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Underwater Vehicles



Bibby Offshore Receives Completes Hyperbaric Rescue Trials Aberdeen-based subsea installation contractor Bibby Offshore is leading the way in saturation diving safety in the North Sea after recently carrying out fully successful evacuation trials. The trials involved mating a Self Propelled Hyperbaric Lifeboat (SPHL) from the company’s Diving Support Vessel (DSV), Bibby Sapphire, to a Portable Hyperbaric

UT2 August 2012

Reception Facility onshore. Saturation diving requires divers to live in a confined area on the vessel that has a controlled atmosphere. This allows them to work at depths of up to 300m below sea level. However, it can take up to seven days for the divers to decompress to normal atmospheric conditions. In the case of an emergency, such as a fire


or sinking ship, the divers need to be transferred to the SPHL, which would then be launched from the ship and sailed to safety, awaiting rescue. The Portable Hyperbaric Reception Facility, built by Mimir Marine, is a shore based point that allows saturation divers to be transferred from a SPHL to a more comfortable living area, pre-set at the correct

UT3 August 2012  
UT3 August 2012  

The August edition of UT3, the magazine of the SUT