Ultra Deep Solutions orders ultra-deep multipurpose DSCV

Ultra Deep Solutions (UDS) has announced that it has entered a contract to build one Ultra Deep Installer – Multipurpose Diving Support Construction Vessel, with an option for the second vessel with an established China-based shipbuilding company, Shanghai Zhenhua Heavy Industries (ZPMC).


This is in line with their growth strategy to design, construct and operate technologically-advanced specialized construction vessels. The vessel, which is based on the proprietary design “Red Class 6027” MT design DSCV, is a DP3, 142-meter state-of-the-art multipurpose subsea diving support construction vessel, and the planned delivery of the first vessel is early 2017.

The contract, with an investment value of approximately USD $200M each vessel, marks UDS’s strategy to provide vessels with high tech solutions to the offshore industry worldwide. Leveraging on its years of experience in the subsea industry, UDS has combined the high tech, 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 4000m water depth, in collaboration with Marin Teknikk Norway, the world’s renowned global ship designer of such highly-spec vessels.

This new Ultra-Deep DSCV is equipped with Unique Hydra’s 18-man twin bell Saturation Dive System. Some of the features of the vessel are a 400 VLT in the reinforced moon pool area. The vessel also has 2 x 250HP Work Class ROV’s 3000-meter working depth installed in ROV hangers inside the vessel. In addition, it will have a 400 ton crane which has depth capability to 5200 m single fall and 3200m dual fall. The vessel’s 1,500m² open deck space and deck strength 10 ton² can facilitate a wide range of project required machinery and equipment.

The company says that the vessel is prepared for world‐wide operations in the deep and ultra-deep oil and gas sector projects.

 “With only 30 similarly-size 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-deep water 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,” says Shel Hutton, Chief Executive Officer of UDS.

Main Specifications of the new vessel:
Length overall 142.90 m
Breadth moulded 27.00 m
Depth Main deck 11.00 m
Dead Weight 8,000 ton
Main Deck 1,500 m² @ 10.0t/m²
Capt. Deck 650 m² @ 2.0t/m²
Main Crane Huisman 400t
Dual fall 3200 m
Single fall 5200 m
Trial speed 14 knots
Accommodation 140 person

Classification Notations:
DNVGL + 1A1, EO, SPS, DSV-SAT, Diving System-Sat, NAUT-OSV(A), CLEAN DESIG, DYNPOS AUTRO, COMF-C(3) V(3), ICE 1C, CRANE, HELDK-SH, DK(+), BIS, Winterized Basic.

Press Release, September 01, 2014