A new commercial submarine will take tourists to the ocean depths in Vietnam, once tourism reopens.
The DeepView, which was created by Triton, is a 15-metre long submarine with thick acrylic windows on all sides to allow the 24 passengers inside to get an uninterrupted view.
It can dive up to 100 metres and can stay underwater for around 14 hours. It is powered by a 240 kWh lead-acid battery, which powers the thrusters as well as the life support and lighting. The submarine is almost silent and produces no carbon emissions.
The incredible 24-person #submarine with vast panoramic windows that will take tourists to depths of up to 328ft in air-conditioned comfort
The Triton DeepView 24 affords passengers amazing views from the comfort of a 50ft-long interior pic.twitter.com/wSLHpxCRyM
— Hans Solo (@thandojo) May 9, 2020
According to Lonely Planet, the first completed model was delivered to Vinpearl Resorts in Vietnam to use off the coast of Nha Trang. This was after it went through a series of sea trials in March 2019.
“The Triton DeepView 24 with its panoramic view represents a quantum leap forward in submarine technology, providing a vastly-improved, fully-immersive guest experience. The variation in size, with models that will seat from six to 66 passengers means there is a sub suitable for a wide range of operators in different locations,” Triton CEO and co-founder Bruce Jones told Lonely Planet.
As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, Vinpearl Resort will only begin its tours in December this year.