Oceanology International: 15th – 17th March 2016 ExCeL London United Kingdom

Oceanology International in London, UK, is the leading exhibition on marine science and ocean technology.

SMP LTD will be exhibiting at Oceanology 2016, where samples of our products will be on display. Our representatives and technical experts will be available to talk to you about our subsea solutions and our range of products that are manufactured in the UK and used internationally.

Visit our stand R161 to find out about our range of commercial diving, subsea, hyperbaric and tunnelling solutions.

We are looking forward to meeting with both existing and potential new customers. Please let us know in advance if you would like to schedule a meeting with us at the event.

To find out more about Oceanology and to register for tickets, please visit the official Oceanology website:

SMP Match Of The Day

Last Friday staff from SMP LTD were involved in a legendary battle of skills and stamina in a…… 5-A-Side football match.

The match took place on the all weather pitch at Ribby Hall Village in Wrea Green. In this team bonding exercise volunteers from all departments within the company made up the 2 teams.

Many thanks to all that took part in this first “Match of the Day”. I’m sure we all agree that a great time was had by all (despite the weather!).

We hope to have another match very soon, perhaps with awards for Best Player / Best Dive, etc.

Action Shots

Injury Gallery

1800mm Deck Decompression Chambers DDC

Over the last few years we have seen the increase in popularity of larger diameter Deck Decompression Chambers (DDC’s). Initially any enquiries for chambers larger than 1500mm (60 inches) would have exclusively come from the Scandinavian region but now we are finding that diving contractors from all over the globe are showing interest in our 1800mm (72 inches) chamber. IMCA have recently revised their D023 guidelines:

” Any chamber manufactured after 1 January 2015 should have a minimum internal diameter of 60 inches if using imperial measurements or 1500mm if using metric measurements. Chambers manufactured before this date do not need to meet this size requirement. “ 

But for some people bigger is better.
Diver Decompression Chambers

Due to the increase in demand we at SMP now stock 1800mm DDC shells at our Preston workshop ready to fit out. This greatly reduces project build times for our customers. We supply the chambers as free-standing units but more commonly as containerised systems ready to deploy anywhere in the world. We have standard designs like the example shown below which fit into 20 foot ISO containers to keep mobilisation and shipping costs to a minimum. We also produce bespoke systems and our sales and design teams are on hand to consult with clients to produce high quality solutions, supplying computer generated realistic views of the systems prior to build.

Diver Decompression Chambers

Our DDC shells are built in the UK to the design code PD5500 : 2009 CAT1 and are certified by Lloyds Register of Shipping and they have a depth rating of 100 Metres.

All of our diving systems are designed to meet and exceed IMCA safety standards for offshore use.

Please contact our sales team for further information.

Enquire about our DDC’s

Please call +44(0)1772 687775 for advice, availability and pricing.

Our customer care is available 5 days a week.

Mon – Fri: 
9am – 5pm
Sat – Sun: Closed

You may also contact us at any time with an email

SMP Apprentices achieve success

SMP LTD congratulate their apprentices on passing their exams for the academic year 2014/2015 and we would like to thank them for their continued hard work.

SMP Ltd Apprentices

SMP Ltd Apprentices – www.smp-ltd.com

The apprentices pictured are Elliot Ackers, Matthew Thompson, Tom Horton, Rebecca Gidley and Sian Lloyd alongside Phil Connolly; the Managing Director of Submarine Manufacturing and Products.

Kirby Morgan Diving Helmet Maintenance and Repair Courses

Did you know that Submarine Manufacturing and Products LTD are one of only two companies in the UK authorised to offer training courses for the range of Kirby Morgan commercial diving helmets and bandmasks? The Two Day Kirby Morgan Hat Courses run by Submarine Manufacturing will be for up to four technicians.

The course is designed and intended to instruct commercial divers, tenders and technicians how to perform routine maintenance, inspections and repair of Kirby Morgan Helmets and Band Masks.

A Kirby Morgan Training Course at SMP

Once trained you would be able to perform repairs on your own equipment and equipment belonging to the company you work for, as well as other diving employees of the company. The training brings the technician into the specialised Kirby Morgan Dive Systems Inc (KMDSI)/Dive Lab program allowing for advice and assistance in all equipment problems and issues. All technicians receive KMDSI technical updates and bulletins, as well as newsletters.

Please Note:
The KMDSI Technician Course allows the student to repair only his equipment or the equipment of divers in his company it does not allow the Technician to do repairs for profit. ONLY KMDSI DEALERS CAN PERFORM REPAIRS FOR PROFIT.

