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Haskel Europe, based in Sunderland, supplies equipment for Royal Navy divers
A NORTH-EAST firm, whose specialist equipment helps Royal Navy divers sweep the UK coastline for unexploded mines, says it wants to extend its services with the Ministry of Defence (MoD).
Haskel Europe makes high pressure pumps and valves and supplies oxygen systems that charge cylinders in divers' breathing apparatus, prolonging their time underwater.
The Sunderland-based company has an annual £200,000 deal to clean, service, and maintain oxygen boosters for the MoD.
Its equipment was used by divers to dispose of a massive live Second World War German mine off the Dorset coast, which was spotted by the Navy's minehunter HMS Ledbury.
The firm employs 62 workers at its Wearside headquarters and has worked with the Royal Navy for more than 20 years, with ships and naval bases carrying its diving apparatus.
Simon Calvert, Haskel Europe’s export manager, said the company brings Navy equipment back to its base every 30 months to carry out refurbishment work, and said that agreement offered the chance to provide further services.
He said: “It has been an evolution of production and it continues to develop, and we are looking to grow our relationship with the MoD to supply them with other equipment.
“The Royal Navy has a fleet of minehunting vessels that ensure the sea ways are clear of mines and ordnance, which includes both home and foreign waters, and the minehunter class finds all sorts, such as Second World War mines off Portsmouth, to mines in the Persian Gulf.”
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