Subsea 7 announced Thursday that it has signed a contract to build a new dive support vessel (DSV). The new vessel will be delivered in 2015.
The vessel, which Subsea 7 describes as "state-of-the-art", will be built by Korean ship builder Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI).
With accommodation for 110 people, the DSV will incorporate an 18-man saturation system supplied by Drass, which is rated for depths of 980 feet. It will have two three-man diving bells and two 18-man hyperbaric life-boats.
The vessel will be equipped with six main engines in three separate engine rooms designed to maximise performance in dynamic positioning (DP) for Class 3.
Subsea 7 Executive Vice President Steve Wisely commented in a company statement:
“To build and equip this vessel we are delighted to work with industry leaders HHI, Drass and Wartsila Ship Design. The vessel will reinforce our leading diving capabilities with one of the world’s largest DSV fleets, and enable us to continue to serve our clients in an efficient, cost-effective and safe manner on many future projects.”
Subsea 7 added that the new vessel will be the third new-build DSV to join its fleet in recent years, the firm having taken delivery of the Seven Atlantic in 2010 and Seven Havila in 2011.
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