Schat-Harding Launches New Offshore Lifeboat

Monday, August 25, 2008

Schat-Harding is to launch a new generation freefall lifeboat for the offshore industry at the Offshore North Sea exhibition. The FF1200 boat
and matching davit will have a capacity for up to 70 persons and will be suitable for drop heights from platforms and other offshore units up to
33 m above sea level in extreme conditions. The unique feature of the new design is that it meets all the new OLF (The Norwegian Oil Industry
Association) design criteria for lifeboats in the Norwegian offshore sector, which leads the world in offshore safety standards.
The FF1200 has additional clearance inside the boat for safety and comfort with a more streamlined shape and powerful engine to give better headway in waves. Improved structural design will maximize canopy strength during the drop and splash in and a new seat design is based on heavier workers, with an average weight of 100 kg. Five point seatbelts will keep passengers from 1.4 m to 2.1 m tall safe and comfortable even with high drop heights into heavy waves.
New research has shown that some passengers in high-drop freefall boats can be exposed to very high g forces, especially when the boat is
launched into heavy seas. Schat-Harding, working with the OLF, has introduced a new seat, seat belt and head protection arrangement which are designed to ensure that all personnel in the lifeboat are protected from high g forces when launched even into the troughs of large waves.
The new seats and head restraints have been tested at the TNO Automotive test centre in Eindhoven, The Netherlands. The tests are based on a
worst case scenario with waves up to 15 m significant height. Seats and restraints based on the principles proven in the test will be fitted to
the new FF1200 and also be available for retrofit to the FF1000 and FF48 freefall boats in service.
A full size prototype will be tested at the end of 2008. Orders for the new boats have already been received from BP Norge for the Skarv FPSO
and Valhall RD, and Talisman Energy for the Yme RD. The first delivery is due March 2009.
Email: per.einar.gjerding@schat-harding.com

Maritime Reporter July 2015 Digital Edition
FREE Maritime Reporter Subscription
Latest Maritime News    rss feeds

Offshore

Activists Block Shell's Arctic Drilling Quest

Greenpeace protestors dangling from a bridge on Thursday in Portland, Oregon, halted an icebreaker that Royal Dutch Shell needs in northern Alaska before it can

MOL Wins Eco Awards in California

Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. earned recognition from the ports of both Los Angeles and Long Beach, California, today, for its efforts to ensure compliance with

Mexico to Postpone Deep Water Auction

Mexico, which has started to open its nationalized oil industry to additional private investment, will postpone auctions for deep-water oil exploration and production

Maritime Safety

ClassNK Releases Guidelines for CNG Carriers

Classification society ClassNK has released its Guidelines for Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) Carriers.   Global economic and population growth is bringing about

China, Russia in Sea of Japan Joint Military Drills

China and Russia will hold joint naval and air defence drills in the Sea of Japan, China said on Thursday, the latest exercises between the two countries which could concern Japan,

China: U.S. "Militarizing" South China Sea

China's Defence Ministry on Thursday accused the United States of "militarising" the South China Sea by staging patrols and joint military drills there, ramping

 
 
Maritime Careers / Shipboard Positions Maritime Contracts Maritime Security Maritime Standards Navigation Offshore Oil Port Authority Ship Electronics Ship Repair Sonar
rss | archive | history | articles | privacy | contributors | top maritime news | about us | copyright | maritime magazines
maritime security news | shipbuilding news | maritime industry | shipping news | maritime reporting | workboats news | ship design | maritime business

Time taken: 0.1203 sec (8 req/sec)