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DRASS at UDS 2020

DRASS is glad to share some pictures from the recent Underwater Defence & Security Exhibition held in Southampton.
We want to thank all of our visitors once again for taking the time to stop by for a chat.
See you at UDS 2021!

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Drass Helmet and Life Support Equipment Test Facility

DRASS has been selected by a reputable manufacturer of SCUBA regulators as the facility to perform their annual product testing according to EN 250 standard.
Such tests are performed using DRASS’ recently manufactured Life Support Equipment Test Facility, capable of testing SCUBA, diving regulators, diving helmets and rebreathers according to applicable standards. DRASS performs a full range of tests including breathing performance up to 50 bar ambient pressure using air, nitrox or helium, both in gas or submerged, cold testing (2-4 °C) with humidification and heating of the breathing gas, carbon dioxide testing, noise testing, etc.
Thanks to the rotating capability of the test tank, vertical and horizontal tests of breathing apparatus can be performed during the same session without the need to vent and blow down the tank between tests.

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At the end of January DRASS had the pleasure of welcoming the Mayor of Livorno, Mr. Luca Salvetti, for a site visit. This was an opportunity to meet DRASS staff, tour the company departments including the entire production facilities, and give a speech for the benefit of all staff. The mayor praised the technology and organisation of DRASS activities and was also impressed with DRASS’ green initiatives and graduate training programme. Mayor Salvetti promised support to overcome the actual logistical issues of the area surrounding DRASS, and he commended the significant number of young people working in complex, high technology roles within DRASS. We thank Mayor Salvetti once again for his visit and support.

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D-ONE Commercial Diving Helmet

Since its beginnings in the early 1900s, DRASS Galeazzi continues its legacy of innovation in the commercial diving sector. Extensive field experience coupled with decades of innovative technological advances brought DRASS Galeazzi Research & Development to embark on its latest cutting-edge project in 2017: the design and development of the D-ONE Drass Diving Helmet.
D-ONE represents the highest echelon of product which DRASS proudly offers to the market.
With the vision that these innovations incorporated in D-ONE would revolutionize diver safety, comfort and operability, Drass is confident that D-ONE will prove indispensable to operators in this technological and demanding sector.

Amongst many of its enhanced features, the helmet’s ergonomically engineered rear-angled design allows for a more comfortable experience providing divers with an improved range of motion with decreased fatigue, especially when facing upwards. The helmet also offers an increased and optimized visual field with a simplified donning and removal process.
Don’t miss the opportunity to get hands-on with the new D-ONE at our upcoming launch!

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New Project

We are delighted to announce that DRASS has been awarded a CONTRACT to supply an advanced diving system for the new Submarine Rescue Ship ASR-II of the Korean Navy, The ASR-II ship is being built by Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME).

The project includes the design, manufacture and installation of the complete set of equipment, and will be executed in collaboration with the local partner Dongil Shipyard.
DSME is one of the 5 largest shipyards in the world with an extensive record of military and offshore vessels. DRASS is DSME’s supplier of preference for diving and submarine rescue equipment, and a returning partner after the successful delivery of ATS-II rescue ship for the Korean Navy in 2016.

This achievement consolidates Drass’ long standing in the Korean market as the sole reference for all key shipbuilders, including Hanjin and Hyundai, in the commercial offshore and defense sectors.

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Drass Project: Let’s clean up Europe

Drass supports local and international initiatives that protect the environment. Every little step counts, and Drass plans on taking many more initiatives to help raise awareness for what we can individually and collectively do to make a difference.

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Drass is proud to announce its partnership in the Submarine Rescue Service contract for The Royal Australian Navy.

By continuously evolving the highest quality equipment and components, Drass has been chosen to supply 8 containerized chambers with automation and life support, part of the Remotely Operated Rescue Vehicle (RORV) and part of the Shallow Rescue Bell (SRB) to H.I. Fraser Hyperbaric Solutions.

