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Thames Safety Boat Services

Safety boat operator on the Thames tidal waterway. Our rescue and safety boats operate across all category waters of the tidal Thames from the estuary to the Thames navigation.

Our safety boats are licensed under the PLA - Port Of London Authority and are skippered by some of the most skilled and experienced marine personnel on the Thames. Our skippers include current serving and ex Thames river boat firemen, commercial divers and RNLI. Contact us today for a competitive quote.

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Values And Principles Of A Leading Underwater Services Company


Our clients voice will be made heard throughout our company.We will focus all of our energy towards satisfying the needs of our customers in an efficient and effective manner.


Skilled Staff

Our highly skilled and experienced staff are our most valued asset. It is the work of our trained employees that is the hub of our business. We will involve staff on all levels in the continuous improvement of our quality services.


Health And Safety

The Health and Safety Policy of UK Diving Services is to undertake everything reasonably practicable to prevent injury and ill health to all employees and others affected by our operations.



We recognize that we all share this Earth and thus UK Diving Services is committed to using environmentally safe (green) products, recycling and energy conserving equipment whenever possible. UK Diving Services is fully committed to researching new procedures, chemicals and products that will add weight and move our environmental mission forward.


Equipment, Methods & Supplies

We will use the best available engineering, construction, cleaning and finishing supplies, equipment and methods. New products and ideas will be incorporated on a continuous basis to help maximize the value of the services to our clients.



 We promise to do what we say.

We promise stand by all of our work.

We promise not  to compromise our commitment to:

The environment

The ethical conduct of our business

The policies and rules our clients have in place at any work site.

UK Law

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UKDS Credited With Chartered Institution of Highways & Transportation Award

UK Diving Services have been credited with the CIHT safety award 2019 for implementation of safety systems and procedures during inspection diving operations on the Menai Strait Suspension Bridge. Congratulations Team!


Underwater Inspection Of Bridge Structures In Scotland

Our specialist diving services has recently provided numerous underwater surveys on several bridge structures within Scotland. The surveys included scour investigation and structural damage inspection of masonry stone and concrete bridge structures and culverts. Various structures exhibited undermining of the pier and abutment walls and recommendations for urgent repair remedial works including grouting and grout bags as well as rock armour rip rap placement.

Our Underwater Surveyors Survey A Nine Arch Masonry Bridge Structure With 3D Sonar

Our dive service supported by 3D sonar as pictured below is an advanced sonar imagery system allowing engineers to use an accurate working model in CAD as a point cloud .xyz file. The acoustic sonar produces high resolution images where underwater voids, undermining, scour and structural section loss can be identified in zero visibility water conditions

Scour Protection As Part Of Bridge Repair Programme

Our dive service recently provided a full principle inspection of a seven span masonry stone arch bridge. The report concluded scour present and immediate remedial works were undertaken by placing of scour pack grout filled bags and raising the river bed with granite rock armour scour protection.



Northamptonshire Council Engage Our Diving Services For Principle Bridge Inspections

Our inspection diving teams have been engaged by Northamptonshire council for the purpose of surveying several multi-arch stone bridge structures. The scope of works includes both GI and PI inspections including the placing of scour protection and pointing as part of the specified remedial works.

Diving Surveyors Provide Dive Surveys On Bridge And Marine Structures Nationwide

Our dive teams have recently undertaken numerous underwater video and sonar surveys on structures across the UK on behalf of Transport Scotland and the MOD. The structures varied from Bridges, Jetties, docks, moorings and river walls.

UKDS Contracted To Atkins On Behalf Of Severn Trent Water

UK Diving Services have been commissioned by ATKINS to undertake numerous bridge inspections and sonar surveys on behalf of Severn Trent Water. The inspections include a variety of structures and bridges spanning small stream like waterways to large muti-span structures spanning 30 meter deep reservoirs. The works include diving and confined space access to flooded bearing chambers as part of principle inspections of both the submerged and exposed components of the bridge structures

UK Diving Services Deliver Principle Bridge Inspections For Angus Council

Once again Angus council have contracted UK Diving Services as their primary choice to undertake their culvert and bridge inspections. The surveys included multiple small stone arched bridges to box culvert structures. Full HSE dive teams were utilised to inspect the below water elements of each structure as per scope of works

Thames Safety Boat Services By UK Diving Services

UKDS are providing safety boat hire services on the tidal river Thames. Our safety boats are licensed under the PLA and offer rapid rescue support to contractors working over, on or near the water. All our crews are experienced skippers with backgrounds from the military and emergency services.

