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Unique Hydra in DSCV dive system contract win

Oilfield Technology,

Unique Hydra, a division of Unique Maritime Group (UMG) has announced that it has been selected by Ultra Deep Solutions (UDS) to design, build and integrate the dive system for a multipurpose Diving Support Construction Vessel (DSCV).

Vessel specifications

The new DSCV is equipped with a 300HD 18-man twin bell Saturation Diving System. The dive system incorporates the latest mechanical and electrical design requirements. The feature rich diving system offers a first in the drive towards reducing the complexity of shipyard integration and installation time frames.

UDS has combined the high tech factor, practicality and high safety standards to design and build this DP3 18-man twin bell diving support construction vessel. It is designed to operate up to 4000 m water depth, in collaboration with Marin Teknikk Norway, the world’s renowned global ship designer of such highly-spec vessels.

The vessel is modeled on the proprietary “Red Class 6027” MT design DSCV and is a DP3, 142 m state-of-the-art multipurpose subsea DSCV.

Offshore services

UDS specialises in the design, construction and operations of World-Class Ultra Deep Diving Heavy Construction Vessel to the offshore industry. Its onshore and offshore expertise provides top-class quality offshore-related services/knowledge with excellent high standards.

Some of the specifications of the new vessel include:

  • Length overall: 142.90 m.
  • Breadth moulded: 27.00 m.
  • Depth main deck: 11.00 m.
  • Dead weight: 8000 t.
  • Main deck: 1,500 m² @ 10.0 t/m².
  • Capt. deck: 650 m² @ 2.0 t/m².
  • Main crane: Huisman 400 t.
  • Dual fall: 3200 m.
  • Single fall: 5200 m.
  • Trial speed: 14 knots.
  • Accommodation: 140 persons.

Globally positioned to handle multiple DSV contracts

Mike Jessop, Managing Director Unique Hydra commented, “We are aware of our client’s requirement for a modern and reliable DSCV. The award of this project demonstrates our clients’ confidence in Unique Hydra’s in-depth technical capabilities, our strength in project execution and the considerable financial capabilities established through our corporate partnership recently formed with Blue Water Energy. We have increased our DSV solution capabilities over the last year and we are globally positioned to handle multiple DSV contracts. We strongly believe that over the next few years our brand and product will become the Diving System of choice.”

Shel Hutton, Chief Executive Officer at UDS also commented, “With only 30 similarly-sized but older vessels worldwide, and the requirement in the industry for safe yet fast-response vessels, UDS is poised to deliver such high standards of quality to the deep and ultra-deepwater projects. The “Red Class 6027” combines the practicality, safety, reliability, efficiency and impressive subsea technology. We are confident that it will exceed the expectations of oil majors and offshore operators.”


Adapted from press release by Cecilia Rehn

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