Underwater welding specialists Ocean Kinetics have been recognised with the award of a quality mark held by only a handful of companies in the sector.
The fabricator, based in Shetland and Aberdeen, has achieved the internationally-recognised assurance accreditation EN ISO 3834-2.
The award means Ocean Kinetics immediately joins a highly select group of fabricators which have global listings with both the International Institute of Welding and the European Welding Federation.
“We were delighted to receive this accreditation for the quality of our welding,” said Ocean Kinetics managing director John Henderson.
“It has taken many months of hard work for us to reach this level but we are sure that it will pay dividends for us.”
“Very few companies have achieved EN ISO 3834-2 accreditation for quality in welding and fabrication. We are already getting increased enquiries from the oil and marine industries in the UK and abroad.”
The accreditation follows the company’s £3m investment in a new 3,600m² custom-built manufacturing facility in Lerwick, as well as a program of improving welding quality through the qualification of welders and inspectors, the development of new welding procedures and the introduction of a computerised Engineering Management System.
Months of rigorous operation of the control procedures lead to a final audit and the issuing of a certificate of compliance by UK verification body The Welding Institute (TWI).
Recent Ocean Kinetics projects have included fabrications for North Sea oil installations, fish processing and handling systems for the UK pelagic fleet and cathodic protection and inspection activities for the shipping port in Aqaba, Jordan, and the harbour at Great Yarmouth, Norfolk.
Mr Henderson added: “Clients are actively seeking higher levels of quality and assurance for their work and this can be demonstrated through EN ISO 3834-2 accreditation.”
Ocean Kinetics is also accredited to ISO 9001, OHSAS 18001 & ISO 14001 and is certified under both the Oil Industry FPAL & UVDB schemes.