In 1997, six underwater operations experts joined resources to form Phoenix Marine, Inc., an underwater services company dedicated to the waterborne repair of US Navy ships. This goal was realized when the US Navy awarded Phoenix a five-year Diving and Diving Related Services contract.
Within three years, the company, deploying an internally designed and built 6,000 msw depth capable ROV, won several internationally competed contracts to search for and recover aircraft and rocket components from water depths to 3,000 meters. In 2001, this demonstrated capability resulted in the award of another five-year contract to perform search and recovery services for the US Navy.
In 2003, from our operating base in Louisiana, Phoenix began providing underwater services to the oil & gas industry in the Gulf of Mexico. Starting with surface air and mixed gas diving, the company expanded into Atmospheric Diving and ROV services, allowing us to perform inspection, repair, maintenance, and construction operations from the surface down to 6,000 msw.
This expansion continues today, and Phoenix has grown into a diversified and internationally respected underwater services provider. In response to our increasingly global activities, the company changed its name to Phoenix International, Inc. in 2000, and to Phoenix International Holdings, Inc. in late 2007 when we became 100% employee owned.
Today, Phoenix is active in undersea markets worldwide, providing manned and unmanned underwater operations and engineering solutions to our customers’ problems.
29 August 2018
Phoenix International contracted for submarine rescue system
Phoenix is required to maintain rescue systems are ready for worldwide deployment at any time. The contract includes work for the U.S. Navy and foreign military sales for Malaysia.
Work will be performed in San Diego, Calif., and is expected to be completed by August 2019. Navy and FMS fiscal 2018 funding in the amount of $4.6 million will be obligated at the time of award, with $4.1 million set to expire at the end of the current fiscal year.
The Pressurized Rescue Module is part of the Submarine Rescue System-Rescue Capable System which is needed to recover and rescue personnel from a disabled submarine. It consists of a pressurized rescue module, transfer skirt, control van, umbilical winch, launch and recovery system, deck cradle and the associated support equipment.
The vehicle can submerge up to 2,000 feet for docking and mating. It provides evacuation capabilities, hyperbaric habitat and can transfer personnel to the Submarine Decompression System. The PRM holds up to 16 personnel.
The SRDRS is 49 feet long and can reach a depth of up to 2,000 feet. It is designed to mate with the downed submarine hatch and carry up to 16 crewmen at a time to the surface in a pressurized environment.
It is small enough to be transported by truck and aircraft and is deployed from a surface ship. A repressurization system for the hyperbaric treatment of rescued sailors as it returns to the surface is currently under development.