.
UK Diving Services Ltd have provided a complete under and above water model of Thrapston Nine Arches Bridge to determine if any structural damage or underwater scour is present. Our diving team and underwater surveyors scanned the structure over a period of 5 days. Deliverable's were laser and sonar data in .pts and .xyz files allowing viewing of a point cloud.
UK Diving Services Ltd have secured a diving survey of Lobnitz Dock on the tidal Clyde in Glasgow, Scotland. Our underwater surveyors are to provide detailed information on the dock walls and adjacent seabed. The wall inspection will include a 2D sonar sweep to identify targets showing areas of concern and better understand bed levels along the walls. Visibility is very limited within the Clyde tidal waterway and sonar is an excellent back up to any diving survey allowing engineers to better understand any scour or damage. All UK Diving Services surveys are backed with free complimentary 2D sonar imagery. 3D acoustic sonar is also available POA.
UK Diving Services Ltd are working with Kier WSP on behalf of Northamtonshire Highways providing diving services supported by hi resolution three dimensional sonar surveys on a nine arch masonry stone bridge. The 3D mapping data in .xyz format for point cloud will show undermining and scour holes within the structure and adjacent areas. The invert, piers and abutments are scanned by placing a transducer on a tripod as well as fixing to a vessel using gps.
UKDS dive services recently provided underwater surveys of an extensive pier and jetty structure. The surveys included the inspection of culverts along the river and sea walls within the tidal estuary,. Working with strong tides and limited tidal windows UKDS diving service compiled a detailed underwater principle inspection (UPI) of the structure for comparison to the previous underwater general inspection (UGI) some years earlier. As one of the UK's leading underwater bridge inspection companies our surveyors provide detailed underwater inspection of bridges, culverts, dams, piers, docks, moorings and any other submerged structural asset.
UK Diving Services Ltd have recently completed 4no x underwater principle inspections for Kier WSP on behalf of Northamtonshire Highways. The surveys from our dive service identified scouring and undermining to some of the upstream elements of the structure. Repairs included placing of underwater scour packs into voids beneath the masonry structure and placing scour protective rock up to adjacent bed levels. This is a typical example of how important dive services are when protecting underwater structural assets from scour and undermining
UKDS have recently undertaken a confined space entry beneath Hampton Court Palace in Surrey. The purpose of the survey was to determine the condition of the brick tudor structure and its lay. The structure was an old sewage outfall from and since demolished toilet block within the palace likely constructed around the reign of Henry 8th. Additionally a basic sonar scan was undertaken beneath the Jetty in front of the culvert to further peek into history. The overall condition of this 500 year old structure is a testament to the construction methods and materials used by the tudors.
UK Diving Services have successfully provided dive surveys to numerous bridge structures across Kent, Sussex, Surrey and Scotland. The surveys were to assess the condition of recent remedial works undertaken at each structure. Written reports were provided including detailed digital photography and video.
UK Diving Services Ltd recently undertook diving and sonar surveys on numerous underwater structures in Inverness in the Scottish Highlands, Scotland. The purpose of the inspection was to determine the extent of any scour if present. Due to the visual limitations in water using conventional video and still photography all our diving surveys are backed by underwater sonar giving stand off images for engineers to better understand the condition of their structures and to help implement remedial works. Sonar is now a complimentary service with all UK Diving Services underwater surveys.
For the third consecutive year UK Diving Services have provided underwater services on various Bridge assets throughout Scotland on behalf of Transport Scotland. UKDS provided a full underwater scour and condition surveys of many of the bridge structures and concluded that urgent repairs were required to several of the structures. Some of the bridge structures exhibited deeper channel piers where sea bed levels had dropped and the supporting Hercules piles had become exposed. Repairs were undertaken including concrete grouting and the placing of extensive rock armour. Rock is a good fundamental scour protection however by protecting one pier generally tends to pass the scour problem to the next adjacent unprotected pier. We have now introduced sonar backed diving surveys for monitoring a structure's scour protection.
UK Diving Services Ltd attended an emergency call out to a damaged ship. The vessel ran aground whilst entering Great Yarmouth causing the starboard prop to stall. On inspection from our underwater dive team in was concluded that the starboard rudder assembly was bent forward directly into the propeller blades causing extensive damage and jamming the propeller. Written damage report and video was submitted on conclusion of inspection
UK Diving Services Ltd have undertaken a full underwater sonar and diving inspection of the intake screens on behalf of Zenith for Scottish Power. The intake screens and forebay were at 12m depth and clear of debris. NDT inspection of the steel work was carried out. 2D sonar provides helpful underwater images to back any diving inspection or survey
UK Diving Services recently assisted PGL Travel with an inspection of a blocked sewage outfall which discharges into the river Tay in central Scotland. Our diving team provided a digital video survey of the submerged elements of the sewage pipe including the open discharge end and trash screen.
