Explorer Victor Vescovo’s unique manned submersible ‘Limiting Factor’ and the Hadal Exploration System commercially certified for multiple dives to full ocean depth (“FOD”) by DNV-GL; support ship ‘Pressure Drop’ outfitted with Kongsberg EM124 FOD multi-beam sonar; and ancillary support craft, equipment, and spares.
The vessels comprise the world’s only platform for repeated deployments to FOD with minimal turnround, and the integrated platform is useable for oceanographic research, archaeological discovery, geological survey, and uncovering entirely new data in the unexplored vastness of earth’s oceans.
The vessels have successfully undertaken over 60 dives to date: the submersible has visited the five deepest points on the planet , visited Challenger Deep (the deepest point in the oceans) fourteen times, filmed and accurately mapped over one million square kilometres of ocean floor, and collected soil samples at depths of almost 11 km (7 miles).
‘Limiting Factor’: Built: Triton Submarines LLC , 2018. Commercially Classed by DNV-GL. Max persons onboard: 2. Max depth unlimited. Attained depth: 10,928m (35,853 feet) at Challenger Deep 14 times.
‘Pressure Drop’: Oceanographic research and deep diving support. Built Tacoma 1985, converted 2002, substantially refitted 2018. Flag: Marshall Is. IMO 8833867. Class ABS. LOA 68.3m, Beam 13.1m. Draft 4.6m. Main engines: 2 General Electric direct current electric motors driven by 4 Caterpillar gensets. Max 10 kts. Bow thruster 550hp. Dry & Wet Science Labs. Command & Control Centre. Retractable Submersible Hangar. 12ton A-Frame Launch & Recovery System. Kongsberg SIMRAD EM124 FOD capable Multi-Beam Echo Sounder (MBES). Three FOD capable scientific landers with sample collection, underwater navigation, and hi-definition video recording capability. Kongsberg EA640 Echo Sounder. Accommodation: 49 pax in 26 cabins. 18-20 crew.
Full plans and particulars are available on request.
The vessels have recently commenced a four-month programme of dives in the Western Pacific, including the first-ever manned descent into the Philippine Trench, exploration of the deepest naval wrecks in the world off Samar Island, and two additional months of scientific exploration off Western Australia. They will be available for delivery thereafter.
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