By Phoenix International Holdings
Washington, DC — Phoenix International Holdings, Inc. (Phoenix) hosted Maryland Senator BenjaminÂ Cardin at their facility in Largo, Maryland, Monday 19 October. The Senator received a companyÂ capabilities briefing from Phoenix President, Michael Kutzleb, prior to touring 77,000 sq. ft. ofÂ warehouse spaces housing an extensive inventory of U.S. Navy and commercial underwater equipment.Â During the briefing, the Senator heard about the cost and life saving services Phoenix provides the U.S.Â Navy in underwater ship repair, search and recovery operations, and submarine rescue, as well as theÂ company's latest engineering developments.
The warehouse tour included presentations on underwater search and recovery equipment that PhoenixÂ maintains and operates for the Navy's Office of the Supervisor of Salvage and Diving (SUPSALV). AsÂ the Navy's prime contractor for Undersea Operations, Phoenix is responsible for conducting search andÂ recovery projects worldwide from any suitable vessel of opportunity. Elements of this equipment mostÂ recently supported the initial search phases for the Air France Flight 447's black boxes. Senator CardinÂ was also briefed on the 6-man, 1,000 ft. depth capable, portable saturation diving system PhoenixÂ designed and is delivering to the Navy; the 20,000 ft. depth capable science Remotely Operated VehicleÂ the company has designed for NOAA's Office of Exploration and Research; its companion batteryÂ powered mini-ROV, xBot; and Phoenix's purpose built ROV, Remora, which just completed itsÂ refurbishment after a season supporting the subsea mining industry.
Phoenix provides manned and unmanned underwater operations, design engineering, and projectÂ management services to clients in the offshore oil & gas, defense, and other ocean-interest industriesÂ worldwide. Expertise is available from six regional offices in the areas of wet and dry hyperbaricÂ welding, conventional and atmospheric diving, robotic systems, and tooling. Our capabilities supportÂ subsea tieback; infield development; underwater inspection, maintenance and repair; construction; deepÂ ocean search & recovery; and submarine rescue.