DSV proves capabilities in southern North Sea

Seven Atlantic, Subsea 7's newest diving support vessel, has completed its first diving project for Shell in the southern North Sea.

Offshore staff

ABERDEEN -- Seven Atlantic, Subsea 7's newest diving support vessel, has completed its first diving project for Shell in the southern North Sea.

Since starting work in late-March, the dynamically positioned vessel has been working both in the UK sector and in the Dutch sector, where it has performed various inspection tasks. As part of its first workscope, the vessel has completed 80 saturation dives and 10 surface (air) dives.

Seven Atlantic’s integrated saturation system provides capacity for 24 divers using a twin bell system. It is built to NORSOK requirements and configured for split level diving.

The DSV can accommodate up to 174 people (including divers). Also onboard is a twin work station integrated air-dive system for shallow diving, which can be deployed from the Seven Atlantic using Subsea 7’s MCA-certified Seven Spray air-dive support craft.

Steph McNeill, Vice President for Subsea 7’s UK region, said: “The vessel was built to have an exceptionally good sea keeping capability and has already successfully demonstrated this ability by holding station, landing helicopters and continuing to work in the extreme sea conditions experienced on her first project. She is built and equipped for at least 60 days at-sea endurance and she is demonstrating her ability and efficiencies to complete work faster than many comparable vessels.”

05/06/2010

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