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DRASS and Squale present the GALEAZZI Watch

The Squale Galeazzi professional diving watch was born from the collaboration between Squale and DRASS Galeazzi. The result is a superb watch that pays tribute to the past while being modern and avant-garde.

Inspired by the iconic Squale Master, its polished steel case guarantees impermeability up to 500 meters thanks to the 4-mm sapphire crystal and a helium valve that render it a professional diving watch in every respect.

The black and old radium colour scheme chosen for the bezel and dial evokes a classic style. This combination gives the Squale Galeazzi a vintage aesthetic that commemorates the extraordinary history of both brands.

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On 16th April DRASS engineers Alberto Sartor and Enrico Pitzalis presented a 4-hour discourse on the theme Underwater and Hyperbaric Technologies at the Diving and Hyperbaric Medicine Masters Seminar at University of Padova, organized by Prof. Gerardo Bosco.
With real interest and strong participation from the audience, Alberto and Enrico discussed specific highlights from Drass’ rich history of subsea innovations spanning a century, from the pioneering era of underwater exploration to its present-day cutting-edge technologies, as well as its new horizons transforming submarine rescue and underwater automation as we know it.

The course also delved into other related topics such as HBOT (Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy) systems and its increasing role and value in medical treatments and disease prevention. Focus was also oriented to the certification of medical devices and to its correct application in hyperbaric chamber systems.
Finally, practical examples of chamber and fail-safe therapy management systems were presented, with special attention to the role played by hyperbaric technicians in the safety and reliability of medical HBOT systems.

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DRASS is proud to sponsor the City of Livorno’s International Sailing Week 2021 (24 April to 2nd May 2021).

International Sailing Week is one of the most significant regattas nationally and, indeed, worldwide. It typically sees over 1000 racers from dozens of participating nations and continents far and wide including many foreign naval academies. It goes without saying, therefore, that the Regatta of the Italian Naval Academy based in Livorno are also confirmed participants at this exciting event.

From start to finish, the competition’s course spans over 600 miles. With its starting line in Livorno, the route continues past Porto Cervo in Sardinia and then on to the island of Capri in Italy’s Bay of Naples before racing back up to the finish line in Livorno. The route covers a large part of the Tyrrhenian Sea and is one of the most highly anticipated Mediterranean regattas due to its length, diversity of challenges that each crew must skillfully face, and the spectacular vistas along the way. A regatta for true sailors eager to share an exciting undertaking.

Fair winds, calm seas, and happy sailing to one and all!

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DRASS continues its sponsorship of a very worthy cause, the local charity TDS - Toscana Disabili Sport A.S.D. TDS promotes sports for youths with disabilities. Sports include wheelchair basketball, swimming, water polo and sitting volley. The difference between these disciplines affords youngsters increased opportunities, with the assistance of high specialized TDS team technicians that are able to identify the most suitable discipline for each future athlete. The courses comprise of two fundamental phases: playful motor/recreational and competitive, allowing these youngsters to boost their physical capacity and morale through interaction with teammates and increasing self-esteem in relationships with others. DRASS would like to thank all the TDS team technicians for their continued dedication, as well as that shown by each of the young athletes taking part in sports training and sporting events with TDS. They are an inspiration to us all. DRASS is proud to follow their story and raise awareness of their successes on the field, in the pool and in life.

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DRASS Romania has successfully delivered the OVETTO Hyperbaric Chamber, the first product for the new deep diving simulator of the Romanian Navy, installed at the Romanian Navy Diving Centre.
This is just the first in a succession of products that DRASS Romania, as main contractor, are delivering as part this exciting project.
Well done DRASS Romania from all at DRASS Group!

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DRASS Romania is the main contractor for the new deep diving simulator of the Romanian Navy to be installed at the Romanian Navy Diving Centre, military unit located in Constanta, Romania. The contract was signed at the beginning of this year and will be completed within March 2022.
This project replaces the previous diving simulator and continues the tradition of the Romanian Navy as an experienced and competent party in the training, research and operation of saturation diving. The new large simulator vessel (3500mm diameter) will be connected with 2 hyperbaric chambers (4-man and 6-man capacities) and compatible through a STANAG flange adaptor with the standalone portable OVETTO hyperbaric chamber. The OVETTO is the evacuation chamber for emergency situations.
The complete simulator system comes with an automatic PLC control system, communication system, ECU units, generators and compressors, and all the necessary gas storage, in order to assure deep dive training and also provide support in case of diving emergency in the Black Sea.

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DRASS confirms that Factory Acceptance Test for the latest completed diving bell SN 16458 for the Korean Navy has been successfully completed with Korean Register certification.
This bottom mating 6m3 diving bell has been successfully certified, delivered, installed and commissioned on several diving support vessels together with the standard Drass 100 Series saturation diving system. It is designed to operate to a depth of up to 300 msw.

In 2018 DRASS was awarded the Korean Navy contract to supply an advanced diving system for the new Submarine Rescue Ship ASR-II. The project includes the design, manufacture and installation of the complete deep diving system, and is being implemented in collaboration with the local partner Dongil Shipyard. The ASR-II ship is being constructed by Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME), one of the 5 largest shipyards in the world with an extensive record of military and offshore vessels. DRASS is the preferred supplier of the Korean Government and DSME 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 and, prior to that, for the ASR21, ATS1 and ASR58 rescue ships for the Korean Maritime Police.

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DRASS Ventilation System patent is also now approved in the USA.

This invention relates to the utilization of an innovative underwater capsule for emergency ventilation of a distressed submarine.

In the unlikely event of a submarine emergency, a rescue vessel is typically deployed equipped with a large set of surface components and tools for the emergency ventilation. The traditional approach to the ventilation has several disadvantages including difficulty to ease the flow of ventilation air outside the distressed submarine. This generally creates a gradual increase of pressure in the hull with consequent threat to the life of the submariners. DRASS Ventilation System is equipped with a submerged ventilation capsule, launched from the rescue vessel, that operates an effective suction from the distressed submarine thanks to the in-built suction compressor. This prevents the build-up of pressure, keeping the crew safe while their recovery to surface is being executed.

Consistent with a century of experience in the sphere of subsea innovation, DRASS once again brings a significant contribution to the submarine rescue sector with yet another groundbreaking technology.


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The Future of Subsea Industry

The following video discusses the future of subsea industry, strategies, vision, and challenges, as well as the collaborative role of DRASS in this sector, to optimize technological advancement and interoperability of the various entities within government and private companies alike.

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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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