Harkand completes DSV upgradeVessel & ROV News // August 12, 2015
Harkand has completed a US$10.5million upgrade of its Gulf of Mexico-based dive support vessel (DSV) Swordfish. Originally built in 2007, Swordfish is the youngest DSV in this region and has been upgraded to what Harkand described as the highest safety standards in the offshore industry.
The fully International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) compliant, ABS classed, 104 m long, DP2 DSV has a newly upgraded 15-man saturation diving system with a three-man bell along with a new 165ft surface diving system.
The vessel comes fitted with a new build 18-man self-propelled hyperbaric lifeboat (SPHL) for evacuation of the divers under saturation in case of an emergency. This SPHL can be coupled with a newly built and dedicated portable hyperbaric rescue facility (HRF) to ensure safe decompression of divers.