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Subsea 7 Signs Contract to Build New Dive Support Vessel

06 December 2012

Subsea 7 SA, a seabed-to-surface engineering, construction and services contractor to the offshore energy industry, has signed a contract to build a new dive support vessel, or DSV. The new vessel will be delivered in 2015.

The vessel will be built by Korean company Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI). With accommodation for 110 people, the DSV will incorporate an 18 man saturation system supplied by Drass and rated for 300m with two moon-pool deployed three man diving bells and two 18-man hyperbaric life-boats.

The vessel will be equipped with six main engines in three separate engine rooms designed to maximize performance in Dynamic Positioning (DP) Class III. This will be the third new-build DSV to join the Subsea 7 fleet in recent years, having taken delivery of the Seven Atlantic in 2010 and Seven Havila in 2011.

Subsea 7 Executive vice president Commercial Steve Wisely said: "To build and equip this vessel we are delighted to work with industry leaders HHI, Drass and Wartsila Ship Design. The vessel will reinforce our diving capabilities with DSV fleets, and enable us to continue to serve our clients in an efficient, cost-effective and safe manner on many future projects."