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It is with the greatest of admiration for the visionary principle and all involved with OceanXplorer that we join in celebrating her unveiling to the world. Our seven year association with OceanX on their previous vessels, the 57mtr Alucia and 52mtr Umbra led to a requested involvement in the conversion and creation of OceanXplorer. The result is a combination and moulding of all the previous vessels features and more into one truly astounding ground breaking ship. After 22 months on site we are proud to have played our part in the start of what we believe will be an Oceanographic legacy. tūhura me te ngākau nui

OceanX recently launched its new one-of-a-kind scientific research, media production, and exploration vessel, the R/V OceanXplorer. Designed and built to be the most advanced combined marine research and media vessel in existence, OceanXplorer is both a floating, integrated marine research platform and a Hollywood-caliber media production studio.

Formerly named Alucia2, the ship builds on the legacy of OceanX’s first research vessel, the M/V Alucia, and will become the centerpiece of OceanX’s mission to combine cutting-edge technology, science, and media to explore the ocean and bring it back to the world. With its advanced, media-optimized exploration vehicles, its chemical, biological, and geophysical sampling tools, and its centralized data integration system and onboard media center, OceanXplorer brings together an unprecedented array of technologies that will make it possible to reach, explore, and document parts of the ocean humans have never before experienced.

Founded in 2018, OceanX is a New York-based nonprofit ocean exploration initiative and media organization that combines next-gen technology, science, storytelling, and media to educate, inspire, and connect the world with the ocean. OceanX amplifies these efforts by convening leading scientists, media entities, global leaders, and philanthropy partners to drive towards greater understanding and protection of our oceans.

OceanX is an initiative of Dalio Philanthropies, which furthers the diverse philanthropic interests of Dalio family members. For more information, visit and follow OceanX on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and LinkedIn.

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Diverse Projects extensive refit

Diverse Projects launches extensively-refitted support vessel, within demanding timeframe 

Auckland-based refit specialists, Diverse Projects, has just launched the support vessel Advantage after an extensive transformation that took place in under four months. 

The project was a comprehensive conversion of a 54m Damen Sea Axe vessel, which saw changes such as the construction and fitting of a submarine garage, reconfiguration of the deck and the installation of Quantum stabilizers. A slick new paint job was undertaken to give the craft a superyacht-worthy finish.

The 54-metre vessel has also undergone lengthening with a new transom platform housing a stern anchor. The transformation included the removal of 60 seats and the installation of three new guest cabins, a captain’s cabin, a mess area and an office on the main deck. The lower crew area and galley were further upgraded with the addition of a fit-for-purpose cool room.

Diverse Projects was pleased to bring the project to New Zealand, where work was carried out in Whangarei by Oceania Marine. The addition of a custom-made submarine garage rounds out the vessel’s ability to provide comprehensive explorer services to the mothership.

The submarine garage was created whole offsite, and lifted and installed on the yacht in under ten days. Crew areas and galley were stripped, reconfigured and upgraded, while the main deck underwent a full Bolidt application resulting in a vessel with a dramatically different appearance to the one which entered the yard when the refit began in August 2015.

“A phenomenal amount of work has been done in a short period of time” says Diverse Projects director Lars Bjorklund. “This is an absolute credit to the yard and all involved, given the wide ranging and very specific compliance requirements entailed in a refit to this scale. This is yet another refit managed by Diverse Projects that speaks to our ethos of precision scope delivery and outcomes.”

After the final addition of a Heila crane, further testing of the stabilizers and classification testing, Advantage will leave New Zealand to join the mothership in Tahiti.

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Groundbreaking support vessel, ATLAS, concept launches

With limited support vessels built for purpose on the market up to 500GT, Auckland-based Diverse Projects has designed a vessel which combines the most-effective features of support vessels in service.

A new support vessel concept has been launched to market.

Atlas, the naval architecture of which is advanced and which is ready to build on request, has been created by a team experienced in converting commercial vessels into superyacht support vessels.

Atlas takes the knowledge the team at Diverse Projects, Auckland, has gathered through extensive work with superyacht owners creating support vessels, and combines all common requirements into one, purpose-built vessel.