• Introduction to the current Kirby Morgan range and brief history of the products
• Kirby Morgan helmets and full face masks differences and similarities
• Overhaul and inspection of SL-17A/B, 17C, KM-27 and KM-37
• Overhaul and inspection of KMB 18/28 bandmasks
• Operating instructions
• Planned/preventive/corrective maintenance

The technicians will be continually assessed throughout the course. A practical and written multiple choice test will be given to ensure that the technicians have fully understood and retained content of the course.

On successful completion of the course the technicians will issued with a certificate by Submarine Manufacturing & Products Ltd endorsed by Dive Lab Inc. The certificate will be valid for three years for the individual’s own equipment or while maintaining company equipment.

• August 11th – 12th
• September 15th – 16th
• October 13th – 14th
• November 10th – 11th
• December 15th – 16th

Courses will be conducted at our main office near Preston, Lancashire and are limited to a maximum of 4 attendees and places are offered on a first come basis, call
+44 (0) 1772 687775 for course availability and prices.

Featured Kirby Morgan Products

As an authorised dealer of Kirby Morgan products we keep in stock a wide range of Kirby Morgan Commercial Diving helmets and bandmasks as well as official Kirby Morgan spares, accessories and replacement parts.

Kirby Morgan Superlite 27 Commercial Diving Helmet

The Kirby Morgan SuperLite 27 is the product of years of research and testing. Its design gives the working diver a reliable, and extremely comfortable helmet.

Kirby Morgan 18 and 28 Bandmasks

The fully tested and certified, the Kirby Morgan 18B and Kirby Morgan 28B Band Masks may be used by commercial divers in mixed gas commercial diving as well as shallow water commercial diving.

Kirby Morgan Service Kits and Spares

Full Service and Spares Kits are available for all leading Kirby Morgan models of helmets and bandmasks.

Can’t find the right part?

If you can’t find the part you are looking for please call +44(0)1772 687775 for advice, availability and pricing

Our customer care is available 5 days a week.

Mon – Fri:
9am – 5pm
Sat – Sun: Closed

You may also contact us at any time with an email

Underwater Lift Bags and Inflatables – SUBSALVE USA

SMP are agents for SUBSALVE USA and we stock a wide range of their products. They are the worldwide leaders and innovator in the design and manufacture of bouyancy engineered inflatables. Their products are specified to meet the toughest challenges in recreational, commercial, scientific, and military applications.

Call +44(0)1772 687775 or email sales@smp-ltd.co.uk for a quote on any Underwater Lifting Bags and Equipment

Featured Products
SMPProfessional Enclosed Lift Bags

Enclosed-bottom, parachute-shaped lift bags with a single attachment point.

These Subsalve lifting bags are essential in construction, heavy and light salvage and many offshore tasks.


Rugged, flexible storage containers for water, fuel, sanitary discharge, and other liquids. Every tank is manufactured of heavy duty urethane coated nylon fabric. Tanks are affordable, easy to install, and require minimal maintenance.

SMPVertical Salvage Pontoons

Totally-enclosed, cylindrical bags are ideal for shallow water salvage, reducing the draft of a vessel or raising an object closer to the surface.

They are invaluable in cable and pipeline operations.


• Each lift bag is tested prior to shipping.
• Custom sizes available on most products
• All products are compliant with IMCA D-016-AIRBAGS, ABS, U.S. Department of Defense Standards.

Please contact us +44(0)1772 687775 / sales@smp-ltd.co.uk with all enquiries and quote requests for Underwater Lifting Bags and one of our Customer Services Team will get back to you.

About Submarine Manufacturing and Products Limited

SMP are firmly established as one of the world’s leading manufacturers and suppliers of commercial diving equipment. We manufacture Hyperbaric Decompression Chambers, Saturation Diving Systems, Hot Water Machines, Diver Gas Supply Panels, Containerised Diving Solutions and Diver Launch and Recovery Systems (LARS). The SMP projects team also design and manufacture bespoke diving solutions.

For information on these and all other products we manufacture, please take a look at our website.

NEW PRODUCTS: Wet Bell Launch And Recovery Systems (LARS)



We are pleased to announce the introduction to the market of two new products.

1. Wet Bell Launch And Recovery System With Control Cabin & Mixed Gas Panel
2. Wet Bell Launch And Recovery System

Our Launch And Recovery System (LARS) products have been designed and developed in-house and will be manufactured at our factory in the UK. As with all SMP products, we only use premium materials and highly skilled personnel to enable us to build the best quality final product for our customers.

The SMP Wet Bell LARS is designed within a compact operating footprint to minimise the required operational deck space on board a vessel or barge. Emphasis has been placed on ease of mobilisation and demobilisation, so that costs are kept to a minimum.

The Wet Bell LARS is IMCA D023 and D018 compliant and has Third Party Design approval to Lloyds Rules for Lifting Appliances in a Marine Environment.

