Ocean farming services provider Abyss Aqua has returned to boatbuilder Maritime Partner with an order for a new Alusafe 1500 light diving vessel (LDV).
The newbuild will be similar, in terms of design, to Fosna Triton (pictured, right), which Maritime Partner delivered to Abyss Aqua in May 2016 (see Significant Small Ships of 2016, pages 26-28). Technical particulars are set to include a length of 15m (or 16.36m overall), a 4.6m overall beam and the capacity to carry six crew members and four divers.
A Scania DI13 engine, driving a Hamilton HJ364 waterjet, will provide a top speed of approximately 35knots, granting the boat the ability to cover a wide area and conduct multiple operations each day, including inspection diving for hulls and nets. The LDV will also “assist with service missions, such as delousing,” Maritime Partner comments.
According to Abyss Aqua: “Although the vessel is only 15m long, [its] layout is very well utilised. The crew has a safe workplace…when finishing a long and cold underwater operation, it is nice to enter a spacious vessel with a warmed deck and warmed facilities.”