Juettner says his company uses current profilers to measure tides, calling
the technology a “great tool” that helps
plan and execute dives safely and effectively.
And inside every plan for a Cook Inlet dive, he says, there are probably five
”You’ve got to be able to adapt to
what’s going on,” he says. “The planning
Dive operations break down when
crews try to accomplish more than time
allows or there’s a breakdown in com-
munication, so Global relies on a wire-
less communication system and highly
trained staff to support operations in
Like many companies that support
Alaska’s sprawling oil and gas industry,
though, Global Diving & Salvage offers
a variety of services—not just diving.
About half of the company’s work
involves a diving component, Juettner
says, but there’s plenty of work to be
done above the water.
The company’s three main lines of service encompass offshore work, marine
construction, and casualty response.
The type of work associated with casualty response covers a particularly
broad spectrum, Juettner says. Usually
it becomes necessary when something
goes wrong—something unexpected or
not according to plan.
The job can be as simple as a container ship or other vessel getting a
line caught in a wheel, or it could be a
beached vessel with a need to mitigate
pollution or even a roadside spill. In
fact, while Global is often branded as a
diving company, Juettner says, the work
it does involves much more than that.
The company’s employees bring a variety of skill sets to the table.
“Global prides itself on having personnel who are very well rounded,”
“There are architects, because before
you take a boat off the beach you’ll have
to know how it’ll react,” he says. One
employee was formerly an officer in
the US Coast Guard and brings strong
connections and organizational un-
derstanding to the work Global does.
Juettner says the company also has peo-
ple who used to work for towing com-
panies, bringing a broad knowledge of
vessels to their current jobs.
All told, the company’s Alaska office
currently employs about twenty-two full-time employees. During the busy summer
months, Juettner says, the company can
see its staff size double. That’s where Global’s nationwide reach comes into play: The
dive operations manager says his office is
able to pull from a highly qualified pool
of Global employees in order to meet the
demand for work in Alaska.
A lot of the company’s work happens
in the summer. Things typically start
rolling in February, Juettner says, and
Global usually sees the highest volume of
work June through September. July and
August are peak months, and “things get
pretty quiet” in the December-January
timeframe, he says. Like nearly everything else related to Alaska’s oil and gas
industry, much depends on the weather.
“Everything in Alaska is built around
a season,” Juettner says. “You’re either
rushing to get ready for the next season
or wrapping up the current season.” R
Kirsten Swann is a freelance
journalist based in Anchorage.