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The DPII DSV Noordhoek Constructor Embarks on Inaugural Saturation Diving Project

08 June 2010

Noordhoek Offshore is delighted to announce the newly delivered DPII DSV NOORDHOEK CONSTRUCTOR has successfully completed its offshore verification trials and is heading for its first assignment at the end of this week for a saturation diving contract with a major North Sea operator. Cees Noordhoek, Noordhoek’s Managing Director stated: “It has been a momentous effort by everyone here at the Noordhoek and Seatec head office; I am so very proud of everyone involved, to launch both, the DSV NOORDHOEK CONSTRUCTOR and SV NOORDHOEK PATHFINDER on time and within budget, it is a testament to the dedication of everyone involved and is a clear display of what can be achieved by a talented and highly motivated workforce.”

The state-of-the-art saturation diving system supplied by Seatec Underwater Systems B.V. was delivered on schedule and has proven exceptional, performing flawlessly throughout the trials, meeting the extremely high standards of Noordhoek Offshore.

Johan de Bie, General Managerof Seatec Underwater Systems B.V stated: “Because of new advanced digital ‘fly by wire’ technology, incorporated into the Saturation System. Seatec Recognised very early on at the conception and design stage, the need for training “end-user” personnel as a prime requirement. Subsequently requesting that Noordhoek involved their already identified and vessel designated key personnel, heavily in the assembly and installation of the Saturation System into the vessel.

Diver- technicians, life support supervisors and saturation supervisors, together with the vessel designated offshore construction manager worked very closely with the Seatec design team and installation technicians ,in addition to the auxiliary plant and equipment being assembled in the company’s extensive facilities in Zierikzee, prior to installation to the vessel all personnel spent some considerable time with the system manufacturers, learning all aspects of the system as designed by Seatec. These key personnel where then completely involved with the system installation into the vessel and the subsequent sea trials with the certifying authorities Lloyds and Noble Denton the appointed “Third Party” responsible for the total unit Air and Saturation FMEA acceptance trials”

Having completed extensive audits, the DPII DSV NOORDHOEK CONSTRUCTOR will perform numerous subsea construction & inspection projects in the North Sea throughout the season. The 76m DPII DSV NOORDHOEK CONSTRUCTOR is specifically designed for Saturation and Air diving operations for depths up to 200m in the harsh North Sea environment.

The 12-man, single bell, saturation diving system is equipped with the most up-to-date safety features and utilises the latest in life support and communications technology. The diving operations can be supported by the permanently installed work and observation class ROV spreads. When combining these attributes with the 685m2 of deck space, the 100 tonne crane and accommodation for 70 people it is clear to see the NOORDHOEK CONSTRUCTOR is a multi role vessel suitable for worldwide deployment.

The DPII DSV NOORDHOEK CONSTRUCTOR is now operational resulting in Noordhoek operating 3 subsea support vessels: in addition to the NOORDHOEK CONSTRUCTOR is the exceptional DPII ROV Survey SV NOORDHOEK PATHFINDER and the DPII DSV NOORDHOEK SINGAPORE.

Noordhoek Offshore B.V. is a leading provider of subsea construction, diving, ROV and survey services to the offshore oil and gas industry, serving operators and contractors internationally and domestically in the North Sea. Construction services include installation, upgrading and decommissioning of pipelines and production infrastructure. Diving, ROV and survey services include inspection, repair and maintenance services and support services for subsea infrastructure and underwater structures.