Technip christens new diving support vessel

Offshore staff

PARIS Technip’s latest newbuild, the diving support vessel (DSV) Deep Explorer, was officially named on Nov. 12 at VARD’s Langsten shipyard in Norway.

The Deep Explorer is a DP-3 class DSV, purpose-designed and certified for subsea projects in the North Sea Canada market.  It features a 400-metric ton (441-ton) box boom crane, large deck area, working moonpool, and work-class remotely operated vehicles (ROV). The Deep Explorer is said to be able to operate globally on diving and subsea construction projects in extreme weather conditions. 

The DSV will commence operational duties in 2017.

The vessel hull was built by VARD Tulcea shipyard in Romania, and then towed to VARD Langsten in Norway for equipment outfitting and commissioning. The vessel features a 24-man twin bell saturated dive system rated to 350 m (1,149 ft). The dive system was designed, built and commissioned by JFD, part of James Fisher and Sons plc.

Bruno Faure, Technip’s Senior Vice President Subsea Projects and Operations, said: “This event marks an important milestone in this three-year project to design, build, and deliver this impressive fantastic new ship. 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 four under construction, specialized in pipeline installation and subsea construction on all continents.


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