DIVEX Wins Funding From Carbon Trust

press release
Wednesday, September 21, 2011

International diving equipment technology company Divex are delighted to announce they have been selected by the Carbon Trust for support within the Offshore Wind Accelerator (OWA) programme for their Launch and Recovery technology.


The Offshore Wind Accelerator (OWA) is a project launched between the Carbon Trust and eight of the leading international offshore wind farm developers to help meet the European Union’s 15% renewable energy target for the UK.  The aim of the OWA is to drive down the cost of offshore wind by focusing on four research areas: Foundations, Wake Effects, Electrical Systems and Access. The focus of the OWA has been to find solutions to Access to the wind turbines and with over 450 entries submitted, Divex have been selected as one of the thirteen successful applicants.  As one of only two companies in Scotland to receive funding, Divex are the only company in Aberdeen to be successful.


Divex’s Launch and Recovery System (LARS) uses the established ramp recovery method for high sea state launch and recovery but applies this in a way that enables fitment to SWATH or catamaran mother vessels or possibly even mono hulls. The principle is an inclinable and semi-submersible Cradle that can be raised up to the vessel or be lowered into the sea to allow launch and recovery.  The unique design of the mechanical connection to the vessel automatically alters the angle of the Cradle from horizontal (when stowed) to a suitable ramp angle when the Cradle/Boat is in the water. The Cradle is raised and lowered by a fast action constant tension winch that automatically synchronises the Cradle/Boat motion with the swell to avoid slap and snatch during launching and recovery. Another unique attribute is the provision of an automatic bow latch that holds the boat securely in the Cradle until the moment of launch and similarly captures the Boat during recovery.


Derek Clarke, Joint Managing Director, Divex Ltd, added: “We are fortunate to be at the forefront of an exciting era in offshore wind and with the support of the Carbon Trust through this competition, we hope to remain there.  The Launch and Recovery System for daughter craft we have designed should significantly reduce the complexity and risk currently associated with such a manoeuvre to the benefit of all concerned.” Divex also submitted designs for their Crew Access Bridge technology (CRAB).  CRAB is a motion compensated personnel access bridge to enable personnel to move directly in high sea states from a support vessel to the turbine Work Platform, typically at 20m above LAT (Lowest Astronomical Tide). CRAB combines established position sensing, accelerometer and hydraulic control technology with a novel telescopic bridge structure which uses counterbalance principles to create a light weight, low power and inherently safe design.  With an expected landing load onto the Work Platform in the range of 150 to 300kg.


While they did not receive funding for this, Divex did received a letter of support from the Carbon Trust for this design: “We were also impressed with your CRAB design – in fact it was in the top 20 of the 450+ entries and we are convinced that you have the capabilities to translate it into a compelling product.  However the OWA only has funding for 12 concepts, so will be unable to provide financial support for it.  Nevertheless, given the quality of the idea, we would be willing to provide you with a letter of support if this would be useful for attracting investment for the development of the design.” This is a very significant diversification for Divex and is the culmination of extensive market research, inventive thinking and detailed proposal work over the past 12 months using the skills and abilities possessed with their dive system engineering knowledge base. Divex’s expansion into the renewable sector is progressing beyond the Launch and Recovery system and Crew Access Bridge and they are currently looking at novel foundations.

Maritime Reporter March 2014 Digital Edition
FREE Maritime Reporter Subscription
Latest Maritime News    rss feeds

People & Company News

Unique Technologies Improve Port Security

Practical results from the SUPPORT (Security UPgrade for PORTS) project, coordinated by BMT Group Ltd. and part-funded by the European Commission’s FP7 Security

CMM Takes Delivery of Damen PSV for Brazil

New supplier CMM Gravity to start on long-term contract with Petrobras. CMM has taken delivery of a Damen Platform Supply Vessel 3300. The 80-meter, 3,300t deadweight

Ship as Lifeboat Concept Disputed by ICV

A recent meeting at the National Transportation Safety Board in Washington, D.C. (attended by International Cruise Victims (ICV) Board representatives) discussed


European Launch of SMS at Counter Terror Expo

Kelvin Hughes is delighted to announce that it will be displaying its new Single Mast Solution (SMS) at Counter Terror Expo 2014 from April 29-30. This will be

Saipem: A Fleet Grows in Brazil

As some pre-salt plays begin production, a wide range of subsea infrastructure is being built, with O&G transportation pipeline grids being one of the vital downstream systems.

