Surface Supplied Diving Demonstration Fleetwood

SMP spent a productive day yesterday (Thurs 25th September 2014) at the Apeks/Aqualung Event at Fleetwood Nautical College, Fleetwood, Lancashire

Fleetwood Nautical College

Fleetwood Nautical College

We were there demonstrating our range of Air Control Panels, Diving Umbilicals and Surface Supplied Diving Equipment that compliments the Aqualung Military and Professional range of Professional Diving equipment.

Diving Umbilicals

Diving Umbilicals

It was great to meet up with current customers as well as many new potential opportunities. Thanks to Apeks/Aqualung for putting on this event, and we look forward to working with them closely in the future. Thanks also to Fleetwood Nautical College for their great hospitality and use of the facilities including use of the dive pool in the Offshore Survival Centre.

Dive Panel

Dive Panel

We took a range of Panels to the event, all of which got great feedback. For the Tri Dives we used our 2 Diver HP/LP Lightweight Compact Panel in Pelicase.

SMP Air Control Panel
SMP Air Control Panel
SMP and Apeks

Pictured are Anthony Crowley (SMP), John Law(Apeks), Jonathan Chapple(Apeks), and Mark Peloe (SMP)

C-Tecnics Subsea Video Systems – C-Vision

C-Tecnics Subsea Equipment and Electronics
have in stock C-Tecnics underwater video camera and lighting systems including mini underwater cameras, underwater inspection lights, diver inspection and communications systems which are suitable for a wide variety of diving and diver underwater applications. In this blog we highlight some of the more popular C‑Tecnics equipment that we supply.

C-Vision Diver Communications System

Two Diver Video and Diver Communication System with 150+ hours of hard disk recording! The C-Vision is a superbly engineered dual function system suitable for both inshore and offshore diving operations.

•Operate 2 sets of cameras & lights
•3 Diver & tender communications
•Full or split screen viewing
•Portable & rugged
•Weighs only 12.8kg


C-Vision Solo – One Diver Video System

A portable one diver video system with 150+ hours of hard disk recording! Video monitoring and recording in one portable, easy to operate unit – perfect for inshore and offshore diving operations.

•Operates underwater camera & light
•Full screen viewing
•Screen overlay
•Portable & rugged
•Weighs only 9kg

C-Vision Rack

Complete dive station suitable for any dive. High quality video monitoring, recording and communications built into a practical rack system.

•22″ split screen monitor
•3 diver communication unit
•Operates 2 sets of cameras & lights as standard
•Rechargeable battery in the event of mains power failure
•Can be tailored to customer requirements

Call +44(0)1772 687775 or email for all enquiries and to discuss your requirements for the C-Vision Rack.

For enquiries, pricing and options on all these products please contact our UK based Sales Team
Tel: +44 (0) 1772 687775 //

Or take a look at our website for all other commercial diving equipment and subsea solutions


Case Study: Crowley:Titan Salvage / SMP – Containerised Dive System

SMP have been working alongside Titan Salvage to design and manufacture a Containerised Dive System for use on a salvage project in South Africa. Read our case study about how the project developed.

About Crowley Maritime Corp: Titan Salvage

Crowley Maritime Corp. subsidiary Titan Salvage is a world leader in the provision of salvage, wreck removal and maritime emergency response solutions, providing world-class services that ensure long-term company durability while ensuring the safety of their people, the public, and the environment.

Titan Salvage along with the Italian underwater construction firm Micoperi received worldwide publicity in May 2012 when they were awarded the salvage contracts for the Costa Concordia cruise liner which famously sank off the coast of Isola del Giglio in Italy on 13 January 2012.  The expected cost of their salvaging plan, which came to more than US$300 million, makes it the most expensive salvage operation ever.

Sub Marine Manufacturing & Products Ltd (SMP) has previously provided bespoke engineered solutions to Titan Salvage on a number of occasions in support of their pursuit for excellence in offshore commercial diving operations.

The Challenge
Titan Salvage approached SMP in early 2014 to purchase a new standard of containerised dive system which would be designed to the individual and exacting requirements of Titan Salvage for use on a salvage project in South Africa.  Specifically they were looking for a hybrid container design that would support both Dive Control operations combined with supporting breathing air machinery all within a single 20ft ISO shipping container.

Within the container designs were several considerations which would need to be incorporated as follows:

  • Environmental control to support use in hot weather climates
  • Dual electrical voltage supply (USA and UK)
  • Integrated LP/HP breathing air compressors together with LP/HP air storage
  • 3 Diver gas control panel
  • Diver CCTV monitoring and communications

Due to the bespoke nature of Titans requirements, an initial design drawing was going to be required to see how we would squeeze all of the required equipment into a single 20ft container.

The Solution – Initial Consultation and Design Proposal
Following a meeting with the client here at SMP to better understand the requirements of Titan Salvage, the SMP in-house design team set to work and produced a series of detailed general arrangement drawings which were then agreed with the client.

The images shown below are a selection of the general arrangement proposal drawings which were sent to the client for approval following our meeting to understand in detail their requirements.

Following approval from the client of the general arrangement drawings we then proceeded to full manufacture.  During the manufacturing process SMP worked closely with the client  who was regularly onsite to monitor the progress of the build and to provide any feedback.

Dive Control area with 3 Diver Gas Control Panel with Gas Analysis, diver comms and diver CCTV monitoring station.

8 x 50Litre Cylinders HP Gas Storage Bank, Decant Panel and Coltri MCH 36 Breathing Air Compressor.

