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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

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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.

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

Fairmount Fuji Assists Octomar Dive Team


Fairmount Marine’s multipurpose support vessel Fairmount Fuji has supported Angolan maritime service provider Octomar Serviços Maritimos in underwater maintenance of the drilling rig Transocean Rather.   The Fairmount Fuji hosted and assisted a diving team of Octomar during the six weeks job offshore Angola. The Fairmount Fuji is a multipurpose support vessel with a spacious aft deck of 280 square meters and with towing capabilities

Tuco Debuts New Dive and ROV Support Boats

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Denmark’s Tuco Marine has revealed its new dive support and ROV Support boat designs. The two new vessels complement the designer’s range of ProZero workboats and daughter crafts and are dedicated the dive and ROV markets.   

Damen’s New Yacht Range Sails to the Extremes

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Damen’s new SeaXplorer yacht range brings true capability to expedition yachting, from extreme polar to remote tropical areas.   The world’s first purpose-built, Polar Code compliant range of expedition yachts has been launched by Dutch shipbuilder Damen and its luxury

Siemens Power and Drive Systems for New DSV

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Shanghai Zhenhua Heavy Industries Co. Ltd (ZPMC) has commissioned Siemens to equip the latest diving support vessel being built for Toisa Ltd. with complete drive and power systems.   According to Siemens, the solution is designed to improve the vessel’s reliability and maneuverability

Harkand: Expanding the Fleet, Growing a Global Business

The DP2 multi-purpose service and ROV vessel, the Siem Spearfish, operates globally.

International inspection, repair and maintenance (IRM) company Harkand aims to be a $1 billion company. MR’s Tom Mulligan recently met with John Reed, the company’s CEO, to discuss his vision for the future and how Harkand aims to achieve its goal of being the leading subsea IRM and

UDS Strikes Deal to Build Dive Support Ship in China

Ultra Deep Group (UDS) signed another contract with China Merchants Heavy Industry to build a Ultra Deep Installer – Multipurpose Diving Support Construction Vessel.

Ultra Deep Group (UDS) signed another contract with China Merchants Heavy Industry to build a Ultra Deep Installer – Multipurpose Diving Support Construction Vessel. Even though the oil market remains in the doldrums, Singapore-based UDS is powering ahead with tis strategic plan to

Harkand Completes $10.5 mln DSV Upgrade

Swordfish (Photo: Harkand)

Harkand informs it has completed the $10.5 million upgrade of its Gulf of Mexico based dive support vessel (DSV) Swordfish. Originally built in 2007, the Swordfish is the youngest DSV in this region. The fully International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) compliant, ABS classed

Delta Marine Workboat is a Windfarm Winner

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Delta Marine’s versatile Whalsa Lass working off the coast of Grimsby for one of the “Big 6” energy companies    Delta Marine said its vessel Whalsa Lass has demonstrated its versatility during recently completed works on the large windfarm off the coast of

Oaktree Capital Pumps $25 mln into Harkand

John Reed (Photo: Harkand)

Harkand's key shareholder Oaktree Capital Management has reaffirmed a strong commitment with an additional $25 million of funding which will allow the company to expand its footprint in new and existing regions. As well as maintaining its operations in current market conditions

Possibly the Worst Quarter on Zero DSV Utilisation

Pic:  Pacific Radiance Ltd

 According to a research note released today from UOB Kay Hian, Singapore offshore vessel operator Pacific Radiance achieved an ominous vessel utilization of 0% for its diving support vessel fleet in the second quarter of 2015.  

Technip UK Pleads Guilty to Safety Breaches

North Sea operator Technip UK Limited pleaded guilty to a breach of regulations covering health and safety of workers which lead to the death of a rigger, and has been fined £160,000, the U.K. Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) reported.  

Harkand Secures Decommissioning Work in UKCS

David Kerr (Photo: Harkand)

Global  inspection, repair and maintenance (IRM) company Harkand, has commenced decommissioning work in the United Kingdom Continental Shelf supporting Maersk Oil UK’s work in the Leadon field. Earlier this year, the IRM firm secured a multi-million pound 12-month frame agreement

ZPMC Orders Romica Equipment for DSV

Image: REL

Romica Engineering Ltd (REL) has signed a contract with Shanghai Zhenhua Heavy Industries Co. Ltd. (ZPMC) to provide a triple drum winch and tooling deployment A-Frame system. This will support the overboard deployment and recovery of diver tools supporting subsea work.  

Blyth Workcats Wins ABP Survey Boat Contract

Blyth Workcats 14m survey boat to be built for ABP

  At the Seawork International Exhibition in Southampton, Blyth Workcats Ltd announced that Associated British Ports (ABP) has awarded it the contract for a new 14-metre survey vessel to be built at the company’s yard on Canvey Island, Essex, UK.

SeaKing Bags Mersey Ferries Framework Agreement

Dave Gillam (Photo: SeaKing)

Birkenhead based SeaKing Electrical has been appointed to a four-year framework agreement for Mersey Ferries. The maritime firm, which has supported the ferry fleet for many years, has been formally accepted onto the marine engineering consultants framework for Mersey Ferries until 2019.

Aqueos Takes Delivery DSV for Liveboating

Photo: Aqueos Corporation

Aqueos Corporation, a subsea services provider for the offshore oil and gas sectors of the Gulf of Mexico and the Pacific West Coast, announced the delivery of SPLASH, a Special Purpose Liveboat and Survey Hull to specifically address safety concerns with traditional methods of Liveboating.

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