Roland Salerno Commercial Diver 2nd Class Salvage Owner, Acquired his first diving certification in 1975 from ASES "Jules Rossi" (CMAS) being chosen in 1976 to become an assistant diving instructor. In 1977 obtained a 3rd Class Salvage Diver license and participated along with the Argentine Coast Guard in the first attempt to raise the 180' Greek fishing vessel M/V "Kouturiaris" that caught fire offshore and was towed in to Puerto Madryn Argentina sinking on his port side about 100 meters from the main pier.
Between 1978 and 1980 proceeded to Punta del Este Uruguay where he performed underwater inspection for the diving company Rescate SRL
After upgrading his commercial diving certification obtained a 2nd Class Salvage Diver license and moving to Lima Peru became the Supervisor and Master Diver for Grimar SRL a Peruvian commercial diving company dedicated to the hull cleaning of foreign fishing fleets moored offshore at the Callao Harbor. In addition while working for Suboceanica performed several salvage diving jobs including the successful retrieval of a 70 Tons crane sunk in the Mantaro River at the Tablachaca Dam for Grana & Montero contractors for Electroperu.
From 1982 until 1984 in a joint ventures Suboceanica and Rescate SRL were hired to salvage a sunken fishing trawler at the port of Paita, Peru a casualty of the 1982 tsunami that hit the Northern Coast of Peru. At the same time had the opportunity to participate in several other salvage operations in the Ucayali, Maranon and Amazon rivers where many barges sank, ferrying supplies and spare parts for the petroleum companies dedicated to the drilling and oil exploration.
In the period of 1988-1989 The Diver Underwater Maintenance started diving operations in Fort Lauderdale Florida until today.
In more than 30 years we have acquired the expertise and the knowledge to provide premium diving services for the marine industry and the yachting community.
The City of Fort Lauderdale through the Supervisor of Marine Facilities hired us for a complete sea floor survey of the SW offshore mooring buoys off the Las Olas Municipal Marina at the I.C.W.
In 1995 what was then the Portside Marina Marriott (now the Hilton Fort Lauderdale Marina) had The Diver UWM perform a very extensive underwater digital survey of the Portside Marina Marriott 50' out from the original seawall at the Stranahan River (I.C.W) from the SE 15th Street canal down South to the 17th Street Causeway bridge. This job was performed prior to the upgrade of the face dock of this famous hotel.
Motor yachts like the 316' Lursen M/Y "Limitless" hired The Diver UWM for the repair of the keel depth sounder sonar dome transducer and later the repair of the retractable stern thruster that was jammed during a docking maneuver.
Another Lursen the 238' M/Y "Coral Island" had The Diver UWM clean the bottom of this large motor yacht several times during their winter stays during the 90' at the then Marina Motor Inn and Port Everglades.
We have been servicing the 187' Brook's M/Y "Chamar" now M/Y "Bad Girl" since 1996 until last year when it changed ownership. This vessel has KAMEWA Rolls Royce jet propulsion systems installed and we have cleaned the jet intakes, checked tip of impeller clearance against the jet tunnel for peak performance. Replaced KAMEWA jet type galvanic zinc anodes inside the jet intake and repaired the port side trim tab prior to a North Atlantic crossing to the Mediterranean.
We have a long list of of jet driven vessels that have used our expertise and state of the art equipment and underwater LED lights and submersible torches to perform this precise and delicate underwater job including: 170' Swedeship M/Y Braveheart" (Ex M/Y Jefferson Beach") the 132' Heesen M/Y "Mirage" and the 169' Oceanfast M/Y "Mystique" at Derecktor of Florida Shipyard.
Large sailing vessels and racing catamarans and trimarans have called us to perform detailed bottom cleaning jobs requiring the use of cotton diapers in order to prevent the removal of Teflon bottom coatings specially made for ocean racing like the 160' Alloy Yachts S/Y "Georgia", the 112' Wally Ketch "Walligator" and the Transatlantic 60' racing Trimaran "Nuku Hiva" for ATN Inc. sailing systems.
Finally Lauderdale Marine Center the largest boat and shipyard in Fort Lauderdale has been using our diving services since it's opening assisting in the setting of all strap slings on the 75 Tons, 100 Tons and 300 Tons travel lifts at the time of hauling out vessels for drydock and repairs. Derecktor of Florida employs our expertise for bottom cleaning and KAMEWA Rolls Royce jet underwater calibration.
The Diver UWM has created a customized management structure to insure that the quality and performance of our divers is never compromised, resulting on superb service. Try us and see the difference of having your job tailored to your needs.
The Diver UWM is fully licensed in the State of Florida, Broward County, City of Fort Lauderdale which we have as additionally insured. We currently have access to Port Everglades secure docks.