A new one-atmosphere test dive tank that can be utilised for multiple subsea applications is under construction.

Phoenix dive tank

The new Phoenix dive tank is expected to play an important role in the development and application of new underwater technologies. Photo: Phoenix International

The Phoenix International Holdings, Inc. test tank will measure 13’ 6” OD X 40’ H and hold 39,700 gallons. Uses include underwater weld testing (both wet and dry habitat conditions), underwater Nondestructive Testing (NDT) applications, and performance trials including underwater welding certifications and underwater tooling calibration and testing.

Phoenix area manager, Troy Turner, stated: “The tank will play an essential role in conducting diver certifications, training, development, and testing, as well as the development and application of new underwater technologies that Phoenix has become known for.” He continued, “It will also be available to our clients who require specific underwater testing for any equipment or materials prior to project execution.”

Features of the tank, which is being built in Phoenix’s Bayou Vista, LA facility, include an open walkway encircling the top to maintain a fully accessible workspace, and strategically placed viewports around the tank which will allow monitoring of activities both inside and outside of the dedicated dive control station.

Core Samples, geo technical and civil engineering requirements are being completed, and groundbreaking is currently underway for the foundation. Phoenix plans to have the tank completed by the 4th quarter of this year.

By Rebecca Jeffrey