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NOV 2013

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ST Company Profle Phoenix International: Providing Quality Underwater Services Worldwide Company has Grown Naval, Commercial Customer Base Over 16 Years P hoenix International Holdings Inc. (Largo, Maryland) is an experienced ISO 9001-2008 (Management System) certifed marine services company and recognized industry leader providing quality manned and unmanned underwater services to meet the specialized needs of government and commercial clients worldwide. With a passion for conducting high-quality subsea operations and engineering support services all over the world, Phoenix has gained a solid reputation for successfully addressing unique and challenging customer problems, often on very short notice. Phoenix has worked on a range of complex projects, such as underwater wet welding 95 feet beneath the surface on an offshore oil rig and ROV operations at depths up to 6,000 meters. Phoenix divers have logged 36,415 hours underwater since the company's founding in 1997. Naval Beginnings In addition to Phoenix's oil and gas, ocean sciences and other commercial industry customers, the company conducts support work for the U.S. Navy. Phoenix is the U.S. Navy's prime contractor for three rapid (24/7) worldwide response contracts: the Diving Services contract, the Undersea Operations contract and the Submarine Rescue contract. These contracts, all managed through the Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA), have earned Phoenix a solid reputation as the U.S. Navy's reliable and trusted partner in addressing complex and challenging emergent undersea problems. Back in September 1997, Phoenix started as a company with the award of the U.S. Navy Diving Services contract to provide diving, underwater ship repair and engineering services in support of the NAVSEA Director of Ocean Engineering, Supervisor of Salvage and Diving (SUPSALV) Offce. Beginning as a group of 12 dedicated employees, Phoenix quickly gained NAVSEA approval for several underwater welding and nondestructive testing procedures re- quired by the contract. With these procedures, the company began deploying its underwater ship repair diving specialists all over the world in support of NAVSEA tasking. In the years since, Phoenix divers have logged more than 36,000 hours underwater, which equates to more than four years of bottom time, while executing hundreds of emergent and routine underwater ship and submarine repairs involving dry chamber welding, wet welding, nondestructive testing and heavy rigging. In addition, Phoenix engineers have developed new cofferdams, underwater inspection systems, and diver tools and procedures to improve the U.S. Navy's underwater ship repair capabilities. Cumulatively, these efforts have resulted in saving the U.S. Navy time and money by providing solutions that keep ships out of dry dock and ready for sea. Today, Phoenix is in the middle of executing its third multiyear Diving Services contract, a testament to the dedication and professionalism of the company's divers, engineers and managers that work www.sea-technology.com November 2013 / st 27

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