Photo: Kustbevakningen


Core partnership

The Swedish Coast Guard (SWCG) is the Lead Partner and has about 70 divers. The project will be administered and coordinated by the Coast Guard Headquarters. The SWCG has an established network of diving competences within Sweden, from both public and private enterprises. The SWCG has a significantly larger budget than the other partners since it will shoulder the major expenses for the project by taking on the entire budget for external project management (practical and financial), the ICT tool and the investments in the produced transportable modules.

The Finnish Border Guard has approximately 80 divers connected to the agency, and a national network consisting of 500 divers in total.

The Maritime Office in Gdynia and the Polish Naval Academy have a diving school and coordinate training for professional divers. There is also a naval medical research centre. There are approximately 600 divers in The network of divers associated with the diving school.

The Swedish Armed forces has approximately 230 divers, and it also the national diving certification body in Sweden. There is a new naval medical research centre connected to the diving school.

URSUK, a Finnish company that produces diving equipment, is now developing an emergency bailout suit for the Finnish Border Guard. The company will develop materials for contaminated water, quick bailout and arctic diving conditions.

Cold Cut Systems is a Swedish -based company that specialises in water/sand cutting equipment that is safer to use than a live flame under water. The cutting equipment is used to penetrate the hulls of vessels. - The Professional Diving School of Gothenburg, YRGO, educates all professional diving capacities, including construction divers.

Associated partners

The Royal Danish Naval Diving Centre (RNDNC) was informed during the application process that due to federal legislation, no portion of the Danish defence system is permitted to receive or be dependent on EU-funding. Therefore the RDNDC will still participate as a partner but without an EU-funded budget. the project expenditure will be included in the organisation's own budget. The RDNDC consists of divers, a diving school and medical expertise. The organisation's network includes approximately 600 national divers.

The German Landeswasserschutzpolizeiamt, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern water police are actively involved in efforts to map out competences and to create a database. They will follow the output of two other work groups.

We have made an effort to find partners in the Baltic States, and have contacted three Estonian institutions/governmental Departments and the Baltic Diving School (Latvia). Even though the Baltic Diving School is not a partner, we will keep it informed of the project's activities with the hope the school will take part in some of them. We are also in contact with the Bundespolizeiakademie, which is responsible for training state police divers in Germany.