Louvered Container Panels Were Used Along with Air Conditioning to help with the environmental control

Bulkhead wall with PVC windows and door along with solid wood worktops

LP Air Compressor, Receiver and Additional Vertical Air Receiver

The Result
This date critical system was completed and delivered on time, in full and on budget for use on a salvage project in South Africa to the clients’ complete satisfaction.  The client Titan Salvage are very happy with the system and are now proceeding to upgrade their other containers to this same high standard of specification and quality.

Daniel Dolson who is the Operations Manager for Titan Salvage worked closely with SMP on this project and provided the following feedback:

“Titan Salvage is proud to take ownership of our newest containerized system built by SMP in the UK. This three diver air system was built to Titan’s specifications, addressing issues such as hot weather climate work, dual electrical voltage (USA and UK), and built-in compressors and safety systems. Thank you to the team at Submarine Manufacturing for putting this system together for us! This is the second unit in a series of three on order. The first two delivered systems are currently working in South Africa on a Titan salvage project. ”

Download this case study (PDF Format)

Commercial diving equipment in Production – September 2014

The manufacturing and design team at SMP are busy working on new projects as well as building equipment for stock.

After lots of demand from customers, we made the decision to stock some of our most popular manufactured products to speed up our delivery times to our customers. These products can be supplied as is or configured to customer specification.

Please contact us today for prices, availability and delivery options on all these products.
Tel: +44(0)1772 687775

1.8m (72 inch) Deck Decompression Chamber (DDC)

3 in Production

Chamber comes with CE approval and has the following specification:
Depth Rating: 100 Metres
Design Code: PD5500
Certification: Lloyds Design Approval built under survey
Working Pressure: 10 Bar
Length: 4330 mm
Width: 2061 mm
Height: 2126 mm
Weight: 3875 kgs
Viewports: 1 x Entry Lock and 2 x Main Lock


1.5m (60 inch) Deck Decompression Chamber (DDC)

2 in Production

These chambers can be supplied as a stand alone chamber or in a shipping container designed to customer specification.

The chamber comes with CE approval and will be issued with Lloyd’s Certification Package.

Single Diver Launch and Recovery System (LARS)

1 in Production

SMPs Single Basket LARS has been specifically designed to give a compact operating footprint to minimise the deck space required on board a vessel or barge. Emphasis has been placed on ease of mobilisation and demobilisation, so that these costs are kept to a minimum.

Other Stock Available Now

Coltri Compressor MCH6/SH

2 in Stock


Kirby Morgan 37 w/MWP Comms

3 in Stock

Coltri Compressor MCH16/DY Tech

2 in Stock

Kirby Morgan 37 Stainless Steel

4 in stock

Coltri Compressor MCH6/EM Compact

2 in Stock

Kirby Morgan Superlite 27 w/MWP

1 in Stock

If you cannot see what you are looking for please take a look at our website:- or

Contact our UK based Sales Team
Tel: +44 (0) 1772 687775

Apex, Aqua Lung Event at Fleetwood Nautical Campus 25/Sept/2014

SMP will be exhibiting our range of diving panels at an event on Thursday 25th of September 2014, at the Fleetwood Nautical Campus, Fleetwood, Lancashire.

The event will be hosted by Aqua Lung UK and Apeks Marine Equipment Ltd and it is the UK launch of their Commercial Diving range of products.

The day will consist of a morning of presentations and discussions commencing at 9:30am followed by a buffet lunch.

The afternoon will be given over to in-water demonstrations and Try Dives featuring the new Gorski G3000SS Helmet in Fleetwood’s Offshore Survival Centre Training Pool.

Submarine Manufacturing and Products (SMP) will be assisting Apeks and Aqua Lung on the day and we will be presenting our comprehensive range of Surface Supply Commercial Diving Panels which Aqua Lung have selected to complete their “One Stop Shop” range of Commercial Diving Equipment.

If you are interested in attending the event in Fleetwood or if you require more information, please contact John Law at Apeks. before the 11th September.

John Law
Military and Professional Sales Manager
Aqua Lung UK and Apeks Marine Equipment Ltd

Kirby Morgan Caution Bulletin – Second Stages Used with M-48 SuperMask

Will all owners of a Kirby Morgan M-48 SuperMask® please take note of the following caution bulletin released by Kirby Morgan. Contact us at if you require more information.

Bulletin #9 of 2014. August 25, 2014
Caution Bulletin
Regarding Second Stages Used with M-48 SuperMask® (P/N 800-048) and M-48 MOD 1 (P/N 800-150)

Kirby Morgan Dive Systems Inc.® DOES NOT recommend using balloon type valve second stage regulators, e.g., the Poseidon Jet Stream,® or XSTREAM® models, or any regulators that could well exceed 40 millibars (MBR) of pressure when the purge is fully depressed, on the M-48 SuperMask, P/N 800-048 or the M-48 MOD 1, P/N 800-150.

The Poseidon Jet Stream® and the XSTREAM® models are high performance regulators that are capable of delivering very large volumes of air when the purge is fully depressed. This high gas flow can be sudden and dramatic, and while this condition may not pose a significant risk to a non-full face mask diver, it could pose a significant risk when using the M-48 SuperMask or M-48 MOD 1 because the seal provided by these masks may not allow overpressure air from around the diver’s lips to escape and vent quickly enough, causing oral and lung pressures to exceed the 40 MBR positive pressure limit which could be hazardous to the diver.

If an overpressure event as described above occurs, this could result in serious injury or death.

For more information, please contact us at

Kirby Morgan M48 Supermask

Kirby Morgan M48 Supermask

Original Bulletin can be found here: -