Ocean Evolution

Our US-flagged, industry-leading subsea construction vessel, MSV Ocean Evolution, offers a turnkey solution backed by a portfolio of advanced technologies ready to solve your most complex challenges.

Supports advanced life-of-field operations

Ocean Evolution supports rapid response with the industry’s most ecologically friendly and capable Jones Act-compliant subsea construction vessel available in the Gulf of Mexico in depths up to 13,323 ft (4,000 m). 

Reduces the complexity of managing multiple vendors and scheduling

Certified for the transport of hazardous cargo

Redundant systems reduce need to return to port if there is an issue — increasing uptime and reducing costs

Service Capabilities

  • ROV and diving operations

  • Flowline, umbilical, and pre- and post-mat installation

  • Hydrate remediation

  • Subsea pumping 

  • Well stimulation and intervention

  • Inspection, maintenance, and repair (IMR) activities

  • Tree installation and removal

  • Well abandonment and wireline services

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The Design

Designed to accommodate 110 people, Ocean Evolution is based on the MT 6022 Norwegian hull design and was built to an ABS Habitation Plus (Hab+) notation.

Ocean Evolution is equipped with two work-class remotely operated vehicles (ROVs), deployable from hangars, with active heave compensated (AHC) launch and recovery systems (LARS) on either side of the vessel. 

Special Features

Low Carbon Emissions

Ocean Evolution is an ecologically-friendly vessel holding a Green Passport. It was built for reliability with five low-emission EPA Tier 4 diesel engines with a combined generating capacity of 16 MW on a three-bus system. Ocean Evolution’s fifth engine and third bus provide redundancy, allowing the vessel to stay on location should a failure occur.

Enhanced Station Keeping

Ocean Evolution can maintain position even during extreme weather conditions. The vessel’s position is held using two tunnel thrusters and a drop down thruster in the bow along with two e Azipull thrusters in the stern. Props on the propulsion systems can be turned 360⁰ and were designed to optimize dynamic positioning of the vessel.

Lifting Power

Measuring 353 ft (107.6 m) long, and weighing 6,000 T, Ocean Evolution is equipped with a 250 mT AHC crane with a 13,000 ft (4,000 m) work capacity. The crane also has a special lifting mode that provides 118 ft (36 m) of hook height above the main deck, allowing crews to lift tall wellheads, large pin piles, and other oversized equipment off the deck.

Strong Deck

The vessel’s 12,595 ft2 (1170 m2) steel-constructed deck is designed to carry heavy loads and to accommodate multiple applications. The deck can support 2,048 lbf/ft2 (10 MT/m2 ) or a total of 2,200 MT(4.85 million lbf). The steel deck enables easier and faster welding to secure equipment.

Storage Capacity

Ocean Evolution can accommodate fluids needed for well stimulation and hydrate treatment with tanks for special products with a total capacity of 109,000 gallons (412.6 m3).

Unique Bridge

Ocean Evolution features a unique bridge, configured with starboard and port redundant control stations to provide full view of crane operations and ROV deployment on each side of the vessel.

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Company page Since our founding in the early 1960s, Oceaneering has expanded and grown globally to service several industries such as the offshore energy industry, defense, entertainment, material handling, aerospace, science, and renewable energy industries. In 1964, Mike Hughes and Johnny Johnson formed a Gulf of Mexico diving company called World Wide Divers. The company grew in response to increasing demand for their services and in 1969 merged with two other diving companies to form Oceaneering International, Inc. To solve the toughest challenges, we do things differently, creatively, and smarter. As your trusted partner, our unmatched experience and truly innovative portfolio of technologies and solutions give us the flexibility to adapt and evolve, regardless of market conditions. Our mission is to solve the unsolvable. We thrive by creating industry-changing technically creative solutions for the most complex operational challenges under water, on land, and in space. Our five core values establish a common culture and demonstrate what is most important for us as a company. Since the beginning, the company has transformed from a small regional diving company into a global provider of engineered products and services. Today, we develop products and services for use throughout the lifecycle of an offshore oilfield, from drilling to decommissioning. We operate the world's premier fleet of work class ROVs. Additionally, we are a leader in offshore oilfield maintenance services, umbilicals, subsea hardware, and tooling. We also serve the aerospace, defense, and theme park industries. Underpinning everything we do, safety is not only the foundation of our core values, but it is vital to our unmatched performance record and company culture. The industries we serve are as diverse as they are complex. Whether we are engineering deepwater umbilicals or developing robotics for aerospace applications, the safety and health of our employees, vendors, and customers is an integral part of our day-to-day business. If we are working, then our responsibility is to be working safely. Since our inception in 1964, we have placed a high value on employee safety—from diving services and subsea inspection to vessel-based installation operations. We have and will continue to evolve not only our health, safety, and environmental (HSE) processes, but those of the industries in which we work. Although we have been fatality-free since 1999, our HSE journey goes beyond statistics. As our portfolio of services has grown, we have continued to prioritize and advance our approach to HSE.