UK Diving Services Ltd have undertaken an internal inspection of of a decommissioned concrete sewage effluent pipe. the purpose of the survey was to understand the condition within the pipe to determine if the structure is structurally sound to support plant crossing the adjacent access road. The pipe was in a flooded state during inspection.
UKDS are currently contracted by the Greenhatch Group to assist with surveying Southmere Lake in London. The project is part of a larger scheme which includes the demolition of a large residential estate with a view to build next generation housing.
UK Diving Services recently completed a variety of principle bridge inspections on behalf of ATKINS engineering. The works included underwater inspection and sonar surveys of two large multiple arch bridges spanning the Ladybower reservoir. The structures were built during the second world war prior to damming and flooding of the valley and villages below. An interesting project that demanded extensive planning and skill due to the depth of the bridge piers which met bed level at 31m.
UK Diving Services re-visit Persley Bridge And Bridge Of Dee in Aberdeen to undertake point cloud 3D sonar and topographic surveys of the structures. The data was compared to previous surveys of the the structures to determine the extent of any scour or undercut to the bridge. Additionally dive surveys were undertaken to examine the condition of the structure piers and abutments. The project was co-ordinated on behalf of Bear Scotland and Transport Scotland
UK Diving Services have been contracted on behalf of CAPITA to provide a river wall condition survey to determine suitability prior to the construction of a new road to link to the new River Wear crossing. The new road bridge will be a two span cable stayed bridge with an A-frame pylon rising to 105m crossing the River Wear between Castletown and and Pallion. The new bridge will have two lanes of traffic in each direction, plus cycleways and footpaths along its full length. Our dive team inspected a variety of structures along the wall from concrete piers and sheet pile walls to areas of timber fenders and rock embankments.
UKDS are providing safety boat services in central London on the river Thames. Our 7.2m RIB is equipped with all the latest safety equipment required by the Port Of London Authority to operate a rescue boat on the tidal Thames. Last year UKDS operated a safety boat on behalf of Mackley at London Bridge whilst the new staircase was being fabricated and installed adjacent and over the waterway. During the 6 month operation our crews rescued 3 persons from the river Thames.
UKDS have secured a river wall inspection in Sunderland north east England. The survey involves underwater inspection of the tidal river wall over several hundred meters. Due to likely poor visibility within the area divers will be using tactile probing methods of inspection backed by 2d sonar images.
UKDS now offer hovercraft rental and hire services for cost effective, fast and safe transport for commercial operations nationwide. Applications include flood rescue, inter-tidal and near shore works, access, surveying, archaeology, sampling, mapping, environmental monitoring, crew transfer and mud rescue.
UK Diving Services have been awarded and undertaken 30 bridge inspections on behalf of SWECO and Glasgow County Council. The bridges include most of the roadway bridges on both the tidal and non tidal river Clyde. The inspections included underwater sonar and video recorded to BCI format.
UK Diving Services are currently working on the Thames Tideway project on the tidal river Thames at Battersea and London Gateway. We are providing a 7.5m Port of London Authority coded RIB for safety and rescue boat operations on and within the waterway estuary.
The Thames Tideway Tunnel is an under-construction 25 km (16 mi) tunnel running mostly under the tidal section of the River Thames through central London, which will provide capture, storage and conveyance of almost all the combined raw sewage and rainwater discharges that currently overflow into the river.
As an add-on to our conventional underwater diving inspections UK Diving Services Ltd now provide Hi-resolution 2D & 3D multi-beam sonar surveys to survey river beds, stone piers, concrete bag work, sheet pile walls, docks, moorings, scour holes and abutments etc. For further details please email us.
UK Diving Services Ltd recently provided bridge inspection services to Angus Council. Twelve bridges were surveyed to assess the extent of any scour/undercut to the structures and determine the bridges structural integrity
After severe flooding earlier this year UK Diving Services assisted with an urgent requirement to provide underwater surveys to several bridges on the river Dee and Don to assess their structural integrity. The surveys were completed on time successfully and written reports and video footage submitted. Other bridge inspections were also undertaken on smaller waterways including some confined space access
UK Diving Services are providing safety boat operations at London Bridge as part of the new London Bridge staircase project adjacent the tidal Thames.
During our time on site UK Diving Services have participated in several rescue operations for real persons in water in close proximity to the bridge......proving our rescue plan is effective during real life emergencies.
UK Diving Services win a confined space access contract with AECOM. Services include providing access to flooded culvets where diffrential pressure and other site specific hazards are present. The inspection will include cctv, UT readings and ndt.
This RIB has awesome sea keeping capabilities along with a substantial power delivery from its DF200HP Suzuki engine. This is a go anywhere RIB thats now available for RIB charter and hire in the UK. Call us today to hire this RIB with commercial skipper and crew. Click here to see the XS RIB in action as used by the police.
