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Sunday, December 17, 2017

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Norsafe Lifeboat Systems Ordered for Njord A Platform

Photo: Norsafe

Norsafe has received orders from Kværner relating to the delivery of new lifeboat systems to Statoil’s Njord A platform. Norsafe will supply three lifeboat systems of its largest freefall lifeboat, the GES 52, with compatible davits. The lifeboat systems are built according to SOLAS and DNV-OS-E406, and although the products were developed just a few years ago, they have already been delivered to many installations worldwide. The contract is worth over 35 million Norwegian kroner and will be delivered in 2018 and 2019.

Xervo Announces SOLAS Lifeboat Version

Photo courtesy of Xervo

Xervo is a supplier of lifeboat systems to jack-up platforms that meet NORSOK standards. This know-how is now being used to develop safe and cost-effective lifeboat systems for the SOLAS market. The Danish lifeboat producer Xervo is now announcing a SOLAS version of its popular Boat-In-A-Box lifeboat and rescue boat systems. In recent years the company has had major success with its state-of-the-art lifeboat, developed in co-operation with Maersk Drilling to meet the NORSOK R-002 standard.

Harding Inks Deals with Three Industry Giants

The signing (Credit Harding)

In the past few weeks, Harding, an international supplier of maritime safety equipment, has signed three framework agreements with Statoil, Petrobras and A.P. Møller Mærsk. "This shows that our global strategy of being a complete supplier of both equipment and services was the right strategy for the company," said Styrk Bekkenes, CEO of Harding. Statoil is Harding's biggest client on the Norwegian continental shelf, with over 120 lifeboat systems in operation. Statoil has entered a five-year framework agreement with Harding for the delivery of new lifeboat systems…

Xervo Gets Lifeboat 'In a Box' Jack-up Rig Orders

XLE offshore rig: Photo Xervo

The Danish davit manufacturer Xervo says it is to provide its lifeboats, 'Boat-In-A-Box', to several Maersk Drilling projects. It will deliver lifeboat and rescue boat systems to the new fourth rig in the XLE series, as well as lifeboats to a retrofit project on the 'Maersk Innovator'. Maersk Drilling has chosen to equip its soon-to-be completed XL Enhanced 4 rig with seven Boat-In-A-Box lifeboat and rescue boat systems, which were developed in line with NORSOK R-002 standards.

Xervo and SH Group Expanding in Norway

Credit: Somaneset aerial photos.

The possible introduction of the NORSOK R-002 standards means there’s a big job to be done upgrading the lifeboats and rescue boats onboard the rigs already operating in the Norwegian sector. In order to meet the growing demand, SH Group and its subsidiaries Xervo and Sepro Technology are now opening an actual business unit in Sandnes. In addition, all three companies will take part in the ONS conference in Stavanger at the end of August, at which Xervo’s Boat-In-A-Box NORSOK R-002 lifeboat system can be experienced life-size and with complete functionality.

Xervo Offers Boat-in-a-Box for Commercial Shipping

Lifeboat producer Xervo has now reimagined and redeveloped its Boat-In-A-Box concept to match the needs of the commercial shipping business, and has already landed its first commercial shipping order for delivery in Q2 2016. The new lifeboat combines Xervo’s well-known safety concept with a compact design that offers better space utilization, lower service and maintenance costs, and a better lifetime value than existing solutions on the market. The Danish lifeboat producer Xervo said it has been very successful in recent years with its Boat-In-A-Box lifeboat for offshore projects, in particular jack-up rigs in the Norwegian market. Last year the company launched a SOLAS-version of the lifeboat for rig systems, and that variant has now been further developed for use in commercial shipping.

Production Shutdown on Kristin

The Kristin platform in the Norwegian Sea (Photo: Trond Sigvaldsen)

StatoilHydro announced that production on the Kristin field in the Norwegian Sea has now been shut down and the platform staff is being temporarily reduced until the lifeboat systems have been tested and found to be functional. “A defect has been discovered in the release mechanisms of the new lifeboat type installed on the Kristin platform,” said Eileen Buan, head of operations on the Kristin field. Kristin is producing around 10 million cubic metres of gas per day and around 10,000 cubic metres of condensate per day.

