French engineering company Technip has introduced its latest newbuild, the diving support vessel (DSV) Deep Explorer.
The vessel was officially named Saturday at a ceremony held at VARD’s Langston shipyard in Norway.
The vessel hull was built by Vard Tulcea shipyard in Romania and completed at Vard Langsten for equipment outfitting and commissioning. The vessel features a state-of-the-art 24-man twin bell saturated dive system rated to 350m.
Deep Explorer is a DP3 class DSV, purpose-designed and certified for subsea projects in the demanding North Sea/Canada market. Technip says the vessel is the most modern and versatile DSV in the world, thanks to latest technology in diving control systems, a 400 ton box boom crane, a large deck area, a working moonpool and work-class ROVs. Deep Explorer is capable of working globally on diving and subsea construction projects, even in extreme weather conditions. Deep Explorer will commence operations in 2017.
Here’s at look at the Deep Explorer during recent sea trials off Norway:
“This event marks an important milestone in this three-year project to design, build and deliver this impressive fantastic new ship,” said Bruno Faure, Technip’s Senior Vice President Subsea Projects and Operations. “We are proud to welcome the Deep Explorer, an impressive key asset for the Technip fleet and for our clients. My sincere thanks to all those in Technip and our partner companies who have contributed to this successful project.”
Technip operates a fleet of 18 vessels with another 4 under construction, all specializing in pipeline installation and subsea construction on all continents.