Winter 2020

China’s 500m diving system ready for trials

JFD has commenced the final phase of the rigorous testing of the 24-man, 500m modular saturation diving system it is supplying to Chinese company, Shanghai Salvage.

The system has been shipped from the assembly site in China to the testing site for trials which mark the culmination of a multi-million-pound contract secured in November 2016 with one of the largest professional salvage companies in China. 

JFD designed and manufactured the system and all its components at its facilities in Singapore, South Africa and the UK. Weighing in at 1100 tonnes, this system is the largest modular diving complex ever designed and built. It incorporates advanced, state-of-the-art technology which will allow the safe conduct of 500msw diving, which is a depth significantly beyond the capability of the majority of standard diving systems (350msw). All product equipment within the system has to undergo stringent operational testing to verify performance at this extreme operational depth. 

Shanghai Salvage has recognised the key benefits associated with JFD systems and we are delighted to support this customer once again, having previously supplied them with a 300msw modular dive system, as their diving operations advance into deeper waters,’ says Danny Gray, JFD managing director.  

JFD prides itself on its exemplary safety record and innovative engineering expertise which has been developed over the past 35 years and allowus to deliver highly specialised and technologically advanced systems of exceptional quality. 

This new system will strengthen Shanghai Salvage’s subsea operational capability and support its growth into deeper diving operations. This system pushes the boundaries of capabilities for manned undersea operations and the technical challenges of providing a safe life support system at these depths in unsurpassed.   

The system will be fitted to Shanghai Salvage’s deep-water capable new dive support vessel (a high-specification DP3 multi-purpose vessel for worldwide operations).   

It will offer cutting-edge advantages to the team involved in the execution of a complete range of offshore and subsea projects in some of the most challenging subsea environments worldwide. 

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