We are honored to cooperate with the H.I. Fraser Group, Phoenix International Australia, Commonwealth of Australia, and other Companies throughout this project.

A new adventure has begun for the DRASS’ Team!


The official Department of Defence announcement can be found at the link below:

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Last month Drass was invited by TechnipFMC to participate in the Naming Ceremony of the Deep Discoverer in Aalesund, Norway. She is the latest addition to the TechnipFMC Fleet and is a DSV (Diving Support Vessel) equipped with a DRASS twin-bell 18-man saturation diving system.
Drass 100 Series Saturation Diving System is recognized as being among the most desired systems available on the market. In fact, it is the only recognized, standard and complete package of industrialized equipment of serial production in the industry. As such, Drass is counted on to supply DSVs for vessels of the offshore industry’s titans such as TechnipFMC, Subsea 7, Kreuz, and Boskalis.

The Technip Deep Discovery Vessel is equipped with an 18-man, Twin Bell dive system. It consists of 4 Single Lock Diving Decompression Chambers (3-6-man occupancy), 2 horizontal TUPs, and 4 Vertical Entry Locks, with port and starboard 18-man Hyperbaric Lifeboats. The bells are moon pool launched with cursor guidance.
The system is rated to 300msw and is supplied with 37100 Nm3 gas storage, providing long-lasting continuous activity at the deepest rated depth for both the reclaim system and the recovery system in operation.
A surface Twin Lock decompression chamber and relevant launching system is fitted for operations of up to 60 msw.

Drass was highly involved in the Deep Discoverer’s diving system integration, providing full turnkey engineering solutions to the ship designers, and a complete support to the ship builders during the commissioning and testing. Drass is honored to have been a part of this Naming Ceremony, a truly historic occasion shared with a great team of colleagues at TechnipFMC. Thank you for your partnership and hospitality.
Drass would also like to extend a special thanks to everyone involved in the commissioning of the system from its inception through to completion. Great job guys!

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Drass has recently gained DNVGL 2.7.2 certification for its latest Offshore Service Module.
This module is outfitted with a robust heating and cooling capability following the customer requirement to provide a heating and cooling system to a hyperbaric welding habitat, at a maximum depth of 100 meters. The whole system has been incorporated within a small space – that of a 10 foot long container – with full compliance for the DNVGL 2.7.2 Standard safety aspects.
Another particularity of this project was the remote survey performed by DNVGL surveyors directly from Aberdeen, an efficient alternative to traditional inspection methods.

With this system, Drass once again demonstrates its continuous commitment to producing high-quality solutions that satisfy the most demanding requirements of our customers in the oil and gas industry.

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Drass is proud to announce that Subspec, a Drass Group company, has been selected to be a part of the ADI Design Index 2018.
This is the annual publication promoted by ADI (Italian Association for Industrial Design) that assesses all of the best-designed Italian products. Thanks to the expertise of our industrial designer Enkreo, a Drass Group company, Subspec has been nominated for the ADI Gold Compass Award and was chosen to present its state-of-the-art Diving Compact BIBS (Built-in Breathing System) Mask at the Annual ADI Ceremony on November 20th in Rome.

BIBS masks are used to administer oxygen to divers during decompression, to medical patients in hyperbaric chambers, and in the event that a chamber atmosphere is contaminated as BIBS supply breathable, non-contaminated gas from an independent source. Subspec’s BIBS product, known as U-101, has been designed to arrange the weight as close to the user as possible which is particularly important for divers. The result is a compact and light mask, with the COG (center of gravity) and the tube connection very close to the face. At the same time, the integration of all the components inside the protective shell results in a completely integrated structure with no suspended elements thereby reducing associated forces and strain to the neck without compromising movement of the diver’s head.

All ADI product nominations form part of ADI’s annual publication of product innovation, and one stands the chance of receiving ADI Gold Compass Award, the oldest and most prestigious design award.

Congratulations again from Drass to Subspec and Enkreo for their contribution and this honor!

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