LONDON – Harkand has completed a $10.5-million upgrade of its Gulf of Mexico-based dive support vessel Swordfish.
The fully International Marine Contractors Association compliant, ABS classed, 104 m (341 ft) long, DP-2 DSV, upgraded at the Port of Galveston, features an upgraded 15-man saturation diving system with a three-man bell along with a new 165-ft (50-m) surface diving system.
The vessel comes fitted with a new 18-man self-propelled hyperbaric lifeboat for evacuation of the divers under saturation in case of an emergency. This SPHL can be coupled with a new portable hyperbaric rescue facility to ensure safe decompression of divers.
“The Swordfish with its new surface diving system, the upgraded saturation diving system, dual 70 and 150 Te active heave compensated cranes, heavy duty work-class XLS ROV and its own dedicated SPHL and HRF will be the most advanced DSV in this region and enable us to tackle the most challenging IRM and light construction projects for any operator,” said Mike Brown, general manager of diving operations for North America and Africa.