Petrojarl Knarr FPSO Earns AoC from PSA Norway

Petrojarl Knarr (Photo: Norsafe)

Teekay’s Petrojarl Knarr FPSO has received PSA Norway’s Acknowledgement of Compliance (AoC), and has now arrived the Knarr field in the North Sea. The AoC is a statement from the PSA expressing the authorities’ confidence that petroleum activity can be performed by the facility within the regulatory framework. FPSO Petrojarl Knarr is to be used on the Knarr field, where BG Norge AS is the operator. The Knarr field is in the North Sea, around 50 kilometers north-east of Snorre. Petrojarl Knarr is classified by DNV GL and sails under the Bahamian flag.

Transas Survival Craft Simulator Eliminates Drill Risks

Photo: Transas

Transas has introduced a new Survival Craft Simulator (SCS) to prepare crew for the multitude of possible scenarios that can occur during lifeboat drills, aiming to address one of the most notorious sources of accidents in shipping without exposing personnel to physical danger. Effective survival craft training is essential to prepare crew for a disaster at sea but practical lifeboat drills have a troubling track record for causing fatalities. By shifting some elements of training to a simulated environment…

Norsafe Continues Expansion

Norsafe's advanced technology GES50 MKIII free-fall lifeboat

Norsafe opened a new service station in Perth, Australia. This offers their customers better access to service, maintenance, spare parts and training for lifesaving systems in the region. The new establishment will strengthen after sales services and the supply of spare parts for Norsafe products in the Australasia region, with staff and facilities now located closer to existing and prospective clients. The new service office also has a 350m² workshop for refurbishment and repair of lifeboats and is fully supported by the nearest Singapore service station.

Harding Wins Heerema Sleipnir Contract

Sleipnir (Image: Harding)

Harding has been awarded contracts for nine FF1200 freefall lifeboat systems complete with davits on Heerema Offshore Services BV’s Semi Submersible Crane Vessel Sleipnir. The vessel will be built by Sembcorp Marine at its flagship Tuas Boulevard Yard in Singapore. Heerema’s Sleipnir is one of just a handful of large offshore projects currently running, along with the Johan Sverdrup Field Centre in Norway, where Harding is also a supplier. “Everyone is talking about Sverdrup, but this project is every bit as big, with just as many systems,” said Harding’s regional sales manager Oddgeir Mælen.

Schat-Harding Launches Global Multi-Brand Service

Schat-Harding Service Engineer.

Lifeboat manufacturer and service provider Schat-Harding has widened the range of its global service network to cover multi-brand servicing and the re-hooking of lifeboats. For the first time, shipowners and offshore operators will be able to get most of their lifeboats, hooks, winches and davits serviced by a trained engineer working to the highest global standards, backed by a global service network. They will also be able to use Schat-Harding’s range of modern hooks to replace older models which may no longer meet IMO standards in most boats.

VMT Provides Lifeboat Simulator for Rowan

Photo: Rowan

Virtual Marine Technology (VMT) provided its SurvivalQuest lifeboat simulator training system to Rowan Companies for lifeboat launch and recovery training to lifeboat operators and marine crews, complementing weekly safety drills conducted onboard Rowan drilling rigs. “Deploying the lifeboat simulator training system at Rowan will provide us with realistic training and competency assessment of lifeboat coxswains and marine crews, in a safe and controlled environment,” saysid Michael Lawson, Vice President - HSE and Marine.

BIMCO Guidance for Seafarers on Lifeboats

Image: BIMCO

BIMCO has developed new guidance for seafarers on the safe launching and recovery of lifeboats using fall preventer devices (FPDs), to reduce the number of seafarer fatalities and injuries. Lifeboat accidents resulting in fatalities and serious injuries are all too frequent, despite efforts in recent years to reduce them. Most of the accidents happen in boats using conventional davits and on-load release systems. However, recently other parts of the suspension and lifting systems have been identified as points of failure too, particularly the wire rope falls on larger lifeboats.

Viking Refits Four NGSCO Vessels with LRRS Systems

Anders Noergaard Lauridsen

The National Gas Shipping Company (NGSCO) of Abu Dhabi said new Lifeboat Release and Retrieval Systems (LRRS) are being installed in advance of new IMO regulations coming into force this year. The combination of the innovative Nadiro Drop-in-Ball  technology and Viking UAE’s certified lifeboat service technicians were the perfect solution to achieve compliance. New IMO regulations call for major and mandatory improvements to safeguard lives both during lifeboat drills and during emergencies at sea.

