The Trans Med Pipeline Project
In the early 1970ís, Ente Nazionale Idrocarburi (ENI),
Castoro Sei, with a Maersk supply boat alongside
InterSubís involvement commenced in the summer of 1975, when Saipem engineers artificially buckled a section of pipe in 550 meters in the Sicilian Channel. In order to determine that the pipe could be successfully recovered and repaired, InterSubís technical team headed by Managing Director Jean-Francoise Durand and Technical Director Marc Henry, worked alongside Saipemís engineers in order to establish operational procedures for deep water manned submersible intervention, together with the design and manufacture of underwater tooling that could be moved into position and, where necessary, operated from InterSubís new custom-built Perry PC16 submersible.
Submarine PC16 is loaded aboard InterSub 4 at Marseille
PC 16, trial dives off Cassis - photo by Remy Durand. The boat had just been fitted with syntactic foam side pods in order to provide additional buoyancy.
Bryde Pedersen's Trans Med Pictures. Messina Strait 1979