Diving support ship makes Hartlepool its home

SHIP SHAPE: Chris Jakeman alongside the diving support vessel Curtis Marshall.
SHIP SHAPE: Chris Jakeman alongside the diving support vessel Curtis Marshall.
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A JOBS-BOOSTING multi-million pound ship – which supplies the diving industry – has chosen Hartlepool as its home.

The DSV (Dive Support Vessel) Curtis Marshall, was built in the Tees Valley from March, 2011.

AT THE CONTROLS: Chris Jakeman in the wheelhouse of the  Curtis Marshall.

AT THE CONTROLS: Chris Jakeman in the wheelhouse of the Curtis Marshall.

Now four years on, North- East man Chris Jakeman is the operations manager for the ship – which is so huge at 100ft-long and around 24ft-wide, it only just fits into Hartlepool Marina.

It has four fixed crew and can support a diving crew of 16 people.

Chris said: “The crew will be based locally and we are supporting local employment.”

The multi-million pound vessel, the first of it type to be built in the Tees Valley for years, was launched by businessmen Tony Curtis, who runs Sub Aqua Diving Services and Barry Marshall of B Marshall Marine.

The crew will be based locally and we are supporting local employment.

Chris Jakeman, operations manager

DSV Curtis Marshall has been built specifically for renewable energy, dive support, survey work and general repair/maintenance.

Its facilities include an on-board decompression chamber, an 12.5-tonne crane.

Chris said he was delighted to be working out of Hartlepool.

“It’s a nice area and I have been here quite a bit. I know the Marina really well.”

He said the Curtis Marshall was already causing interest because of its size, as it came in and out of the marina with little more than a tiny gap of manoeuvring space.

“We have had spectators watching us as we get in and out the marina,” he said.

He said photographers were also keen to take pictures of the ship.

Marshall Marine was established in 2010, and the Curtis Marshall was designed specifically for offshore diving support.

The vessel can accommodate up to 16 people.