JFD Boosts Saturation Diving Capabilities

JFD said it has delivered the world’s first saturation diving products rated to a depth of 500 meters.

The products have been developed as part of a saturation diving system for what JDF says is a leading offshore service provider.

According to the company, the new products, which include environmental control systems, gas reclaim and life support products, provide the most advanced saturation dive capability in the world.

Giovanni Corbetta, managing director at JFD, said: “We are pleased to have reached this latest milestone in this one-of-a-kind deep-sea diving project which demonstrates JFD’s capability in developing technology and simulating performance in the most challenging underwater environments. The delivery of these world-first products is the latest demonstration of JFD’s world-leading R&D and innovation programme, and our ability to develop solutions that overcome the most complex of challenges for our customers. This is not only integral to everything we do as an organisation, but also the driving force behind delivering ever-improving safety standards for commercial divers operating in the offshore industry.”

To meet the requirement for 500-meter rated products, JFD updated its existing technology to provide greater performance capacity, as well as developing entirely new products, all of which have to be verified and proven at this lower operational depth.

The new technology utilised by JFD has enabled multiple products to be designed that are able to cope with increased pressure, increased ability to heat and cool the divers’ living environment and increased transfer of gas and fluids at this extreme operational depth, the company explained.

JFD has previously modified its range of equipment in 2014, as part of a saturation diving system built for the Russian Navy to support submarine rescue operations, JFD saturation diving products were enhanced for 450msw operation and incorporated within the diving vessel Igor Belousov.