Technip Names New Diving Support Vessel

French oilfield services firm Technip announced Wednesday that its new diving support vessel (DSV) will be called the 'Deep Explorer'.

Technip said the new vessel will be equipped with the latest technology in terms of navigation (Dynamic Positioning Class 3) and will feature a 24-man saturated dive system. With a large deck area, working moon pool, work-class ROVS (remotely-operated vehicles) and a 400-ton offshore crane, the vessel will also be able to deliver diver-less construction activities.

Designed for the demanding requirements of the North Sea and Canadian markets, the Deep Explorer will be capable of working in extreme weather conditions.

Following the detailed engineering and design phase, construction of the ship's hull began at Vard Tulcea in Romania during the summer. On completion of the hill, the vessel will be towed to Vard Langsten in Norway for final equipment outfitting and commissioning. The Deep Explorer will join Technip's fleet of vessels in 2016.

Knut Boe, senior vice president of Technip's North Sea Canada region, commented in a company statement:

"Technip has a long history in the diving industry and we are very pleased to extend our long-term commitment to diving and to the oil and gas industry with the development of this important new vessel. At delivery, the Deep Explorer will be the most advanced DSV in the world."

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