We have been very fortunate to see both the benefits and shortcomings of what the incumbent industry can offer. With the knowledge that owners are wishing to push the duration of their voyages to more remote places, while still being able to cater for every possible activity, we started our design process not from a blank sheet but from knowledge of vessels currently in service,” says Diverse Projects’ John Vitali.

Atlas has been designed based on Diverse Projects’ experience of what owners most commonly ask to be added - or removed - from their support vessels. With a hull designed for ultimate steadiness, it has multiple loading stabilities and is designed to come in under 500GT.

“After a number of iterations with our chosen design office, which has one of the most efficient hull form databases, and thousands of hours of design work, we firmed on the platform which is now Atlas,” continues Diverse Projects’ Lars Bjorklund.

The Atlas package offers an efficient, stable, DP1, high load carrier with package options to add on modules like heli-decks, large A-frame, tender ramp, submarine garage, media/science containers and other extras often required for support vessels, and the team is ready to start work on an Atlas project immediately. Having been designed specifically for purpose, Atlas will be a very efficient high load carrier of both liquid and deck cargo platforms.

The Diverse Projects team were the project managers who were tasked with the conversion of Damen Sea Axe Umbra into a comprehensive support vessel for 56-metre research vessel Alucia - a yacht which had also been refitted by Diverse Projects. The team is currently converting another Damen Sea Axe; Advantage into a support vessel, and the project, six months in the making, was one Diverse Projects was thrilled to bring to New Zealand shores.

With experience stretching across many refit projects, as well as new build, the Diverse Projects team has an awareness of the time and cost involved in adding or subtracting elements from an existing vessel. Reducing that time and cost is the driving principle behind Atlas.

The Atlas package is fully customisable according to owner requirements with additional elements that can be added to ensure it fully fits the owner and mothership
s needs.

Its a transformer,Lars Bjorklund finishes. A purpose-built base boat, stripped down to basics allowing the owner to add the elements needed, to create the most cost-effective, high-yielding support vessel available.

Please make an appointment with directors John Vitali and Lars Bjorklund to be introduced to Atlas at the Monaco Yacht Show. 


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Diverse Projects Completes Alucia Refit

 The project management team at Diverse Projects has successfully completed their most complex refit to date. A full 12 month refit was undertaken on M/Y Alucia, a 56-metre explorer vessel, which included a break period in the middle to accommodate a scheduled cruise. This refit was an extensive upgrade of the unique 40-year old vessel, built specifically as a heavy lift ship and launch/recovery platform for diving and submersible operations, in order to continue its commercial SOLAS standards and stay in survey for its multi-faceted operational requirements.

A challenging engineering refit program saw the installation of an engine exhaust purification system supplied by Hugs Engineering of Switzerland. Both the main engines and the four gensets required the purification units to be installed which involved the reworking of the most of the vessels internal exhaust system.

The extensive and complex program, strict budget and an incredibly tight time frame saw works which included a full maintenance and upgrade of M/Y Alucia's submarine and dive control systems through to the full replacement of the interior overhead lining system.

The mantra of the Diverse Projects team is to keep the client and their management team fully informed on the project at all times, and to this end they have developed their own software system which is used on all projects they are involved with. This keeps clients totally involved and aware of the job progress and associated costs in real time. The information is conveyed in a totally transparent way with live data and comprehensive weekly reports distributed to the client’s management team, with conference calls integrated on a daily and weekly basis.

Diverse Projects’ advantage is its virtual shipyard approach. The Diverse team have an extensive network of yards and contractors, with no fixed commitments to those suppliers, giving the Diverse team the ability to cherry pick global providers and present their clients with the quickest possible project time at the best price and of the best quality. The approach delivers the owner a new build or refit project free of the risk of shipyard difficulties and which can be completed in the shortest possible frame of time.

Other projects that Diverse Projects have been involved in include the new build M/Y Black Pearl, the first warranty period for the highly acclaimed M/Y Big Fish, and completion of sport-fish vessel M/Y Satu; a sport fish yacht completed to the specifications of a superyacht.

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