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DARK OCEAN DEEPSEA

Incredible Underwater Projects

WHAT WE DO

"our goal is to create vehicles that change how the world experiences, understands and interacts with our oceans"

John Ramsay, Tom Blades - Dark Ocean founders

Dark Ocean specialises in the design, engineering, certification and commissioning of extraordinary underwater vehicles.

Our submersibles have broken world records, been used to discover countless new species and supported the production of breath-taking documentaries.

OUR TEAM

JOHN RAMSAY

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JOHN RAMSAY

"a man who makes Bond’s Q look like an amateur"

Catherine Nixey, The Ecomomist

In 2019, John became the first Brit to dive to the deepest place on earth, Challenger Deep, alongside Patrick Lahey, co-founder and president of Triton Submarines. They dove in a submersible designed and engineered by Dark Ocean, the Triton 36000/2, named 'Limiting Factor' by its owner, Victor Vescovo.

John's extensive portfolio includes submersibles produced by MSubs, James Fisher Defence and Triton Submarines. He has been the principal designer on vehicles produced to Lloyds Register, ABS and DNV.  

John's designs are known for their elegant simplicity, combining form with function to create unique, novel solutions.

TOM BLADES

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TOM BLADES

"the true 'brain' of the Limiting Factor"

Victor Vescovo, Founder - Five Deeps Expedition

Tom Blades is widely acknowledged to be one of the most versatile and creative electrical engineers in the industry.

 

Tom's control and navigation software is used on submarine rescue vehicles, autonomous submersibles, swimmer delivery vehicles and private submersibles. His electrical system designs are implemented on over twenty vehicles.

 

Tom's first-principals approach to design combined with his extensive in-field experience results in designs famed for their robust practicality and  cutting edge innovation.

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

from our Partners, our Customers and our Customers' Customers

TO THE TEAM AT DARK OCEAN

Thank you for producing such amazing equipment. Not only do they perform in the harsh depths, they also look very sexy!

Buck Taylor, Sub-Team Leader, OceanX

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OMEGA WATCHES

In supporting Omega Watches through the development of their "ultra-deep" watch, Dark Ocean's John Ramsay is listed as an inventor on two international patents.

EXPEDITION DEEP OCEAN

John - Obviously this journey could never have happened without your brilliant design. Thank you for everything and getting me safely back!

Victor Vescovo,

Explorer

World Record Holder - Deepest Dive

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EXPEDITION DEEP OCEAN

To Tom Blades -

The True 'Brain' of the Limiting Factor. Thank you for making this journey possible & keeping me safe.

Victor Vescovo

Explorer

World Record Holder - Deepest Dive