Technip’s latest newbuild, the diving support vessel (DSV) Deep Explorer, was officially named on Saturday, November 12, in Norway. The traditional naming ceremony was held at VARD’s Langsten shipyard. The vessel godmother was Heidi Brovoll-Bø, wife of Knut Bø, President of Technip’s North Sea Canada region.
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 state-of-the-art 24-man twin bell saturated dive system rated to 350m. The dive system was designed, built and commissioned by JFD, part of James Fisher and Sons plc.
Deep Explorer is a DP3 class DSV, purpose-designed and certified for subsea projects in the North Sea Canada market. The vessel features the latest technology diving control system, 400 Te box boom crane, large deck area, working moonpool and work-class remotely operated vehicles (ROV). Deep Explorer is capable of working globally on diving and subsea construction projects, even in extreme weather conditions. She will commence operational duties in 2017.
Technip operates a fleet of 18 vessels (with another four under construction) specialized in pipeline installation and subsea construction on all continents.