Flash Tekk Engineering, the leading global subsea operations and engineering company, has today announced that it has awarded the design and manufacture of Self Propelled Hyperbaric Lifeboats (SPHL) contract to JFD – Divex. The SPHLs are to be installed as part of the 18 Man saturation diving system on the Van Gogh - diving support vessels (DSV). These are currently under construction for Ultra Deep Solutions, the leading builder and operator of ultra-deep diving heavy construction vessels, which are driving significant improvements in safety standards in the offshore industry.
In the event of a major vessel emergency, each SPHL has the capability to evacuate the entire complement of the saturation diving system under pressure, safeguarding the lives of the divers and ensuring that the required decompression process can be carried out fully and without additional risk. The divers are transferred to a pressurised chamber inside one of the vessel’s SPHLs (located both port and starboard). They are then deployed with a coxswain and life support crew to deliver the divers to a safe environment where decompression can be carried out.
Giovanni Corbetta, Managing Director, JFD, commented:
“We relish the opportunity to work with Flash Tekk and Ultra Deep Solutions as they bring their exciting new fleet of DSVs to the market. This exclusive partnership with Vanguard also allows us to offer a new, advanced range of SPHLs to the commercial diving market, which will greatly improve the likelihood of the successful, safe recovery and decompression of all divers working in these operations”