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Incat Crowther Designs Dive Support Vessel Trio

Photo: Incat Crowther

Incat Crowther has been contracted to design a trio of 42.5m Monohull Dive Support Vessels. The design is an innovative new concept borne of the latest ideas from designer, builder and operator. The design has been developed from stem to stern to be a dedicated DP-2 capable Dive Support Vessel, featuring fully integrated ROV launch and recovery, dive compressors and decompression chamber. The vessels, currently under construction at SeaSafe Barcos Manufaturados, in Angra do Reis, Brazil, will be delivered to Sistac. The first of the three vessels, to be named Sistac Vitória, is due to be delivered in the first quarter of 2014. The aft deck will feature a large working deck, which will house the ROV crane and reel, a pair of dive platforms and two deck cranes. Inside the main deck house are functional areas such as toilets and showers, dive shop (housing compressors and decompression chamber) and ROV shop. Forward of these spaces are an office, TV room, meeting room, mess areas and two single-berth cabins for senior personnel and a designated officer cabin. A spacious wheelhouse is located upstairs, with forward and aft facing vessel control stations, ROV and dive control workstations. Overhead windows are fitted both fore and aft for high-angle visibility. Below decks are accommodations for the remaining 33 crew members, in a mix of two-, three- and four-berth cabins. All accommodation cabins feature their own ensuite bathrooms.


ABG Shipyard`s Orderbook Rises

Karvy recently met the management of ABG shipyard and had a plant visit to their Surat shipbuilding facility. The company is an established manufacturer of a variety of marine ships, including bulk carriers, deck barges, interceptor boats, anchors handling supply ships, diving support ships, tugs and offshore vessels. Till date, the company has constructed and delivered around 93 vessels and has delivered three modern specialized Newsprint Carriers to Lysline, Norway.


Oceaneering Acquires New Vessel

Oceaneering International, Inc. (OII) has purchased the Gulf Quest for conversion into a 145-ft. dive support vessel. Built in 2001, and renamed the Ocean Quest, the vessel will be upgraded in spring 2003 and then become available for work in the Gulf of Mexico. When completed it will feature: 2,100 sq. ft of deck space, 24 person accommodations (in addition to vessel crew), dive support equipment installed below deck, marine rated API 10 ton crane on the stern, 24 hr


Master Boat Builders Completes Conversion for Oceaneering

Master Boat Builders has successfully completed a vessel conversion contract for Oceaneering International, Inc. Ocean Quest, built in 2001 as the Gulf Quest, has been upgraded and converted into a 145-ft. (44.1-m) dive support vessel featuring: 2,100 sq. ft of deck space; Live boating capabilities; 24 person accommodations (in addition to vessel crew); Dive support equipment installed below deck; Marine rated API 10 ton crane on the stern; 24 hr


Technip Buys Out DOF Subsea

Skandi Arctic. Photo: The DOF Group

 The DOF Subsea Group has entered into an agreement with Technip for the sale of DOF Subsea’s ownership in the joint venture vessel Skandi Arctic, with immediate effect.    According to the company, the transaction is done at market terms and will improve the cash position for the Group.    The 18,640-gt Skandi Arctic is a diving support vessel (DSV) built in 2009 and it can accommodate 140 persons.  


Seven Atlantic Launched

Seven Atlantic.jpg

The Seven Atlantic has been designed by Merwede Shipyard in close liaison with Subsea 7 and the dive spread manufacturer. It is a fully Dynamic Positioned Diving Support / Offshore Construction Vessel, suitable for worldwide operations. The introduction of this DSV to the market will provide Subsea 7 with one of the most versatile and advanced diving vessels currently available.


Wärtsilä Designs Deepwater DSV for China

The new deepwater dive support vessel for Shanghai Salvage Bureau (SSB) is designed by Wärtsilä. (Image: Wärtsilä)

Wärtsilä has signed a contract with Shanghai Bestway Marine Engineering Design Co Ltd to design a new type of deepwater dive support vessel (DSV). The ship is to be built for China state-owned Shanghai Salvage Bureau (SSB), a professional salvage company in China. The contract with Wärtsilä was signed in January. The Wärtsilä design features a combination of capabilities, including deepwater (6,000 meters) salvage operations


New 43m DSVs Designed by Incat Crowther

Image: Incat Crowther

A pair of 43m Monohull Dive Support Vessels has been designed by Incat Crowther, with input from the builder and operator, to meet RINA class requirements for special service, diving and dynamic positioning.   The vessels are currently under construction at Arpoadar Engenharia, in Guaruja, Brazil and will be delivered to Oceanica Offshore for service in Brazil with Petrobras.   The aft main deck features a large working deck to house the Hyperbaric Chamber, Dive Bell Crane


Dolphin Offshore Gets $16m in Contracts

Dolphin Offshore Enterprises India Ltd said it has received two orders worth $16m for its diving support vessels.  One of the contracts worth $10m is to be executed within 3 months while the other from Punj Lloyd Ltd has a 2-month duration. Source:  Reuters


Impact of PLCs on Saturation Diving Systems

A new generation of diving support vessels (DSVs) is providing challenges for inspectors. The International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) recognises that certain new-build DSVs, some of which are on, or shortly due to come onto, the market, have diving systems using programmable logic control (PLC) technology to control applications of their saturation diving systems. “The introduction of these new control systems could have a significant impact on the application of