Motion Compensation Aids Offshore Lifeboat Lift

A lifeboat on the Ampelmann system right before installation (Photo courtesy of Ampelmann)

In a refurbishment program to upgrade lifeboats on offshore platforms, Ampelmann completed a second successful reinstallation using its full motion compensation technology. The eight-metric-ton lifeboat was kept completely stationary above the vessel deck, to allow lifting by the platform’s davit cranes. Traditionally, refurbished lifeboats are reinstalled on the offshore structure in the following manner: a platform supply vessel takes the lifeboat offshore, where it is lifted from the deck to the sea.

Supacat’s Prototype L&R System

A new Launch and Recovery System (L&RS) developed by Supacat for the Royal National Lifeboat Institution’s (RNLI) new class of all-weather lifeboat (ALB) has undergone a two year trials program. These trials tested the system in demanding conditions and were held at Hayle, . The new L&RS design met all the requirements of the prototype specification and exceeded expectations during the trials; lifeboat crew feedback is now being used by the RNLI and Supacat to refine the pre-production design.

Prosafe Crew to Train Using a New Lifeboat Simulator

(Photo: Virtual Marine Technology)

Virtual Marine Technology said it has delivered a second lifeboat simulator system to Prosafe. The simulator was custom built for training lifeboat coxswains onboard the Safe Zephyrus, one of Prosafe’s newest accommodation rigs. The Safe Zephyrus was constructed at Jurong Shipyard Pte Ltd in Singapore. The vessel complies with Norwegian regulations and is capable of operating in the harshest environments and with the highest standards of safety. It can accommodate up to 450 people in single person cabins.

Enhancing Lifeboat Saftey

DNV is taking lifeboat safety one step further. The company claims that maritime lifeboat safety will be enhanced by transferring offshore lifeboat design practices to ships. The shortcomings of existing free fall lifeboat designs were revealed in a number of incidents related to structural safety, human loads and headway back in 2005. A joint industry project was initiated by OLF (the Norwegian Oil and Gas Association) to find the reasons for these incidents. The project revealed that the SOLAS requirements, on which the design criteria were built, were based on lifeboat performance during test launches into calm waters and from heights significantly smaller than those encountered on host facilities on the Norwegian Continental Shelf.

Schat-Harding Develops IMO-Compliant Safety System

Leading lifeboat manufacturer and service provider Schat-Harding has completed all tests required by IMO to ensure that its SeaCure lifeboat release and retrieval systems (the new name for hooks) meet the new IMO guidelines for existing and new lifeboats. Reacting to industry requests Schat-Harding has also developed a Secondary Safety System (SSS) for the SeaCure hook. Although not required by IMO guidelines or SOLAS regulations, the SSS is recommended by many shipping industry groups…

New E2S System Signals Lifeboat Launch

U.K. signalling manufacturer E2S Warning Signals has designed and developed a bespoke siren system to alert people nearby when an RNLI lifeboat is launching. The Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) is the charity that saves lives at sea. It has 236 lifeboat stations around the coasts of the U.K. and Ireland. Its lifeboats are crewed by specially trained volunteers, who carry pagers. When the pager goes off, alerting them to an emergency at sea, they drop everything and rush to the station to launch the lifeboat.

Large Project Awarded to Elliott Bay

The new SOLAS regulations are at the center of a large project recently awarded to Elliott Bay Design Group (EBDG). The Seattle-based naval architecture and marine engineering firm is providing a variety of services in conjunction with the installation of new lifeboat and davit systems aboard three large BP chartered ships. The retrofit program for the ships is being carried out well ahead of the requirement date, according to officials. EBDG is providing detail design, engineering, regulatory liaison and on-site construction supervision services for the project. The upgrade replaces the vessels' open lifeboats and gravity davits with new enclosed motor lifeboats that are capable of self-launching.

Metal Craft Marine, MIL Systems Get Contract

MetalCraft Marine and its joint venture partner MIL systems of Ottawa was awarded an option contract for four additional 47-ft. motor lifeboats. These self righting vessels are in addition to the original contract of seven, part of the Canadian Coast Guard Motor Life Boat program. The proprietary design is being built under a cooperation agreement between the U.S. Coast Guard and the Canadian Coast Guard. The U.S 40-ft. motor lifeboats are being built by Textron Land and Marine Systems of New Orleans and is powered by Twin Detroit 6V92 engines, while the Canadian Motor lifeboats are powered by twin Caterpillar 3196's. The completion of the next four Motor lifeboats for the Canadian Coast Guard is scheduled for the 2002. Contract value is $8,220,000 CDN.

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