THE KEEL of subsea operations vessel Tasik Toba was laid at the Fujian Mawei shipyard in a keel laying ceremony in January, developers have announced.

The vessel is the first designed by Singapore-based subsea company Tasik Subsea, which says the 150 metre long vessel will be able to support a crane of at least 150 tonnes as a safe working load and able to reach a 3000 metre working depth.

According to its specifications, the Tasik Toba will be dynamically positioned and have a 300 metre rated saturation diving system, as well as hangar facilities suitable for two deep water remotely operated vehicles and accommodation for 120 people.

The finished vessel is scheduled for delivery in the first quarter of 2017, starting work on a confirmed long term charter.