When fully retracted by the hydraulic cylinders, with the wet bell and clump weight stowed on the heavy duty based skid, the size and dimensions of the Wet Bell System is comparable in width to an ISO 20’ container, but is approximately 2.0 meters shorter. The heavy duty based skid has ISO corner castings situated on each corner so that the system can be located on conventional twist locks with 6 additional welded deck fastening points for the attachment of bolted sacrificial deck fixing plates, which are provided with each system.

The Wet Bell has a transparent top acrylic dome for 360 degree visibility during diver transit to depth. The Wet Bell can be supplied as a 2 or 3 diver unit to suit the customer’s operational requirements.

The Wet Bell System is outfitted with two manriding hydraulic winches for deployment and recovery of the Wet Bell and Clump Weight during normal operation. The clump weight winch can recover the Wet Bell in an emergency situation.

The two 30kW independent hydraulic power units (HPU) are sized to ensure the units are never running at full load conditions, thus extending the life of the HPU. The units are outfitted with premium sized oil reservoirs for safe operation in higher ambient temperatures, with seawater oil coolers fitted as standard. The hydraulic interconnecting piping and fittings from the HPU to the winches and hydraulic cylinders are all 316 Stainless Steel.

The hydraulic cylinders are of heavy duty construction with Stainless Steel cylinder rods fully chrome plated. The cylinders are fitted with counterbalance valves for safety during operation in the event of pressure loss at the cylinder or piping.

With every unit sold you can be sure of SMP’s full technical support, from our team of highly experienced designers, engineers and technicians.

Wet Bell LARS – Technical Specifications
Depth Capability 100 metre
Operational Depth
Design Appraisal Lloyds Register of Shipping
Design Approval Lloyds Rules for Lifting Appliances in a Marine Environment
IMCA Compliance IMCA D023 & IMCA D018 (and D037 optional)
Wet Bell Cylinders 4 x 50 Litre Cylinders 300 Bar rated
Wet Bell Dimensions 1.350 mm x 1,890 mm
Length 4258 mm
Width 2438 mm
Height (Operational) 4181 mm
Height (Stowed) 2600 mm
Weight 7000 kg
Hydraulic Power Units 2 x 30kW HPU Tank Mounted Submerged Vane Pump
HPU Electrical 3 Phase 380 – 440 Volts 50 / 60 Hz
HPU Oil Capacity 2 x 200 Litre Hydraulic Tanks with Inspection Covers
HPU Working Pressure 100 bar @ 90 Litres / Min @ 1450 RPM
Seawater Oil Cooler Shell and Tube Type Seawater 45 Litre / min @ 5 bar Max
Wet Bell Winch Manriding 16 mm Dia x 120 Meters Anti Rotational Wire Rope
Clump Winch Manriding 13 mm Dia x 240 Meters Anti Rotational Wire Rope
Specifications with Control Cabin & Mixed Gas Panel
Dive Control Cabin 2438 mm x 2058 mm x 2591 mm
Air Conditioning For heating and cooling the Dive Control Cabin
Mixed Gas Control Panel For Diver 1, Diver 2 and Wet Bell supplies
Hydraulic Power Units 2 x 30kW HPU Tank Mounted Electric Motor & Submerged Hydraulic Vane Pump Set
Download full specifications (PDF)

For all enquiries and questions please contact our UK based Sales Team
Tel: +44 (0) 1772 687775

About Submarine Manufacturing and Products Limited
SMP are firmly established as one of the world’s leading manufacturers and suppliers of commercial diving equipment. We manufacture Hyperbaric Decompression Chambers, Saturation Diving Systems, Hot Water Machines, Diver Gas Supply Panels, Containerised Diving Solutions and Diver Launch and Recovery Systems (LARS). The SMP projects team also design and manufacture bespoke diving solutions.

For information on these and all other products we manufacture, please take a look at our website: -

Commercial Diving Equipment – In Stock April 2015

Here is a small selection of the Commercial Diving Equipment that we currently have available. For our full range please take a look at our website www.smp-ltd.com

Please email sales@smp-ltd.co.uk or telephone +44 (0)1772 687775 for a quotation on all your commercial diving needs from branded products to bespoke manufactured items all at competitive prices.

