Diving support vessels are specialized offshore vessels that are used for professional diving practices. Commercial divers are employed by the maritime industry in order to inspect and maintain rigs and platforms. As a base for these divers to work from, they will likely use a diving support vessel. These vessels began to be used as available deck space on rigs lessened. Divers need a lot of room to operate because of their equipment. They also need necessary supervision. These practices are best conducted on one of these specialized vessels as opposed to the rig itself. One of the things that these types of ships are built to do is stay in one position.
This way, they won't drift from the dive site. They do this by what is called a dynamic positioning function. Also included on these vessels is a saturation diving system. This has helium and oxygen in order to safely maintain a diver as they are under pressure. Divers are under increasing pressure the deeper that they travel under water. If anything goes wrong on one of these ships, the diver could be at risk for injury or death. At the same time, those who work on deck may be at risk for deck accidents, just like on any other offshore vessel.
Our firm is passionate about defending the rights of injured offshore workers. Those who practice commercial diving or commercial diving support have an extremely dangerous job to do. Extreme care and caution is needed to maintain a safe balance. Even the slightest slip can cause injury. If you were injured in this type of accident, call an offshore injury lawyer from our firm today! We are proud to offer free case consultations.
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