Unique Hydra, a Unique Maritime Group (UMG) company which is one of the world’s leading integrated turnkey subsea and offshore solution providers has recently signed an agreement with In Situ Site Investigations (In Situ) based in Battle East Sussex, United Kingdom to offer rental Cone Penetration Testing (CPT) equipment and operators in the African subcontinent.
Based in Cape Town (South Africa), Unique Hydra is a leading provider of subsea rental equipment in Africa and a manufacturer of world class dive solutions. The product and service range includes design and manufacture of air, mixed gas & saturation diving equipment, marine winches, certified man-rider winches and specialized subsea rigging equipment among many others .Their experience has given UMG a leading edge in obtaining contracts involving the design, production, supply and maintenance of its specialized equipment.
In Situ Site Investigation is a specialist geotechnical and geo-environmental site investigation company, which specialises in the use of Cone Penetration Testing (CPT) techniques and other related pushing technologies.
CPT is a commonly used In Situ testing method which is used to determine the geotechnical engineering properties of soils and assessing subsurface stratigraphy. Increased accuracy, speed of deployment, more continuous soil profile and reduced cost over other soil testing methods make CPT testing an attractive option while undertaking geotechnical investigations.
CPT equipments available will include marine systems, both near shore (<40m) and offshore (>40m) as well as a fully fitted out land based CPT truck.
Darren Ward, Director at In Situ expressed his excitement about the agreement and the opportunity to bring this cost effective, practical solution to the African market. He commented, “Our agreement with Unique Hydra will give us a great opportunity to further develop the In Situ techniques at site investigations in Africa. I feel our companies share similar ethos and jointly we will be able to provide high quality and cost-effective services.”
Mike Jessop, Managing Director at Unique Hydra added, “With the continued growth in our rental business, we have seen a great demand for CPT requirements and to have a partnership with In Situ will provide our clients with a high quality solution.”
Press Release, July 3, 2013; Image: In Situ