TechnipFMC has added to its international fleet of subsea pipelay, diving, and construction ships after purchasing a newbuild diving support vessel – the Deep Discoverer.
The energy services giant signed a deal with shipbuilding firm Vard in Norway last year. It is undergoing a testing programme before starting work in the first half of year.
Deep Discoverer will be used to service the North Sea diving construction market, as well as carry out inspection, repair and maintenance (IRM)work.
It has an 18-person twin bell saturation diving bell as part of its equipment, as well as a subsea crane.
Bill Morrice, vice president of Commercial for UK and Mediterranean said: “This addition to our fleet not only demonstrates our steadfast commitment to diving construction operations in the North Sea, but also significantly improves our capabilities in the IRM market. Being able to deliver such a high standard of vessel at a competitive rate is further evidence of our company’s relentless drive to help our clients succeed.”