A SHETLAND marine engineering firm has been recognised for the quality of its welding.
Ocean Kinetics is the first company in the isles, and one of only a few in Scotland, to achieve the internationally-recognised assurance accreditation EN ISO 3834-2.
The award means that the Lerwick based fabricator immediately joins a highly select group of companies that have global listings with both the International Institute of Welding and the European Welding Federation.
Managing director John Henderson said he was delighted: “It has taken months and months of hard work for us to reach this level but we are sure that it will pay dividends for us.
“Very few companies in Scotland have EN ISO 3834-2, and already we are getting inquiries from the oil and marine industries in the UK and abroad.”
The accreditation follows Ocean Kinetics’ £3 million investment in a new 3,600m² custom-built manufacturing facility in Lerwick, which opened a year ago.
The company also embarked on a programme 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.
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.”
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 Jordanian shipping port of Aqaba, and the harbour at Great Yarmouth.
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