DeepOcean successfully completes trenching project in US Gulf of Mexico
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DeepOcean successfully completes trenching project in US Gulf of Mexico

22 January 2024 – The US operation of ocean services provider DeepOcean has successfully completed the burial of a fuel support pipeline in the US Gulf of Mexico on behalf of Genesis Energy after introducing its jet trenching system to the US market.

DeepOcean’s cutting-edge trenching system, UT-1, was utilised for the burial of a portion of the High Island A5 fuel support pipeline. The UT-1 delivered superior results on the designated six-inch pipeline sections, meeting burial requirements that included a three-mile section stretching across the Sabine Pass Fairway that called for the pipeline to be lowered to 10-foot top of product.

The trenching work was conducted from the Volantis subsea construction vessel, which conducted its first job in US waters. The Volantis has been on charter to DeepOcean since 2008.

"We are thrilled to introduce our UT-1 jet trenching system and the Volantis to the US market. The UT-1 is capable of drastically changing the trenching industry in US waters, providing our clients with the same, unparalleled results we have seen in other regions worldwide,” says Tony Stokes, president of DeepOcean’s US operation.

DeepOcean's UT-1 is a versatile 2,800hp trencher capable of conducting subsea trenching for cables and pipelines up to 46” in diameter. It can trench products in excess of 3metres deep, in water depths up to 2,500 metres. It is also capable of carrying out backfill operations to provide further pipeline protection.

The UT-1 is coupled with the DPII Volantis subsea construction vessel to offer precise and efficient trenching solutions with high operational reliability, capable of handling the most challenging subsea environments and seabed conditions.

Going forward, the Volantis and UT-1 are scheduled for further projects both offshore in the US and globally, offering a wide range of trenching services for subsea pipelines and cables.

“The UT-1 ensures the integrity and stability of subsea assets, enhancing the overall reliability of subsea infrastructure. We are confident that the combination of the UT-1 and the Volantis exceed the expectations of our US customers,” adds Tony Stokes.


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About DeepOcean

DeepOcean is a world-leading ocean services provider, enabling energy transition and sustainable use of ocean resources, offering survey, engineering, project management, installation, maintenance, and recycling services for oil and gas, offshore renewables, deep sea minerals, and other ocean services.  

Across the global offices, DeepOcean is a trusted independent solutions provider with highly skilled industry experts, using world-class fit-for-purpose tools and technology to drive cost-efficient and safe operations. The company delivers innovative engineering solutions focusing on remote and unmanned operations and digitally-enabled services while continuously striving to lower the carbon footprint.

DeepOcean is owned by Triton, a leading European mid-market sector-specialist investor. As an active owner, Triton supports its portfolio companies to reach their full potential and works closely with DeepOcean to drive value creation. Founded in 1997, Triton invests in businesses that provide important goods and services in the Business Services, Industrial Tech, Healthcare, and Consumer sectors.