Aqueous takes delivery of dive boatVessel & ROV News // June 11, 2015
Aqueos Corporation, a subsea services provider in the Gulf of Mexico and the Pacific West Coast, has taken delivery of Splash, which it describes as a 'special-purpose liveboat and survey hull' to address safety concerns with traditional methods of liveboating.
Splash has a twin jet drive propulsion system and diving capabilities. The compamy said the vessel "addresses and mitigates inherent hazards associated with liveboating."
Splash is based on a proven, durable shallow-draft catamaran hull and powerplant that produces a rugged, lightweight, stable, and high speed vessel.
Built specifically for liveboating, Splash has a built-in dive control station with a three-diver IMCA compliant manifold, deck decompression chamber, Nitrox air enriched diving system, a 6 x 5 Jet Pump, 5,000 lb rated telescopic crane, berthing for 12 and a tailored diver recovery system.
Typically, liveboating involves a diver performing work underwater while the diver's hose is being tended from the bow of a propeller driven utility vessel, using its main propulsion system to keep position with the diver.
Splash, with its twin jet drive propulsion, is specifically designed to eliminate the two major risks associated with this practice. These are the potential of the diver's umbilical and equipment entanglement with the vessel propellers and the potential injury to the diver jumping from the high bow freeboard into the water. Other safety enhancements include: a raised pilot house with integrated 360° view to monitor diver position, joystick control for enhanced low speed manoeuvrability, as well as integrated USBL and diver work beacon to allow the vessel master to 'see' the diver's subsea position relative to vessel position.
Ted Roche, President and CEO of Aqueos Corporation, said: "Splash is a collaborative effort between numerous stakeholders including Aqueos, our clients and the vessel builder.
"Our company's goal is to leverage technology to mitigate risk and increase efficiencies, and Splash embodies this philosophy."
Splash was built by Metal Shark LLC (Gravois Boats) of Jeanerette, LA who played a key role in the design and construction of the USCG-inspected dive support vessel.