UK Diving Services Ltd have taken delivery of a new aluminium lifting barge to assist with our day to day diving and marine operations. The vessel comes complete with spud legs for extra stability for lifting heavier loads onto the large storage deck. The vessel is road transportable so can mobilise to any UK location at short notice. Lifting capabilities are up to 5 ton. Call our team for further information if you wish to hire or charter this pontoon lifting barge.
UK Diving Services Ltd are currently engaged in safety and rescue boat operations at London Bridge on the tidal Thames in London. We are providing safety support to operatives working above the waters edge whilst constructing and assembling platforms. Our safety boat is a PLA licensed vessel and we operate under local knowledge endorsement LKE
UK Diving Services Ltd recently undertook an inspection of a bridge with flooded box beams.The inspection involved surveying inside the chambers of the flooded box beams including the voids and diaphragms between them. CCTV footage was taken during the inspection.
UK Diving Services Ltd recently undertook a visual/condition survey of the 126m partially flooded Six Bells culvert in Abertillery, Wales. In addition to the visual inspection our confined space engineers took laser measurements to determine the line of the culvert/tunnel.
UK Diving Services Ltd provided the diving expertise to assist Commercial Boat Services with recovering a sunken Camper & Nicholson motor cruiser on the river Trent in Nottingham. Our 5 man HSE dive team attached 6no x 5ton IBU's to the the vessel whilst she was laying on the river bed at Holme lock. Once the motor cruiser was re-floated the team from CBS towed her to a local crane site where she was lifted to shore in one piece.
UK Diving Services Ltd provided diving and vessel support during a tide gauge replacement at Cromer for the National Oceanography Centre (NOC).
UK Diving Services Ltd provided safety boat services whilst operatives took core samples and screw pulls along Albert Embankment as part of the Thames Tideway Tunnel project. As part of any works on the tidal Thames where operatives are working on the foreshore the PLA (Port Of London Authority) require a safety boat to be in position in the event the tide were rise and cut off any person from safe egress. Other considerations are swells up to 1.2 m from passing vessels. Our team were security checked by the MET Police.
UK Diving Services recently provided a licensed rescue boat with qualified crew for safety boat operations whilst operatives were working over fast flowing water. Workmen assembled scaffold over a rail bridge spanning the river Lune at Arkholme in the Lake District. Rainfall and flow levels were monitored continuously to allow work to progress safely.
UK Diving Services Ltd deployed a commercial dive team to inspect the underside of HMS Gleaner whilst she was moored at Harwich. The ships commander was experiencing vibration at increased rpm. Our diver found and removed nylon netting from the starboard propeller and prop shaft solving the technical issue.
UK Diving Services Ltd have recently received instruction to undertake several underwater bridge inspections in West London. The WSP Group
contracted UK Diving Services to provide detailed underwater inspection services on behalf of their client. Our services included providing soundings as well as scour and structural assessments.
UK Diving Services Ltd have provided dive support for a salvage vessel in the North Sea. UK Diving Services Ltd were contracted by Boskalis Westminster to assist with a possible slipped anchor
On the 22nd July 2013 UK Diving Services Ltd were contacted to assist with locating a missing pilot presumed lost at sea when his Cirrus aircraft crashed into the English Channel less than 24 hrs earlier. Rescue efforts were called off by the Coastguard and RNLI after wreckage was found off the Dungeness coast.
UK Diving Services Ltd liaised with the RNLI who provided us with the times and co-ordinates of the area where the floating wreckage was last found. Because the exact impact zone was unknown and the depths of water were beyond practical air diving limits it was necessary to locate the aircraft using sonar and ROV's. The search pattern information we obtained was passed to the sonar and ROV team who used the information to help locate the aircraft.
The underwater rescue team found the wreckage.
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UK Diving Services Ltd were contracted in to provide rescue and safety boat services for operatives working in shallow water underneath a rail bridge in Yorkshire. In addition our company provided floating platforms and work boats to assist with the essential bridge maintenance. The scaffold was erected and dismantled one arch at a time so not to overload the weak bridge.
UK Diving Services Ltd were recently contracted in by Prodem Ltd for a striking of a scaffold next to the Limehouse Cut in east London. Our safety boat team provided rescue and safety boat services at the east London location whilst operatives worked near the waters edge.
UK Diving Services Ltd were contracted in today to Southampton docks by Carnival UK to remove a mooring line sucked into a bow thruster of the cruise ship Queen Victoria. On arrival at port side 5 hrs prior to the ships scheduled departure our dive team were made aware of a mooring rope snagged to the underside of the forward section of the ships hull. On investigation it was found the line had been pulled into the thruster duct. Our diver removed the line within a couple of hours and the vessel sailed as scheduled
Due to the success of our last recovery operation at Harwich UK Diving Services were contracted in again to replace a series of underwater sensors for the survey company EGS Surveys
Our dive team removed 4 hydro-graphic sensors from beneath the vessel at the stern of the ship and replaced them with higher specification models.