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Ship-spotters head for Sunderland as DeepOcean’s flagship vessel visits city

The Havila Phoenix, docked at Port of Sunderland.

The Havila Phoenix, docked at Port of Sunderland.

THIS massive visitor is becoming a familiar sight on the Wear.

DeepOcean’s flagship vessel, The Havila Phoenix, has been a regular visitor to Port of Sunderland while carrying out work for oil giant BP.

The massive ship houses two ROVs (remotely operated vehicles) and a T1000 jet trencher, all of which are used for subsea work, invaluable to the oil, gas and renewable markets.

The port has welcomed the vessel several times, with her presence bringing ship-spotters to Wearside each time she has docked. Port director Matthew Hunt said: “We’re always pleased to see vessels return to the port – it proves we are impressing the businesses we are working with.

“And it is even more exciting to see those businesses trust us to deliver the goods as they embark on establishing new relationships – in this case, working with an organisation of DeepOcean’s stature.

“The subsea industry is a multi-billion dollar industry globally and is going from strength to strength, and we’re delighted to be supporting that.”

Steve Marshall, senior project manager at DeepOcean, said: “A number of DeepOcean vessel mobilisations have made good use of the Port of Sunderland facilities.”

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