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New TWI/Mermaid diver inspection facilities open in Thailand

Connect, no. 142, May/June 2006, p.8

New TWI/Mermaid diver inspection facilities opened in Thailand on 29 May 2006.

In February 2006, TWI and Mermaid Maritime ran a pilot CSWIP 3.1U - NDT Inspection Diver training course and exam for five divers in the newly built facilities at Chonburi in Thailand. This means that, in addition to Middlesbrough, divers can do their training and follow up with an exam at the same venue.

The facilities are impressive and consist of two structures, one for training and a smaller one for the exam, in the large tank. It is intended that they will soon begin to run 3.2U - NDT Inspection Diver courses as well, having already run 3.3U - ROV Inspector and 3.4U - Underwater Inspection Controller courses there for some time.

On the same site Mermaid also runs marine safety and offshore survival courses. This is an excellent partnership between Mermaid, a rapidly expanding diving contractor, employing over 100 divers, and the British-based TWI.

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