A total of 104 submersibles make up the world fleet, the greatest portion of which serves the offshore oil industry, with 88 of those units active and 16 under construction or planned. The working total includes 58 manned and 30 unmanned units. The vehicles on the drawing board are broken out into seven manned and nine unmanned submersibles. The 1977 count is up only four units over last years's, but this is somewhat deceptive, as the petroleum industry's portion of the submersible market has grown much more than this number indicates. In fact, oilfield work has proven to be the greatest incentive to improve the depth and operating capabilities for submersibles. Only those vehicles involved in offshore oil, military and scientific work are included in this year's survey. Submersibles employed for coral collection, fisheries research, photography and general utility tasks were dropped. Any retired or inactive units were also discontinued. The survey lists the names of the operator, home port, builder, area of operation, lenght (ft), breadth (ft), weight (lbs), support ship, type, power source, motor description, umbilical lgth, (ft), no. of crew, life support duration, work capabilities and special equipment.

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    Petroleum Publishing Company

    1200 South Post Oak Road
    Houston, TX  United States  77027
  • Publication Date: 1977-8

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  • Pagination: 7 p.
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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00167740
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Offshore
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jan 13 1978 12:00AM