Oceaneering Orders Dive Support Vessel

January 2010 Vol. 237 No. 1

Oceaneering International Inc. has commissioned construction of a dive support vessel (DSV) with an estimated cost of $17 million.

The company expects delivery of the 200 foot x 46 foot vessel from a U.S. Gulf Coast shipyard in the fourth quarter. It will replace the Ocean Project built in 1972.

The DSV will perform subsea inspection, repair and maintenance services and support construction operations in the Gulf of Mexico. The vessel will have built-in diving equipment, including a dive control system and decompression chambers to maximize the availability of deck space for job-specific equipment and to ensure safe working conditions. It will accommodate 50 personnel and be equipped with a 40-ton crane, a working moon pool, and a four-point mooring system.

T. Jay Collins, president/CEO, said, “This purpose-built DSV will allow us to continue to support demand for our shallow water IRM and construction support services. There are over 3,500 platforms and 20,000 miles of pipelines in use in the Gulf of Mexico that we believe will need servicing for the indefinite future.”