Survival Craft Invests & Expands in North America
Survival Craft Inspectorate, a global provider of emergency marine evacuation systems, has acquired an industry innovation widely used in the cruise ship industry and announced plans to open two new offices in North America. The energy sector specialist expects these latest developments to add £10m (US$ 15.8m) to its turnover in the next three years. The opening of new offices in Fort Lauderdale in the United States and St John’s in Canada will create 10 jobs. Survival Craft Inspectorate has 90 staff based in Aberdeen…
'Survival Craft Inspectorate' Signs Middle East Agreement
UK-based 'Survival Craft Inspectorate' signs deal to provide for Qatar's onshore & offshore energy sector LS equipment needs. Survival Craft Inspectorate has signed an agreement that will see it establish an operational presence in the Middle East for the first time. The UK-based business has established formal links with Qatar-based IRM Offshore Services in the latest extension of its network of international bases. Senior figures from Survival Craft Inspectorate travelled to Doha to sign a memorandum of understanding with IRM counterparts in the presence of H.E.
USCG Address Passenger Ships with Unfit Survival Craft
The US Coast Guard issued a policy letter outlining enforcement action to be taken when its inspectors find passenger ship survival craft (lifeboats or life rafts) damaged or otherwise not fit for service. While the details can get complex, the policy largely provides that the inspector should temporarily reduce the maximum passenger capacity of the ship by the capacity of the unfit survival craft if that craft can not be replaced prior to the next voyage. PCV Policy Letter 06-08 source: HK Law
VMT on IMO’s Recognition of Survival Craft Simulation
The International Maritime Organization (IMO) has approved proposed changes to the Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping (STCW ‘95) Convention at a Diplomatic Conference in Manila, Philippines. Acceptance of the amended STCW Convention and its associated Codes means simulators have been formally recognized as a suitable tool for survival craft training. Virtual Marine Technology, manufacturer of SurvivalQuestTM, is the world’s only Det Norske Veritas (DNV) approved survival craft operations simulator. “This is a major step for survival craft training,” said Capt.
SCI Hires New Sales Head, Opens 12th Office
Survival Craft Inspectorate (SCI), a global provider of emergency marine evacuation systems, has made a new appointment and announced the opening of its 12th office. Jos Lems, who has more than 25 years’ experience in the maritime sector, has joined Survival Craft Inspectorate as Head of Global Sales. He will also lead the opening of the company’s new operation in Rotterdam, Holland. Survival Craft Inspectorate is on track to increase turnover for its year-end in 2014 to £30 million – a projected increase of 35% on its May 2013 figure. The Rotterdam office is targeting turnover of £1 million by the end of its first year. Jos Lems said…
Aberdeen Company Opens Lifeboat Training Center in Australia
An Aberdeen-based company is behind the first freefall lifeboat-training centre to open for business in Australia. Survival Craft Inspectorate Ltd (Survival Craft) has collaborated with Australia’s Industrial Foundation for Accident Prevention (IFAP) to establish the new facility in Fremantle, which was formally opened by Western Australia premier Colin Barnett. Also attending the celebrations on 15 October were Survival Craft managing director Angus Campbell, Company Secretary Catherine Campbell and global business development manager Derek Sinclair…
Survival Craft Inspectorate wins Shell contract
Safety specialist Survival Craft Inspectorate wins multimillion-pound Shell contract. Aberdeen-based marine safety specialist Survival Craft Inspectorate has secured a multimillion pound contract to supply and service life-saving equipment in Shell’s Southern North Sea sector. The three-year contract follows a successful tender to AJS, the joint venture set up by AMEC, Jacobs Engineering, and Stork Industry Services to deliver the ONEgas integrated services contract. ONEgas is the single management and operational structure combining the Southern North Sea assets of Shell UK Exploration & Production and Dutch partner company NAM. AJS carries out maintenance…
