A company based in Shetland has been commissioned to undertake what is assumed to be the first underwater welding project of its kind within the Antarctic Cirlce.
Ocean Kinetics, collaborating with civil engineering firm Arch Henderson, will commence work for the British Antarctic Servey in February 2015.
Divers and welders will carry out a temporary repair to a damaged quay – thought to have been hit by an iceberg at the Rothera Research Station, which undertakes scientific research and maintains the station infrastructure.
According to Ocean Kinetics Marine Projects Director, Michael Fox, “This is an exciting project for both companies and we think we might be the first UK company to carry out underwater welding within the Antarctic Circle”.
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