VIDEO: DSV Swordfish After Upgrade


Harkand has recently completed the $10.5-million upgrade of its Gulf of Mexico-based dive support vessel (DSV) Swordfish.

The video shows the newly upgraded vessel featuring a 15-man saturation diving system with a three-man bell along with a new 165’ surface diving system.

The MT 6016 L vessel is designed for offshore installations of subsea hardware, deepwater Inspection, Repair and Mainenance (IRM), and well intervention services.

The Swordfish comes equipped with dual 70 and 150 Te active heave compensated (AHC) cranes, Forum’s Triton XLS work-class ROV, deployed by a starboard side LARS, capable of working at depths of 3000 meters, and a full survey spread.

The vessel, originally built in 2007, by Norwegian shipbuilder Kleven (hull number 315) also 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 portable hyperbaric rescue facility (HRF) to ensure safe decompression of divers.

Accommodation on board this 103,7 meters long ship, of Marin Teknikk design, is arranged for 100 crew and personnel.

The ship is powered by Caterpillar engines and uses Rolls-Royce AZP100FP azimuth thrusters with maximum speed of 16 knots, and it is currently sailing under the flag of Marshall Islands.

Subsea World News Staff

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