A world-leading subsea coaching facility within the Highlands has been pressured into administration, putting nearly 50 jobs in danger.
The Underwater Centre in Fort William made the choice after entering into monetary difficulties on account of “market forces”.
It is one in all solely two locations globally which offer closed bell diving coaching, however many companies haven’t been placing workers by way of the course in recent times.
Managing director David McGhie mentioned: “We remorse to substantiate that the Underwater Centre has been pressured to stop buying and selling and will likely be positioned into administration.
“It was heart-breaking informing our dedicated, loyal workers.
“Government, trade and the native administration crew have been working laborious over the previous 12 months to try to discover a sustainable resolution for the Centre. Unfortunately this has not been doable.
“The technique of appointing directors is on-going.”
The centre is especially utilized by the oil and gasoline trade, nonetheless it is usually utilized by others for coaching.
If the administration course of leads to its closure, individuals who need to bear a closed bell diving course must journey to France.
The coaching permits divers – whereas inside a lockout bell – to succeed in depths better than 70 metres whereas respiration mixtures apart from air.
Pressure from the decline within the offshore sector has been cited as the primary motive for locating itself in monetary problem.
Earlier this 12 months, the centre moved from non-public possession to turn out to be a not-for-profit organisation in a bid to draw public and enterprise funding, which has proved unsuccessful.
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It at present employs 48 individuals.
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