ESAB Releases Updated Columbus III

ESAB Welding & Cutting Products announces the release of Columbus III version 1.2, a powerful CAD/CAM programming and nesting software optimized for plasma, oxy-fuel, laser and waterjet cutting.


BIMCO: Positive Economic Developments Benefits Shipping

The recovery of the Eurozone continues as job creation returns across the region. The hiring of more staff indicates that manufacturing and service industries believes

Korean Prosecutors Raid Home of Ferry's Owner

Prosecutors investigating the fatal sinking of a South Korean ferry have raided the home of Yoo Byung-un, the head of a family that owns the Chonghaejin Marine Co.

UK Subsidises 8 Renewable Energy Contracts

The British government on Wednesday awarded investment contracts under a new subsidy regime to eight renewable energy projects, including five offshore wind farms and three biomass plants.


Fishing Vessels Fit with Wärtsilä’s NOx Reducer

Wärtsilä said its new NOx Reducer will be fitted to two new fishing vessels under construction at the Celiktrans yard in Turkey. The ships are owned by HB Grandi,

Ill-Considered Energy Policies Threaten US Navy: Report

The United States government has pursued energy policies based on “the mistaken belief in the unproven science that claims carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from burning

NCL Spotlights Eco-Smart Cruising Program

On Earth Day, Norwegian Cruise Line NCL) celebrated key achievements from the past year that, as a part of its Eco-Smart Cruising program, help preserve the world's oceans.


BP Gulf Spill Trial Set For January

The high-stakes penalty phase of BP's trial over its role in the 2010 U.S. Gulf of Mexico oil spill will start next January, court officials said on Tuesday,

Canada To Keep Keystone XL Issue Alive With White House

Far from giving up on the Keystone XL pipeline to the United States, Finance Minister Joe Oliver said on Tuesday Canadawould keep the issue alive with the Obama

EU gives Geneva deal a chance before adopting new Russia sanctions

The European Union is holding off imposing further sanctions on Russia for now over its actions in Ukraine until it sees if a deal reached in Geneva last week works, EU diplomats said on Tuesday.


USS Taylor to Enter Black Sea

The U.S. Navy reported that the Oliver Hazard Perry-class frigate USS Taylor (FFG 50), homeported in Mayport, Fla., will enter the Black Sea April 22 to promote peace and stability in the region.

CMM Takes Delivery of Damen PSV for Brazil

New supplier CMM Gravity to start on long-term contract with Petrobras. CMM has taken delivery of a Damen Platform Supply Vessel 3300. The 80-meter, 3,300t deadweight

New Scheduled International Cargo Shipping Service

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation (SLSDC) today joined the Port of Cleveland in announcing the launch of the

Wind Power

UK Subsidises 8 Renewable Energy Contracts

The British government on Wednesday awarded investment contracts under a new subsidy regime to eight renewable energy projects, including five offshore wind farms and three biomass plants.

POSH raises $311m in Singapore IPO

POSH prices IPO at S$1.15 per share, near bottom of indicative range. POSH focuses on service to production, maintenance and is keen on growing offshore accommodation business.

Three NOAA scientists honored by White House

The White House yesterday awarded three NOAA scientists with Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers. The award is the highest honor given

Maritime Contracts Maritime Security Offshore Oil Pod Propulsion Port Authority Salvage Ship Electronics Ship Simulators Shipbuilding / Vessel Construction Sonar
rss | archive | history | articles | privacy | contributors | top maritime news | about us | copyright | maritime magazines
maritime security news | shipbuilding news | maritime industry | shipping news | maritime reporting | workboats news | ship design | maritime business

Time taken: 0.2559 sec (4 req/sec)