France-based project management, engineering and construction service provider Technip has introduced its new diving support vessel (DSV) Deep Explorer, which is set to begin its operational services by next year.
Named in Norway, the ship’s hull was built by Vard Tulcea, Romania, and was towed to Vard Langsten, Norway for equipment outfitting and commissioning.
The dive system of the vessel, which includes a 24-man twin bell saturated dive system rated to 350m, has been designed, built and commissioned by JFD, a part of James Fisher and Sons.
Equipped with a 400t box boom crane, large deck area and moonpool, Deep Explorer can be used as a remotely operated vehicle (ROV), and is certified to conduct subsea projects in the North Sea Canada market.
Vard Langsten yard director and senior vice-president Dag Vikestrand said: “Deep Explorer represents a technological quantum leap, thanks to the excellent teamwork between Technip, JFD and Vard.
“The knowledge, skills and experience of all parties involved have been key factors in achieving the design and build of this impressive vessel.”
Currently, Technip operates a fleet of 18 vessels, which are specialised in pipeline installation and subsea construction on all continents.
In June last year, the company secured a detailed engineering and procurement services contract from Singapore’s Jurong Shipyard.
The deal includes the conversion of a shuttle tanker into a floating, production, storage and offloading (FPSO) vessel.