Survival Craft Wins $7.7B Lifeboat Contract
Marine safety specialist Survival Craft Inspectorate Ltd won offshore contracts potentially worth a total of $7.7B to supply new lifeboats that meet key upgrade requirements. Among Survival Craft’s clients are Apache, BP, Chevron, Maersk Oil and Marathon, which have all agreed supply contracts for the upgrading of their UK-located fixed installations. The upgrades are in accordance with the companies’ obligations as duty holders, taking into account the Health and Safety Executive’s Big Persons in Lifeboats Guidance Information Sheet 12/2008 for offshore installations, published in December 2008. The move has been prompted by the need for operators to comply with the Offshore Installations (Prevention of Fire and Explosion…
Survival Craft Wins $7.7m Lifeboat Contract
Marine safety specialist Survival Craft Inspectorate Ltd has won offshore contracts potentially worth a total of $7.7m to supply new lifeboats that meet key upgrade requirements. Among Survival Craft’s clients are Apache, BP, Chevron, Maersk Oil and Marathon, which have all agreed supply contracts for the upgrading of their UK-located fixed installations. The upgrades are in accordance with the companies’ obligations as duty holders, taking into account the Health and Safety Executive’s Big Persons in Lifeboats Guidance Information Sheet 12/2008 for offshore installations, published in December 2008. The move has been prompted by the need for operators to comply with the Offshore Installations (Prevention of Fire and Explosion…
Shell Orders from Survival Craft
Shell UK Ltd placed an order for two new 72 seat lifeboats from Survival Craft Inspectorate Ltd in Aberdeen. The lifeboats will replace two 56 seat lifeboats aboard the Anasuria FPSO operating in the North Sea. The new lifeboats will use the vessel’s existing davits but due to their design, will enable an increase in crew carrying capacity. The two lifeboats will be fitted with Survival Craft’s patented Safelaunch on-load release hook mechanism. This was the first release hook…
Fish Tender's Voyage Terminated
USCG law enforcement officers terminated a vessel's voyage for a federal safety violation. Officers from USCGC Naushon boarded Wild Salmon, a 74-ft. fish tender, near Ketchikan. The USCG personnel found Wild Salmon didn't have a survival craft aboard as required by law. The officers ordered Wild Salmon's skipper to take his vessel to Ketchikan and keep it there until he acquired a survival craft.
USCG Issues NVIC
The U.S. Coast Guard has issued Navigation and Vessel Inspection Circular (NVIC) 3-02 entitled 'Guidelines for Assessment of Merchant Mariners Proficiency in Survival-Craft or Rescue-Boats through Demonstrations of Skills. The circular provides national performance assessment guidelines for the assessment of merchant mariners' proficiency through demonstrations of survival-craft or rescue-boat skills. The guidelines are for use in training programs and by designated examiners when carrying out their assessments. Source: HK Law
Weston Appointed Manager at Survival Craft
Survival Craft Inspectorate (SCI), a global provider of emergency marine systems and support services, said it has made a key appointment as it targets further growth in 2014. David Weston has been appointed training and competence operations manager at the business, which recently opened its 12th office in Rotterdam. As well as his company-wide auditing role, David – who served in the RAF for 22 years – heads up the new Survival Craft Inspectorate Training Academy in Stonehaven.
Transas Survival Craft Simulator Eliminates Drill Risks
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…
SCI Launches Liferaft Equipment Division
Survival Craft Inspectorate (SCI), a global provider of emergency marine evacuation systems, is to launch a new division at the Cruise Shipping Miami 2013 exhibition (March 11-14, 2013). The new division of SCI will supply, install and maintain emergency liferafts for the commercial cruise shipping and energy markets. SCI will initially open three offices in the United Kingdom with the first being at the company’s Findon operation. Initially 10 jobs will be created across the three new operations.
