VESSEL REVIEW | ADNOC MD 01 – Dive support catamaran designed for UAE waters

Photo: Robert Allan Ltd

UAE state-owned Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) will soon commence operations of a new dive support vessel (DSV) built locally by Grandweld Shipyards.

ADNOC MD 01 is the first vessel in a series of two aluminium dive support catamarans designed by Canadian naval architecture firm Robert Allan Ltd. Design work was done in compliance to Bureau Veritas class requirements.

The DSV has an LOA of 24.9 metres, a moulded beam of eight metres, a maximum draught of two metres, a moulded depth of 3.15 metres, and a gross tonnage of 192. Two main engines that each produce 1,030 kW at 2,100 rpm drive four-bladed propellers via Reintjes WVS 430/1 gearboxes to enable speeds of up to 19.4 knots. The tunnel clearance was designed to be particularly generous to prevent slamming of the wing deck structure while underway.  A comprehensive CFD program was used to predict resistance during early design work.

The vessel is provided with comprehensive equipment for shallow-water dive support including a decompression chamber, dive air compressors, cylinders for compressed air and other gases, hose reels for underwater tools, and diver air supply gear. The wide beam of the vessel allows for a spacious full deckhouse width dive compartment with a diver rest area, a separated supervisor area, and an integrated decompression chamber with direct access to the open deck. Diving operations can take place on either side of the vessel or on the integrated swim platforms at the stern.

A large 6.5-metre workboat and a crane with a 10-metre working radius is situated on top of the deckhouse to avoid interference with dive operations. The main tank capacities are 8,100 litres, 4,800 litres, and 600 litres for fuel oil, fresh water, and sewage, respectively.

The accommodations are for a crew of five and up to seven divers. There are three double crew cabins with a mess and a galley provided in the deckhouse whilst all belowdeck compartments are dedicated to the propulsion machinery and the dive equipment.

The wheelhouse is designed to provide maximum all-round visibility with an exceptional view to the bow and sides as well as dive operations on the aft deck via CCTV cameras.

Type of vessel: Dive support vessel
Flag: UAE
Owner: Abu Dhabi National Oil Company, UAE
Designer: Robert Allan Ltd, Canada
Builder: Grandweld Shipyards, UAE
Hull construction material: Aluminium
Superstructure construction material: Aluminium
Length overall: 24.9 metres
Beam: 8.0 metres
Draught: 2.0 metres
Depth: 3.15 metres
Gross tonnage: 192
Main engines: 2 x Baudouin 12M26.3, each 1,030 kW at 2,100 rpm
Gearboxes: 2 x Reintjes WVS 430/1
Propulsion: 2 x propellers
Maximum speed: 19.4 knots
Cameras: CCTV
Other equipment installed: Decompression chambers; dive air compressors; gas cylinders; hose reels; diver air supply gear
Fuel capacity: 8,100 litres
Freshwater capacity: 4,800 litres
Sewage capacity: 600 litres
Accommodation: 3 x cabins; mess; galley
Crew: 5
Passengers: 7
Operational area: UAE

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