Third Hukkelberg for Techno Dive

Hukkelberg Boats 1411 LDC 'Katrine' (Photo: Kjell Stian Brunes) Hukkelberg Boats 1411 LDC 'Katrine' (Photo: Kjell Stian Brunes)

Techno Dive AS, a diving company located in Haugesund, Norway, was handed its new diving vessel Katrine from Hukkelberg Boats in July.

The vessel is an HB 1411 LDC (Light Diving Craft), and is equipped to perform most subsea inspection, service and maintenance jobs in the Norwegian aquaculture industry.

The diving system aboard is designed and produced by Safe Air Diving, which has collaborated with Hukkelberg on the installation. The system is set up for two divers, and a large bottle bank with lightweight composite bottles. In addition to the logging system from Fathom, there is also a system for diving-suit heating, electronic monitoring of bailout pressure and a number of other functions to maintain safety and good working-conditions for both divers and diving supervisors.

The vessel is 14.9 metres long and almost 3.8 metres in beam. It is equipped with twin Yanmar 6LY440 engines driving HJ 322 waterjets from Hamilton, giving the vessel a top speed of around 33 knots fully loaded. It also has Hamilton’s Blue Arrow manoeuvring system and Jet Anchor positioning system, making manoeuvring and handling of the vessel simple, as well as reducing fuel consumption and wear on the machinery.

In addition to generator, compressor, hydraulic aggregate and high pressure hose systems, the vessel is equipped with a deck crane to handle an ROV. It is also possible to drill rock bolts and hose underwater. A drying room and a workshop are located in front of the large aft deck, and in the spacious superstructure there is a toilet, pantry, resting benches and a saloon for the crew.

“We are proud to build Katrine, which has now become the third Hukkelberg vessel in Techno Dive’s fleet. The vessel we have delivered today is a result of many years of experience in building special vessels to the diving industry, in combination with a good collaboration with Techno Dive”, said Thomas Breivik, sales manager for Hukkelberg Boats.

Department manager for aquaculture at Techno Dive AS, Espen Odland Mörch, is also very pleased with the new vessel: “Exactly like a Swiss Army Knife, Katrine is a very versatile tool that fits perfect to our portfolio of services, and will help us perform services for our customers in a better and more efficient way.”

By Jake Frith

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