HOUSTON -- Oceaneering International Inc. has contracted a US Gulf Coast shipyard to construct a new dive support vessel (DSV). The company expects delivery of the 200 ft x 46 ft (61 m x 14 m) vessel in 4Q 2010. The new DSV will replace the Ocean Project, which was built in 1972.
The DSV will be US flagged and outfitted to perform subsea inspection, repair, and maintenance (IRM) services and to support construction operations in the Gulf of Mexico. The vessel will have built-in diving equipment, including a dive control system and decompression chambers. It will have accommodations for 50 personnel and be equipped with a 40-ton (36-metric ton) crane, a working moon pool, and a four-point mooring system enabling operations in 700 ft (213 m) of water.
“This purpose-built DSV will allow us to continue to support demand for our shallow water IRM and construction support services,” says T. Jay Collins, president and CEO of Oceaneering. “There are over 3,500 platforms and approximately 20,000 mi (32,187 km) of pipelines in use in the GoM that we believe will need servicing for the indefinite future.”
Oceaneering to replace DSV Ocean Project