A TEAM of local commercial divers from Al-Hadid Marine Services Sdn Bhd, led by its Managing Director, Dk Reda Farizah Ismail, recently assisted in the unloading of three new tugboats from their mother vessel at the Muara Port.
According to Dk Reda, the core business of her company is commercial diving services, mainly for the oil and gas industry as well as the shipping industry.
Commercial diving is different from scuba diving which is recreational and is conducted in shallow waters.
Commercial diving is a more skilled profession where each diver must be accredited to an internationally-recognised marine authority such as the International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA). The equipment used are also more elaborate and specialised than for recreational purposes.
Currently Brunei Darussalam has about 25 local air-divers who are accredited by IMCA. A few more are expected to graduate to the level of Air Diving Supervisor in the near future. Most of them have invested personally to undergo the required training programme at the IMCA-approved institution, Australian Divers Accreditation Scheme (ADAS) in Australia.
Dk Reda said, “Alhamdulillah, the unloading job went smoothly. I am thankful for the cooperation rendered to us by the relevant authorities such as the Marine Department, Ports Department, Marine Police of the Royal Brunei Police Force and the Royal Brunei Navy of the Royal Brunei Armed Forces.”