M/Y Global is perfect for carrying out deep sea expeditions, such as the Triton personal submarine.


The Experience

For our trip the sub was carried on Allure Shadow, a former offshore industry ship converted into a shadow vessel (pictured overleaf). In useful synergy its owners were keen to show it to prospective buyers. Jones had a large number of potential buyers keen to investigate the sub and as this Triton had yet to complete its fi nal 305-metre checkout dive, he invited an ABS surveyor to attend. He would be the first non-employee to descend to 1,000 feet.

His trip took nearly one and a half hours because of the ocean’s sloping terrain. He couldn’t say defi nitively that class certicate would be granted; his fi ndings still had to go to a class committee for fi nal approval, but he reported “everything functioned correctly on the sub”, adding it was “highly maneuverable” and that he also liked the computer touch screen system. Allure’s crew hoisted the sub and gingerly dipped it in Bimini’s turquoise waters a few feet away from the side of the ship. Crew members then took passengers by Jet Ski to the sub. I found this part of the trip easier than expected and the Triton was just as stable as promised. 

Once inside I slid into the seat and instantly marveled at the amount of open space. I confess I would’ve liked just a few more inches of headroom to the right side, but it was quite satisfactory. Lahey, the pilot, gave me a five-minute rundown of the emergency procedures, including what the yacht report 126 to do in the case of pilot. He said: “Turn these two knobs here to blow air into the main ballast tanks and you’ll rise to the surface.” Easy enough! He regularly updated the surface crew with our depth, direction and life support status checks by underwater telephone. 

Aside from the announcements, my audible gasps of glee, and a quiet hum from the command system (a problem engineers promised would be remedied by the end of the trip), the entire journey was silent. There wasn’t much to see in Open Ocean until we descended to 180 feet. There nearly at the bottom, we were treated to a wall view; it teemed with juvenile butterfly fish and basslets, various sponges, coral and sea whips. Lahey wasn’t shy about getting really close to the action and the sub’s maneuverability and size allowed him to easily navigate the nooks. He allowed me to take the controls to experience how easy pilotage was. 

I was overwhelmed to sit and gaze in silence at the underwater world without the hassle of SCUBA equipment and without the fear of looming sharks, eels and jellyfish. It’s easy to understand what this sub offers underwater explorers and scientists alike.

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