One of the main tasks of Special Diving Services Holland is detecting conventional explosives (also called UXO or unexploded ordnance) below the waterline. Because of the unique collaboration between REASEuro and SDS Holland, we have closed the gap between being dependant or being independant at the scene.
UXO detection and clearance
During WWI and WWII, a multitude of conventional explosives were 'left behind' in our soil. Given that the Netherlands for a large part consists of water, it is not surprising that a large portion of these explosives are also found in rivers, canals, waterways, etc. When working in an environment in which it is likely to find conventional explosives, we can perform various activities to reduce the risk of encountering them to a minimum.
According to the 'WSCS-OCE', the Dutch industry specific certification scheme for detecting conventional explosives, divers who perform detection of UXO's, have to be in possession of an 'OCE'-certification as an expert. Besides the diver who is busy underwater, the present reserve diver in the team also has to have this certification.
The dive team above water is assisted by a Senior OCE-expert. The senior is leading regarding the OCE work.
SDS Holland has within its ranks a number of divers who are certified as OCE-expert and some divers with an assistant OCE-expert certification.