60″ Standard SMP Hyperbaric Chamber
In Stock: 1

72 inch / 1.8 Mtr Twin Lock DDC C/W Medical Lock
In Stock: 1

SMP Prothermic Underwater Cutting Rods
In Stock: 103 Boxes

Barracuda Gold Underwater Wet Welding Electrodes
In Stock: 52

Fibrolite Diving Umbilical: 3 CoreIn Stock: 300m + Fibrolite Diving Umbilical: Pneumo Gas, Comms & Mini TVIn Stock: 350m +

Kirby Morgan 37 Commercial Diving Helmet 

In Stock: 5

Kirby Morgan SuperLite 27 Commercial Diving Helmet
In Stock: 1

Kirby Morgan 28 Band Mask

In Stock: 1

Tescom Regulator 3/4″ NPT F Brass 172 Bar Outlet
Model No: 44-1315-2122-056 
In Stock: 5

Tescom High Flow Pressure Reducing Regulator
Model No: 44-4012E28-002

In Stock: 2

RH2 Regulator 3/8″ Port Valved
Model No: NA20101/02

In Stock: 3

PressurVak II (no 1st stage regulator or mic)
In Stock: 6

Scott Duo Seal Mask
(no 1st stage or regulator)

In Stock: 4

Hyperflow CO2 Scrubber (24 Volt)
In Stock: 3

SMP Chamber Radio

In Stock: 10

2 Diver HP/LP Panel with Radio in Pelicase
In Stock: 1

OTS SSB-2010 Diver Transceiver
In Stock: 3

Hot Water Machine Pump
CRNE1-23-HS-P-GI-E-HQQE 3X400V 50/60Hzl
In Stock: 2

Depth Gauge 0-70 msw
In Stock: 21

Depth Gauge 0-100 msw
In Stock: 69

CO2000 Portable Gas Analyser Rechargeable
In Stock: 1

SMP has lots more Commercial Diving Equipment available in stock for immediate delivery

Whatever your requirements give us a call.

+44 (0)1772 687775

Transfer Under Pressure (TUP) Diving System

We are offering for sale a Transfer Under Pressure (TUP) Diving System.
The TUP Diving System is a Closed Bell Diving System, designed and manufactured by SMP Ltd.

It is certified in accordance with International Maritime Contractors Association (IMCA) guidelines and codes of practice for offshore diving operations and certified by Lloyds Register of Shipping.

This compact modular system consists of a 3 man 4.7m3 saturation diving bell, diver’s gas control panels (air/mixed gas), main Bell/Diver control panel, twin lock decompression chamber, single lock decompression chamber (optional), HP and LP compressors, gantry launch and recovery system.

The system is equipped for air diving and mixed gas diving and the clump weight also incorporates a tool basket for the divers. A hyperbaric floataway chamber is optional.

The Diving System is a mobile and modular system that can be mobilised on a DPII support vessel, platform, rig or construction barge. The system is designed for moonpool or over the side operations. Using Trimix or Nitrox gas mixtures will allow longer duration in-water bottom time at greater depths than using air diving techniques which cause longer in-water and decompression practices.

By providing a closed bell system the divers are transferred in a protected environment. Safety is increased by removing the threat of Nitrogen intoxication. This is achieved by making sure at no point is the diver exposed to atmospheric pressure during decompression.

The benefits are clear to see and it is the way forward in today’s demanding market for deep air diving operations and continual surface mixed gas operations.

Safe No surface decompression interval, protected transfer to and from the splashzone
Proven An enhanced proven solution that increases workable bottom time
Future Proof Upgradeable to Saturation Diving Capability (Future Proof Capability)
Cost Effective The system provides cost effectiveness through increased bottom times for the divers
Mobile This modular system can be easily transported and mobilised in 24 hours providing fast turnaround for offshore operations on any suitable vessel

There is also the capability for one dive team to be in decompression whilst a second dive team commence diving operations which means less down time on jobs.

Download our Full Product Brochure for all specifications and features

Contact us sales@smp-ltd.co.uk with any questions or if you are interested in a quotation.

Ask our Team
SMP design, manufacture and supply a wide range of commercial diving equipment, please email sales@smp-ltd.co.uk or telephone +44 (0)1772 687775 for a quotation on all your commercial diving needs from branded products to bespoke manufactured items all at competitive prices.

SMP Apprentice meets British Prime Minister David Cameron

Matthew Thompson (far right) with Mark Menzies and David Cameron

Matthew Thompson, an Electrical Engineering Apprentice at Submarine Manufacturing and Products (SMP Ltd) last week met with British Prime Minister, David Cameron and Fylde MP, Mark Menzies at BAE Systems in Warton, Lancashire.

The Prime Minister was visiting the North of England to highlight the importance of apprenticeships as a career-choice and as a means of sustaining and developing the UK skills base. While in Warton, David Cameron and Mark Menzies launched a new £15.6m Lancashire training academy for Degree Apprenticeship schemes.

Mr Cameron stated “I want young people to have the chance to learn a skill and that is why the government has put 1.5bn pounds extra into the apprentices system and we want to see that grow.”

David Cameron talking to apprentices including Matthew Thompson.

More than 300 apprentices from companies across the North West were in attendance. One of our apprentices, Matthew Thompson (pictured with Mr Cameron and Mr Menzies) had the opportunity to individually discuss his apprenticeship with Mr Cameron and leading executives from BAE Systems.

SMP Ltd is currently training 5 apprentices at its premises in Newton, near Preston.