Utilized for deep-water expeditions, ANTIPODES is a manned submersible that enables recreational, commercial and scientific applications for explorers, researchers, scientists, filmmakers and content providers. Through this unique submersible, Adventurers can access underwater environments and target sites at depths of 305 meters (1,000 feet).
ANTIPODES accommodates a crew of five, including a pilot, and boasts a 305-meter (1000') depth rating, which allows access to much of the world’s continental shelves and the biology that exists in those areas. Twin 58-inch hemispherical acrylic domes also provide exceptional views for direct observation and filming during deep-sea expeditions, while its 6,545 kg (14,400 lbs) weight and 13.6 ft x 8.3 ft x 8.7 ft in dimensions ensure impressive portability on a variety of yachts and ships.
First built in 1973 as a diver lock-out sub by Perry Submarine, PC-1501 spent several years operating in the North Sea oil fields. Rebuilt in 1995 and renamed XPC15, it was installed and operated around the world aboard the 150' superyacht MYSTERE. It was further modified in 2001 and renamed ANTIPODES by Submarine Adventures, which successfully operated the sub in Milford Sound, New Zealand, where it took thousands of tourists on dives to depths of 1,000 feet.
Engineered with both safety and convenience in mind, ANTIPODES is certified by the American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) and has proven itself as a safe and effective vessel over the course of more than 1,300 dives in a variety of sea conditions. While typical mission profiles will call for dives of 2-8 hours in duration, ANTIPODES has the additional capability to provide life support for five people for 72 hours.
ANTIPODESis a deep sea manned submersible with proven experience and an excellent safety record. She is well equipped and operationally dive-ready, having completed her three year American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) Classification Survey in February, 2017 that included a complete disassembly and inspection, as well as certification deep dive.
With six individual 5HP electric thrusters, ANTIPODESis highly maneuverable at depth and extremely comfortable for pilot and up to four crew. She features two large 58” clear hemispheric acrylic domes on both bow and stern that provide a unique platform for excellent viewing and real time crew collaboration. Operating as either a stand-alone platform or working in tandem with other technologies (ROV, AUV, Sat-Diver) and equipment.
ANTIPODES can be quickly configured to meet specific client needs and efficiently perform a wide range of underwater tasks including:
Visual inspection and observation
Data collection and sampling
This modular approach to hardware configuration and crew composition means ANTIPODESis ideally suited to projects where requirements and conditions may vary between dives.
Located Seattle, Washington
Builder: Perry Submersibles, Riveria Beach, Florida
Power: 120 VDC – 2 independent banks of 15 lead acid 8VDC cells (Newly installed 2017; ABS Special Certified)
Thrusters: Six 5 HP Tecnadyne thrusters; four horizontal; two vertical
Endurance: Life Support up to three days 3 days
Communications: ScubaPhone underwater communications system
Tracking: Linkquest 1500
Icom surface VHF radio
Key Features and Highlights
Emergency Equipment and Recovery Systems:
Life support systems for 72 hours (with five crew members)
Analox CO2 monitoring system
1600’ emergency release tether and surface buoy
Towing bridle and steel spreader bar
Emergency backup power, hydraulic, oxygen and high pressure air systems
Tools and Technology:
Film, still photography and video imaging capabilities through dome (external camera equipment can be mounted)
Teledyne BlueView™ sonar equipped
External lighting LED and Halogen (multiple unit & array configurable)
Long Duration Dives:
Current systems sufficient to allow five people to stay down for 8 - 10 hours with 72 additional hours of life support. If crew is reduced to three persons, then over three days with reserves is feasible.
When it comes to efficient deployment in any location, ANTIPODESoffers the following benefits:
Rapid mobilization and demobilization due to compact size and weight
Can be containerized and shipped anywhere
Deploys off of any ship of opportunity
Does not require a man-rated crane (minimum rated crane capacity: SWL 10 tons)
Can operate in sea state 3
Can be surfaced towed using built-in bridle and rigging
Fully autonomous: Does not need tether or tethering related equipment
Speed approximately 2.5 knots
Large internal volume with over 4.4 cubic meters of space
Research and Data Collection
Collect research data in real-time with first-hand views, onboard collaboration and the flexibility to modify your mission profile while still on site.
Film and Media Production
The ultimate stage to film the treasures of the deep in a highly adaptive vessel designed to illuminate the depths, capture vibrant images and document natural habitat.
Deep Sea Testing Platform
A unique underwater testing platform to conduct a wide array of experiments to test equipment or expedite sensitive research in deep ocean environments.
Navigation and Scientific Equipment
• Fluxgate compass
• Depth sounder for altitude off bottom
• Depth gauge
• External temperature probe
• GPS for surface location
• VHF radio
• 27kHz Scubaphone with transponder
• Linkquest 1500 tracking system with acoustic messaging option
* Demonstration dives are possible with costs to be applied to the purchase price: $15,000 1st day of orientation diving, $7,500 for each subsequent day.
The Expert's Comments
ANTIPODES represents a very unique opportunity to purchase (or charter) a well proven 5 person submarine with full class compliance and full technical support from OceanGate Inc., who are the builders and operators of the private adventure exploration of RMS TITANIC this summer of 2018.
ANTIPODES provides the adventurer and the citizen scientist alike the ability to discover unexplored parts of the earth’s oceans that NO ONE has seen before, ever. The ground breaking scientific and research opportunities are currently endless. Purpose built for serious science and adventuring.
ANTIPODES can provide you, your family and friends on vivid, incredible, unique experiences of a life time that may even benefit humanity. Underwater photography anyone?