Ecospeed Demonstrator Vessel on Display

Shipowners, shipbuilders and representatives from the Green Award Foundation attended the first in a series of planned Ecospeed demonstration ‘roadshows’ (Photo: Subsea Industries)

Shipowners, shipbuilders and representatives from the Green Award Foundation  attended the first in a series of planned ‘roadshows’ Subsea Industries has initiated to demonstrate the zero environmental impact and simplicity of cleaning hulls protected with its Ecospeed hard coating


OEM Bags £1m Go Marine Fleet Deal

Barry Park was recently awarded Emerging Entrepreneur of the Year at the Elevator Awards 2016. Photo OEM

OEM Group has secured a two-year contract worth up to £1 million with Go Marine to deliver engine support services to its fleet of vessels operating across the world for the oil and gas industry.   Under the global technical support and services agreement


BP Awards Bibby Combined Diving Campaign

BibbyTopaz (Photo: Bibby)

Bibby Offshore, a subsea services provider to the oil and gas industry, says it has secured a 15-day project with BP, due to commence in August 2016. The contract will see diving support vessel Bibby Topaz, working on four BP operations across three of its North Sea assets.


Caspian Shipping Commissions 4 Vessels

Photo: Azerbaijan Caspian Shipping Company

 Azerbaijan Caspian Shipping Company has put into commissioning four dry cargo vessels that will operate beyond the pale of the Caspian Sea, reports AzerNews.   An event to raise Azerbaijan`s state flag in the “Vagif”


Chain Tensioning, Cutting Completed for FPSO Turritella

FPSO Turritella (Photo: InterMoor)

InterMoor said it has completed the final tensioning and chain cutting operations on the FPSO Turritella for the Shell Stones project, located in the Walker Ridge protraction area in the Gulf of Mexico (GoM).    The FPSO Turritella will connect to subsea infrastructure located beneath


Mermaid Maritime Bags Subsea Contracts, Delays Newbuilding

Photo: Mermaid Maritime

 Thailand’s Mermaid Maritime said it has been awarded a number of subsea contracts in the Middle East with a total worth of $11million.   It has also reached an agreement with builder China Merchants Industry Holdings to postpone the delivery dates for its new assets currently


Damen Unveils Multi-role Utility Vessel

STD UV 2410 Artist Impression Photo Damen

Work is due to start shortly on the first of a new class of Damen utility vessel UV2410.   This multi-role platform is the result of extensive consultation with customers active in the aquaculture industry in the U.K. and Norway, the shipbuilder said


Bibby Offshore Bags Mega North Sea Contract

Howard Woodcock, chief executive Photo Bibby Offshore

Bibby Offshore, a leading subsea services provider to the oil and gas industry, has announced a multimillion dollar contract with a global energy player, to provide first gas and construction support on its assets in the Southern North Sea.


Harkand Wins Maersk Oil Contract

David Kerr, managing director for Harkand Europe.

Harkand won a multi-million dollar contract with Maersk Oil North Sea UK Ltd to deliver subsea support services to the operator including a commissioning support campaign for the Flyndre development located in the south-eastern part of the Central Graben Basin in the North Sea.


Hydrex Opens Office in Rotterdam

A diver performs a recent job in Rotterdam (Photo: Hydrex)

Hydrex has opened a new office in Rotterdam on March 1. Its purpose is to improve the delivery of services and underwater expertise to the maritime industry of Rotterdam, the company said.   To enable a fast mobilization throughout the entire Rotterdam port without delaying a ship’s


India's First Nuclear Submarine INS Arihant is Ready

The INS Arihant (image: Indian Navy)

India's first nuclear armed submarine INS Arihant is now ready for full fledged operations, according to Navy sources.   It has passed several deep sea diving drills as well as weapons launch tests over the past five months.   


Neptune Awarded Kitan Contract

Neptune’s diving division comprises bases in Perth, Darwin and Dampier servicing both on and offshore clients across Neptune’s global operat Photo Neptune

Neptune has been awarded an air diving services contract by Technip Oceania Pty Ltd (“Technip”) for the Kitan disconnection project. The project is offshore in February and includes the provision of air diving services to assist with the disconnection and abandonment of risers


JFD Wins Lifeboat Design Contract for Flash Tekk

Photo: JFD

JFD, part of James Fisher and Sons plc, announced that it has won a contract with Singaporean company Flash Tekk Engineering for the design and manufacture of up to eight Self-Propelled Hyperbaric Lifeboats (SPHL).   A development to improve operational safety standards


ABB Makes 5 km Subsea Operations Safe

MT6027 UItra Deep Sea Courtesy ABB

Marine software and hardware to assist multi-purpose diving support vessels in complex deepwater projects Power and automation technology group ABB will provide the technology that will help three vessels safely carry out construction and maintenance tasks up to 5 kilometers under water


SUPSALV & Finding El Faro

Captain Gregg W. Baumann discusses with CBS ‘60 Minutes’ anchor Scott Pelley  the technology to be deployed in the search for El Faro. The feature El Faro spot aired on CBS on Sunday, January 3, 2016.  If you missed it, view the 60 Minutes video here:http://www.cbsnews.com/videos/lost-in-the-bermuda-triangle  (Courtesy of U.S. Navy/CBS ‘60 Minutes’)

Last month we were offered an in-depth discussion on marine salvage with Captain Gregg W. Baumann, U.S. Navy, Director of Ocean Engineering, Supervisor of Salvage and Diving. Captain Baumann and his team have a long history regarding difficult missions accomplished






 
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