Wärtsilä to supply design for dive support/multi-lay vesselVessel & ROV News // February 19, 2016
Wärtsilä has signed a contract with Shanghai Bestway Marine Engineering Design Co Ltd to design a new type of deep water dive support vessel.
The ship is to be built for China state-owned Shanghai Salvage Bureau (SSB), one of the largest professional salvage companies in China. The contract with Wärtsilä was signed in January.
The Wärtsilä design features a combination of capabilities, including deepwater (6,000m) salvage operations, deepwater pipe laying and construction work, and saturation (SAT) diving operations for 24 divers using two diving bells.
When built, this will be the world’s first SAT diving support vessel with multi-lay and ultra deep water construction capabilities.
“The new vessel will certainly be the most sophisticated asset in our fleet. It will carry out operations in very deep waters and in often difficult conditions. We believe the Wärtsilä design will meet all our requirements for successful operations,” says Mr Huang Yan, Director of Deep Diving Technology Development Center, SSB.