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Stena Drilling Streamlines Safety Equipment with VIKING

Maritime Activity Reports, Inc.

August 15, 2018

VIKING offshore evacuation system (Photo courtesy of Stena Drilling)

VIKING offshore evacuation system (Photo courtesy of Stena Drilling)

U.K.-based offshore drilling company Stena Drilling has placed a significant part of its safety equipment and servicing management under a VIKING Offshore Safety Agreement.

In early 2018, an extensive review done by VIKING Life-Saving Equipment for its long-time customer revealed the potential for major cost and administration savings in placing much of the company’s safety equipment sourcing and administration under a VIKING Offshore Safety Agreement (OSA), Stena Drilling welcomed the input and signed up. The agreement covers the company’s liferafts and offshore evacuation systems.

VIKING Offshore Safety Agreements are designed to save offshore asset owners and operators time, money and administrative headaches, while providing a transparent, predictable cost structure and ensuring safety-equipment readiness at full POB capacity at all times. The OSA concept is an innovative answer to the typical mish-mash of multiple safety equipment brands, fluctuating costs and complex administration that present a constant obstacle to operations.

Alex Kristensen, VIKING’s Country Director for the U.K. and Ireland, said, “We had been performing standard service rotation for Stena Drilling’s liferafts for some time. This required the offshore company to rent or own additional rafts to maintain POB capacity during the weeks it typically takes to service and return liferafts via supply vessels. Transport logistics were complex and costly and, as the liferafts aged, we could see they would unavoidably become more expensive to service. We were keenly aware of the administrative and cost burdens of doing all this the ‘normal’ way and believed the whole task could be done better and more affordably under an OSA.”

When Stena Drilling decided to upgrade POB on the first of a number of assets, and placed a new order for VIKING lifejackets, the OSA concept was presented and negotiations were quickly concluded.

As part of the new agreement, Stena Drilling will upgrade its liferafts to VIKING S30 liferafts with extended service intervals, a wise move for operating far from shore because doing so removes the need for annual, land-based servicing. Instead, certified crew perform annual onboard inspections, a task made even easier by an innovative and intuitive humidity/CO2 leakage testing device incorporated into in each VIKING liferaft container. Onshore servicing is, however, still required every 30 months according to regulations.

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