The hull was constructed using approved and certified extra-thick steel plating. All the steel was sandblasted and coated to offshore specifications in Bangkok before being trucked to the shipyard in Phuket. The interior was fitted with a pre-fabricated Simpac system that is Lloyds and ABS approved for fire and safety.
Ocean Rover carries a full set of international certificates, including the Passenger Ship Safety Certificate. This enabled her to operate in many different countries, taking divers to all the best reefs of South East Asia.
It was during one of those voyages, while anchored in Indonesia’s famous Lembeh Strait that Ocean Rover was spotted by Roman Szalay, a locally based dive operator and underwater photographer. One might say that it was love at first sight. One thing led to another and in May 2008 Ocean Rover made a final departure from Phuket and headed for her new home port in Manado from where she will continue to bring divers to the diverse and plentiful reefs of Indonesia for many more years to come.