Subsea construction support vessel cleared for deployment
Oceaneering’s advanced subsea construction support vessel, Ocean Evolution, has completed sea trials and received all necessary ABS and U.S. Coast Guard certifications and is currently in Port Fourchon, La., completing final outfitting and preparing for project work scheduled to begin in June.
The Ocean Evolution is an advanced, U.S.-flagged, Jones Act-compliant, multi-service vessel (MSV) in the market. Its capabilities are headlined by its 250 mT active heave compensated (AHC) crane, two work-class remotely operated vehicles (ROVs) with AHC launch systems, survey systems and subsea tooling all built for work in up to 4,000 m water depths. The vessel serves the deepwater stimulation and intervention needs of our customers with its well stimulation and well intervention design, ABS well stimulation and well intervention (WS/WI) ready notation and under deck capacity to store special products.
Ocean Evolution features a unique layout bridge, configured with port and starboard redundant control stations. These control station locations provide bridge officers and DPOs a better view of crane operations, ROV deployment and simultaneous operations (SIMOPS) with other vessels and platforms on each side of the vessel. As a result, offshore operations are safer and more productive.
Ocean Evolution is built with five low-emission EPA Tier 4 diesel engines with a combined generating capacity of 16 MW on a three-bus system. The Tier 4 rating is the EPA’s strictest emission requirements for non-road diesel engines and the combination of five engines and third bus provides enough excess capacity to allow full capability and redundancy of the vessel if one engine is down for maintenance.
The features and capabilities for the vessel are designed to provide customers with installation services for subsea tiebacks, solutions for subsea maintenance, repair and decommissioning and well stimulation and light well intervention services.
Mike Ellis, Vice President, Subsea Projects, said, “The Ocean Evolution is a world class vessel ready to service the construction and intervention needs of our customers in deepwater. We are excited about the upcoming integrated services that will be provided with this vessel when combined with Oceaneering’s portfolio of subsea products and services. This combination will provide unmatched productivity, safety, and value for many years to come.”