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:
Our dive teams recently provided underwater support to Scotland's highways and infrastructure. UK Diving Services were contracted by Amey to provide sonar, topographical surveys and river bed profiling following severe flooding which closed the northbound carriageway of the A90 at Finovan, Scotland. The water levels were extremely high with fast flowing water threatening the integrity of the structure and making progress difficult. Scour investigations were provided along with structural evaluations of the bridge primary components such as abutments and piers etc. Water levels were above the steel deck beam pictured at the upper left of the picture!
UK Diving Services Ltd have provided underwater services and support on Skye Bridge in Scotland on behalf of Transport Scotland.
The underwater inspection included sea bed profiling and an underwater condition assessment of the submerged concrete caissons. All observations and findings were recorded with comparisons being drawn to the previous underwater survey of 2015 which was also provided by UKDS.
UK Diving Services have provided underwater support services to AECOM infrastructure and engineering company. The purpose of the works was to determine the underwater condition of the concrete structure and better understand the river bed profile including locating any scour holes or undercut and or undermining from scouring issues. Any scour protection measures were to be recorded using digital 2D sonar imagery in nearly zero visibility murky silty water.
A UK wide infrastructure company required a detailed visual inspection of their bridge assets to ensure the structural integrity of each underwater structure. UK Diving Services Ltd provided an inspection program including an assessment of every detail of the submerged structures making sure the bridges would be safe for continued use by the general public. Many of the surrounding localised areas were considered as environmentally sensative and strict environmental controls and protocols were implemented in line with our environmental policy.
The scope of our work included developing a project plan and safety program including field inspections and detailed written reports, Additionally much of the scope included recommending maintenance and or remedial repairs, recording video and photographic images. From the conclusive evidence UKDS provided rehabilitation or replacement options with associated cost estimates and options for developing technical and executive reports summarizing the findings. Our bridge surveyors and inspection teams developed carbon friendly access routes and scheduling systems that enabled efficient completion of the work. The bridge inspections were complied inline with BD 97/12 THE ASSESSMENT OF SCOUR AND OTHER HYDRAULIC ACTIONS AT HIGHWAY STRUCTURES for bridges, culverts and water management structures.
UK Diving Services Ltd ensured state government owned infrastructure remains safe allowing the bridges to continue to be a vital link within the communities they serve.
UK Diving Services Secure Underwater Inspection Of Various Bridge Structures Within Environmental Sensitive Areas
UKDS have secured several bridge inspections within the Scottish Borders contracted to Stantec UK. The surveys include underwater inspections of the submerged structural elements to determine scour and or undermining as well as better understanding of the structural integrity of the bridge piers, abutments and river beds.
Our surveyors, engineers and environmental experts once again provide the groundwork for UK infrastructure with sustainability focused goals and environmental science woven into all our projects.
UK Diving Services Ltd have provided a detailed inspection and seabed survey of Mound Sluices in Scotland. The inspection included seabed sampling and underwater sonar imagery to determine areas of bedrock surrounding the downstream area of the flap valve structure. The survey also included aerial drone footage shot in 4K video at varying states of the tidal cycle. Underwater ROV with sonar capability was utilised.
Aerial image showing direction and location of underwater sonar tracks
UK Diving Services have provided an underwater 3D sonar investigation of an historic masonry arch bridge structure on behalf of WSP and Kier. The sonar survey comprised of 56no x 360 degree individual scans knitted together to form an accurate underwater point cloud image of where the bridge interface's with the riverbed. The underwater sonar images were knitted with surface laser scanning data to provide a complete data package of the entire both above and below water structure. A detailed topographical survey was also recorded.
UK Diving Services have provided detailed underwater bridge surveys on behalf of AECOM. The inspections have ranged from small non tidal structures to larger marine structures adjacent tidal waterways. The underwater structural inspections were carried out by CSWIP qualified divers providing detailed written reports on the sub sea findings
Our new sonar technology uses live sonar imagery to find underwater sunken vehicles, vessels and many other lost assets. The sonar system allows constant monitoring of any underwater object from any angle and depth. This unique system provides high resolution sonar video with exceptional detail and accuracy for later viewing. The sonar is perfect for viewing fixed structures where the water quality and visibility is poor allowing for a comprehensive visual understanding of what is happening beneath the water surface. The sonar scans assets such as bridges and culverts, dock walls and pilings, piles and sheet pile walls, pontoons, aqueducts and viaducts. Deliverables are in the form of a video file and can be linked to GPS.
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.