The Vocean Falcon previously upgraded to 400m capability recently set a new record for operating depth while conducting a cable survey in the Mediterranean.
This record affirms the capability of Falcon to operate at such depth. The previous record of 376m was set inside a steel lined Penstock tunnel at a Hydro Power plant.
The new record has been achieved in open water, while carrying a Smartrak 9 cable detection system. Open water presents challenges of umbilical management, mid water currents and vessel positioning. These were successfully and skillfully overcome by pilot Dan Auton and his support team without having to attach a clump weight to the umbilical.