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Inaugural NATO CRF (Coordinating of Rescue Forces) Course

Last week, NATO held their very first CRF Course in the beautiful and evocative Italian Navy Submarine School in Taranto.

The Submarine Escape and Rescue (SMER) scenario has been a main focus of DRASS for years. As such, DRASS was invited to present to the SMER Community. DRASS introduced its latest generation Submarine Rescue and Intervention Systems that represents a new era in the field of SMER technology excellence in terms of innovation, performance, safety and reliability.

It was a pleasure to cooperate with the Italian Navy and ISMERLO (International Submarine Escape and Rescue Liaison Office) as well as some of the best SMER professionals from around the globe, in a real example of “Community” entirely focused on improving overall SMER skills.
A special thanks to the Italian Navy for the opportunity to participate in this momentous event.

DRASS continues its involvement in this field, as well as its support towards the Course’s upcoming sessions and the SMER Community as a whole.

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DRASS Romania’s production is ramping up with its new SAW (Submerged-Arc Welding) installation. Introducing an automated process on all welding parameters, the new SAW performs high-speed quality welds at the highest safety level. As a result, we have increased the maximum size capability of our facility to 60t pressure vessels up to 5000mm in diameter.

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Using the latest advances in electronics alongside rigorous research and development, DRASS presents the new iAN-MULTI, the environmental analyser specifically tailored to the submarine/hyperbaric environment.
This advanced solution consists of a Control Panel and a Remote Module designed for hyperbaric use up to 5 bar, and connected via a single cable used for both power and data systems.

The iAN-MULTI can continuously monitor parameters for the following: Oxygen, Carbon Dioxide, Carbon Monoxide, HydroCarbons, Temperature, Relative Humidity, Depth. All measured parameters are shown on both the 7” color display Control Panel and on the Remote Module’s 4.3” color display.
User interaction is granted via the Control Panel’s reliable resistive touch interface which can be even used with gloves.
Measured parameters are saved into the internal memory and are exportable to a USB memory stick, making the iAN-MULTI a comprehensive black-box to record environmental values and monitor trends.
The Control Panel can be interfaced with external systems, such as a SCADA, via its RJ-45 port, and comes with a 4-20 mA output available for each parameter.
This innovative solution assures a protection degree of IP 56 in salt mist atmosphere and is CE marked and tested in accordance with IACS UR E10.

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DRASS continues its cooperation with the Korean Navy with the fifth submarine rescue ship following completion of the previous 4 ships: ASR58 for the Korean Maritime Police, and the ASR21, ATS1 and ATS2 for the Korean Navy.

This latest ship, ASR2, embeds our new generation control panels that include the latest upgrades and developments such as Digital CCTV System and Voice Communication System with digital helium unscrambling. The Monitoring System tracks divers’ life-critical parameters (gas concentrations, pressures, depths, etc); whilst the Multimedia System enables divers in saturation to use private hand-held touch screens and large PC monitors for mission-related activities such as briefing-debriefing and reporting.

All these high-end solutions are embedded in ergonomically arranged, compact-sized panels, delivering another innovative and all-inclusive DRASS product.

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The second containerized hyperbaric chamber, SN 17419, has been delivered by DRASS Romania to the Romanian Navy at the Naval Diving Centre in Constanta.
Once again DRASS has delivered on time, meeting the agreed time constraints, even during this period of added complexities for businesses.
Well done DRASS Romania for successfully closing yet another job.

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DRASS Chamber on board the Romanian Navy’s “ROS Bălescu”

DRASS Containerized Hyperbaric Chamber, on board the Romanian Navy’s "ROS Bălescu” during the Standing NATO Mine Countermeasures Group (SNMCMG-2) exercise, is the most compact and technologically advanced surface diving system ever built.

This article Marine Mine Training in the Mediterranean details the naval trials carried out with the aid of the DRASS Containerized Chamber.

DRASS currently has the most advanced and reliable range of hyperbaric oxygen therapy products, thanks to its focus on research and development, engineering production and materials technology. DRASS designs, manufactures and tests all components in accordance with class certification.

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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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DRASS was an exhibitor and keynote speaker at VIMAD Global Services Defence Exhibition in Madrid on 21-22 January, presenting our latest generation subsea crafts and submarine rescue technology to the Spanish Navy and defence institutions.

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