Unique Conversion Job Completed By LEEVAC

The completion by LEEVAC Shipyards of a one-of-a-kind, highly specialized vessel conversion for Cal Dive International (CDI), a worldwide full-service oilfield diving contractor, was announced recently by Jerry Bostic, president of LEEVAC Corporation. LEEVAC's Jennings, La., shipyard was selected by CDI to convert a 190-foot supply vessel to a diving support craft. Designed for saturation diving at depths to 1,000 feet for prolonged periods of time, this vessel is said to be the only one of its kind operating in the Gulf of Mexico, according to Jerry Reuhl, CDI general manager, domestic group. Features of the conversion include a midship moon pool through which the diving bell is lowered, and a totally enclosed operations system. Because all equipment is located below deck, there is an open deck area of approximately 80 by 30 feet, allowing for additional offshore support services. To accomplish this, hull tanks were converted to machinery and operations spaces

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