James Fisher Subsea is an industry leader in the design and manufacture of bespoke deck decompression chambers.
JF Subsea manufactures all deck decompression chambers (DDC) that comply with International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) and Lloyd's Register, or DNV GL standards. Deck decompression chambers are available in a range of diameters and configured in different layouts, typically at least two compartments, two person systems, and range from an internal diameter of 1.4m up to 2.0m.
- In-built gas supplies (smaller footprints)
- Integrated dive controls (a dive spread in one 20′ container)
- Silenced, three-phase electric high output compressors
- Diesel back-up compressor and generator as standard
- Recordable video and communications
- Video of operator and occupants transmitted to dive control
The entry lock is used for the transfer under pressure of personnel or large equipment into the main chamber when at depth. It has a built-in breathing-system (BIBS) for the therapeutic oxygen treatment of two occupants at one time. Full communications with the operator, both electrical and sound powered phone for the event of a power loss, hyperbaric lighting and oxygen percentage analysis equipment as well as a hyperbaric fire extinguisher plus seating for two occupants.
The main lock has a CO2 scrubber, heating mats, lighting, a medical lock for the transfer of provisions and medical supplies, beds with hyperbaric bedding, a full decompression medical kit and hyperbaric fire extinguishers.
Containerised decompression chambers
Containerised deck decompression chamber packages can be supplied in various sizes, combinations and finishes to suit any application on request. Offshore packages are in containers built to BS.EN.12079 or DVN 2.7.1 specifications. All units can be fitted out with insulation, heating, cooling and dual function packages as required.
JF Subsea's decompression chamber typical specifications
1.8 Twin lock chamber:
The chamber is a twin lock decompression chamber, designed to PD 5500 standards, which is built under survey and has design approval by Lloyd's Register of Shipping.
|Design code||PD 5500: 2009 category 1|
|Design pressure||6 barg|
|Hydrostatic test pressure||8.3 barg|
|Design temperature||-10° to +38°|
|Main lock volume||7.2m|
|Entry lock volume||3.07m³|
|3 x view ports|
|Control panel supplied with quality gauges and valves, either partition wall mounted or chamber mounted|
|JF Subsea medical lock with stainless steel door and pressure interlock safety system (external only)|
|Entry lock seat|
|2 x bunk beds|
|5 x overboard dump BIBS masks (3 x main lock and 2 x entry lock)|
|2 x sets of BIBS oxygen distribution inlet and dump valves and manifolds|
|2 x sets of BIBS treatment mix inlet and dump valves and manifolds|
|Hyperbaric fire extinguisher|
|Emergency gas scrubber|
|Chamber observation CCTV system|
|Externally mounted chamber heating system (heater mat type)|
|2 diver Amcom communications radio|
|Sound powered emergency communications telephone system|
|Oxygen and carbon dioxide analysers|
|Removable floor plates|
|Set of system control valve (all pressure hull gas services valved internally and externally)|
20' x 9' containerised deck decompression chamber package
DDC containers can fabricated to suit any application.
|Survey authority||Det Norske Veritas|
|Certification body||DNV 2.7.1|
|Design code||BS.EN.12079:2006 - parts 1 & 2|
|Container tested in accordance with DNV 2.7.1 requirements|
|Supplied with lifting set in accordance with BS.EN.13414-1: 2003|
|1 x set container double doors|
|3 x personnel doors|
|Paint to offshore specification|
|Partition wall or chamber mounted controls available|
|BA escape set for chamber operator|
|Insulated and boarded out|
|Air conditioning system|
|Storage drawers and lockers|
|3 phase power supply entering container via application inlet plug|
|All mains power supplies run internally via trunking|
|2 x high frequency strip lights with maintained emergency backup facility|
|1 x 7 kva multi taped switchable transformer|
|2 x eternally mounted earth bosses|