Technip launches Deep Explorer DSV

November 15, 2016

Technip’s latest newbuild, the diving support vessel (DSV) Deep Explorer, has been officially named in Norway. The traditional naming ceremony was held at VARD’s Langsten shipyard. 

Deep Explorer is a DP3 class DSV, purpose-designed and certified for subsea projects in the North Sea Canada market.  

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.  

Technip describes the vessel as the most modern and versatile DSV in the world, thanks to its latest technology diving control system, 400-tonne box boom crane, large deck area, working moonpool and work-class ROVs.

Technip says the vessel is capable of working globally on diving and subsea construction projects, even in extreme weather conditions.  It will start operational duties in 2017.

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. 

Bruno Faure, Technip’s Senior Vice President Subsea Projects and Operations, said: “We are proud to welcome the Deep Explorer, an impressive key asset for the Technip fleet and for our clients.”

Yard Director and Senior Vice President at Vard Langsten, Dag Vikestrand, commented: “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.”

Technip operates a leading-edge fleet of 18 vessels (with another four under construction) specialized in pipeline installation and subsea construction on all continents.



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