Custom-designed dive support units delivered to Stapem Offshore

Custom-designed dive support units delivered to Stapem Offshore
Stapem Beluga will be followed into service by a sister unit, Stapem Narval, which is currently under construction

Incat Crowther in Australia is well known for the crewboats it designs but has also provided owners with several dive support units, of which Stapem Beluga is the latest

Stapem Beluga, the first of two Incat Crowther-designed 18 m aluminium dive support catamarans, has arrived in Angola early in 2018.

Built under ABS survey by Legacy Marine Group in Port Elizabeth, South Africa, for French oil and gas services company Stapem Offshore, the Marshall Islands-flagged vessel will operate off the Angolan coast where it will begin work.

The vessel design was fully customised to suit the clients specific operational requirements and is equipped with a bow configuration specific to the landings on floating production, storage and offloading units and platforms for safe transfer of personnel. The vessel also has custom-fitted fendering suited to the operational conditions.

Equipment fitted to the vessel includes a three-person Unique Hydra nitrox air dive system, complete with multiple video and two-way communication as well as data-logging systems, onboard high-pressure and low-pressure air compressors, underwater welding facilities, Caviblaster underwater high-pressure washer, full diesel engine-driven hydraulics system for subsea tools and deck crane, twin aircon units and FP duty and standby diesel generators.

The vessel is also fitted with lighting to support night operatio....

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