UKDS Now Provide Hovercraft Rescue Safety And Access Services

Our hovercraft are commercial spec and covered under the hovercraft code of practice. We offer hovercraft hire and rental services to companies and contractors seeking to charter safe alternatives to conventional work vessels.

Our hovercraft provide rapid support to work crews and operatives working in areas where tidal water levels drop and pose a risk due to soft mud or sudden flooding. We can also provide support on fast flowing rivers where conventional safety boats cannot operate.

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London Bridge Inspections

UK Diving Services are providing dive support and underwater inspection services for several bridge inspections across the capital. Our teams are providing detailed surveys to the submerged elements of the structures including infrared underwater digital CCTV footage.


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UKDS Provide Dive Support To Clacton Sea Defences

UKDS have been contracted in to assist with the Clacton Sea Defence Project. UKDS are working closely with Boskallis Westminster 

Operations include slinging and recovering rocks, checking anchor moorings and general dive assistance.

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Titanium Work With UK Diving Services To Find Missing Aircraft In The Engish Channel

On the 22nd July 2013 Titanium UK were contacted to assist with locating a missing pilot presumed lost at sea when his Cirrus aircraft crashed into the English Channel less than 24 hrs earlier. Rescue efforts were called off by the Coastguard and RNLI after wreckage was found off the Dungeness coa…

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Rescue And Safety Boat Operation On The River Aire In Leeds

Titanium UK were contracted in to provide safety and rescue boat services for Pyeroy whilst erecting scaffold under bridges for Amco Rail

 The Operation was for the duration of both the erection and striking of scaffold across several channels on a  number of  rail bridges spanning the river Aire i…

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Damaged Propeller Inspection At Immingham Docks

Titanium (UK) Ltd provided an underwater propeller survey for the ocean vessel Siddis Mariner at Immingham Dock. The vessel's prop struck an ROV whilst offshore. Our dive team provided a visual inspection and a conclusive report.



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Titanium Provide Survey And Safety Boat For Barhale Construction On The River Thames

Titanium UK have  been commissioned to provide standby rescue boats for Barhale on the tidal Thames Upper Reach during core drilling operations on the fore shore at low tide. In addition we are  providing survey boat hire for surveyors to take GPS readings of the inspection site. Our teams are resp…

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Flood Surveys And Survey Boats

Titanium UK Ltd provide survey boats and vessels for hydro graphic surveys and river bed mapping. We have provided survey boat hire services for river bed mapping and scour surveys on behalf of the UK's major rail networks at many UK locations

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Underwater Welding Of Lock Gate Stop Log Seals At Bardney Lock

Titanium UK Ltd provided underwater welding services at Bardney lock for the underwater welding of a steel plate to the lock chamber wall

Lowestoft IWS Of North Sea Supply Vessel

Titanium UK Ltd were recently involved in the IWS to ABS of the North Sea supply vessel MV North Truck. Our team of ships hull inspection divers inspected the integrity of the welds below the water line on the ships hull. All diving was undertaken in the presence of an official ABS surveyor.

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Safety Boat Operations On Tidal Thames

Titanium UK Ltd have secured an on going contract providing safety boat cover for operatives inspecting and coring the river walls and structures on the tidal Thames in London

River Thames Underwater Bridge Inspections

Titanium UK Ltd are working closely with Transport For London for up and coming London bridge inspections within the capital

River Medway Contract

Titanium UK Ltd secure river Medway contract with CCL (GB) Ltd. Titanium UK are providing licensed safety boat hire services for operatives inspecting the bridge bearings under Rochester Bridge. Our rescue boats were on continuous standby whilst the engineers were at risk working close to the pier e…

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