LR Statutory Alert
During the past few months, there has been an increase in port state control (PSC) deficiencies relating to the arrangements for remotely located survival craft and especially the required length of embarkation ladders and other means of embarkation. This Classification News is a reminder that the length of the means of embarkation provided should enable descent from the deck to the waterline in a controlled manner. Specifically, SOLAS Regulation III/11.7 requires that “an embarkation ladder complying with the requirements of paragraph 6.1.6 of the Code extending…
Survival Craft Appoints Dutch Partners
Survival Craft Inspectorate, a global provider of emergency marine evacuation systems, has appointed two distributors for the Dutch market as it eyes new growth opportunities. The business has agreed partnerships with North Sea Davit & Lifeboat Services BV at Nieuwegein, as well as Polyrep BV at Hellevoetsluis. Both companies will have sales and installation rights for the Aberdeen-based company's Safelaunch lifeboat release and retrieval systems, which comply with the latest Solas MSC.1 / Circ 1392 guidelines.
Survival Craft Inspectorate Expands North Sea Ops
Aberdeen-based marine safety specialist Survival Craft Inspectorate is expanding its UK operations to meet demand from oil and gas clients operating in the Southern North Sea sector. The company is investing $1.2m in staffing and equipping new premises on the Harfreys Industrial Estate in Great Yarmouth. The site comprises a large workshop, extensive storage facilities and offices. Survival Craft — which has its headquarters at Aberdeen’s Findon Shore — has more than 20 years’ international experience in the manufacture, inspection, testing, and servicing of life-saving equipment. As well as operating from the UK and Norway, it has a global footprint comprising bases in Singapore, Malaysia, Western Australia, China, and the US.
Kannad Gains AIS SART Certification
Kannad's SafeLink AIS SART obtains Wheel Mark (Mark of Conformity) the European regulatory marking for marine equipment. The SafeLink AIS SART is a manual deployment survivor location device intended for use on life rafts or survival craft. Offering an alternative to a Radar SART, once activated the SafeLink transmits the beacon’s geographic position and unique serial number continuously, indicating range and course on all standard ships’ AIS receiver equipment. To further assist search and rescue authorities…
Survival Craft Inspectorate Delivers Safety Project
Survival Craft Inspectorate (SCI), a global provider of emergency marine evacuation systems, has delivered a fastrack safety refit for a global cruise shipping company. SCI replaced and serviced key safety systems on board the Holland America cruise ship Rotterdam while she was docked in Hamburg, Germany. SCI sent over a specialist team to carry out the £260,000 (US$400,000) project in just 10 days. Tio Devaney, SCI Country Manager for Americas – who flew over to Hamburg from the Americas Office to oversee the contract – said…
SCI Sets Its Sights on Scandinavia
Survival Craft Inspectorate (SCI), a global provider of emergency marine evacuation systems, has appointed two new distributors as the business targets growth opportunities in Scandinavia. SCI has agreed partnerships with Danish firms Hysafe and Hytek, both part of the Hytek Group. The companies will have sales and installation rights for SCI's Safelaunch lifeboat release and retrieval systems (LRRS), which comply with the latest Solas MSC.1 / Circ 1392 guidelines. This latest agreement follows similar SCI announcements of partnerships in Holland, Belgium, Germany and Greece.
Feature: Training for Life at Sea
Training is literally the lifeblood of a boat owner's company. That is especially true of that company is Edison Chouest Offshore (ECO) owner and operator of over 100 vessels in the Gulf of Mexico. The Galliano, La based company first established a training center in early 1999 using space in the company's main office building. By the end of 1999 the training center was in its own two-story building adjacent to the main office building. "Our training center operates year around offering a wide variety of courses, typically lasting five days a week from 8:00am to 5:00pm," said Warren Sanamo, Jr. director of the training center. The courses are free for all Chouest employees and include a daily complimentary lunch for all participants.
USCG Kicks Off Operation Safe Catch
The USCG has commenced Operation Safe Catch, an Atlantic Area commitment to improve commercial fishing vessel safety and prevent loss of life and property at sea. The implementation of the commercial fishing industry vessel regulations published in 1991 have reduced F/V casualties and subsequent loss of life throughout the fishing fleet. However, 11 lives lost off the mid-Atlantic coast in December and January confirms commercial fishing ranks among the most hazardous occupations in the U.S. Each year, approximately 80 people die nationally while conducting commercial fishing operations. During Safe Catch, USCG at-sea boarding teams and dockside examiners within USCGAtlantic Area, the east and gulf coasts of the U.S.