Thrust Maritime has been selected to provide a remote hyperbaric recovery and reception capabilities for Malaysia-based SapuraAcergy’s new offshore gas project in Myanmar.

SapuraAcergy will use the technology to ensure the safe recovery of saturation divers during a diving catastrophe on the Total-owned Badamyar Low Compression Platform project.

As part of the project, Thrust will install man-riding A-Frame and a hyperbaric reception facility (HRF) with associated mating and life support equipment on the hyperbaric rescue vessel (HRV).

This allows for immediate evacuation and treatment of the dive team.

The man-riding A-Frames called THORs are used for the recovery of self-propelled hyperbaric lifeboats (SPHLs) and hyperbaric rescue capsules (HRCs).

THOR can be used to recover SPHLs and HRCs in the challenging offshore conditions.

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"Having the HRF on-board allows immediate access for medical support and commencement of decompression within two hours of an incident."

They are helpful for offshore personnel in the event of an incident with the dive support vessel.

Thrust Maritime managing director Ben Healy said: "As this operation is in a remote area, the traditional approach of leaving the HRF at port would mean the time spent on the HRV would significantly increase risk to the divers, having the HRF on-board allows immediate access for medical support and commencement of decompression within two hours of an incident."

"Thrust Maritime is incredibly proud to have won the contract for this project, a project that will redefine the term ALARP (as low as reasonably practical) with respect to hyperbaric evacuation."

The equipment will be installed in Malaysia in March. Diving operations are planned to be conducted in the northern sector of the Andaman Sea in Myanmar during the second quarter of 2016.

Image: The THOR A-Frame and HRF shown on the aft deck of the HRV. Photo: courtesy of Thrust Maritime.