BIMCO Guidance for Seafarers on Lifeboats
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.
Schat-Harding Lifeboat Upgrade
Schat-Harding, has been contracted by the oil major which operates the Ekofisk field to refurbish nine lifeboats. The boats, all in use on platforms in the Norwegian sector of the North Sea, will to be upgraded to meet today’s regulations and standards with regards to stability. The boats will also be refitted with modern Schat-Harding LHR6 stainless steel on-load release hooks. The LHR6 wearless cam hook system is the safest on-load release hook in production. The boats are MCR28 and MCR30 conventional davit launched types, built by Harding Safety in the 1980s. One by one, they will be transported to Schat-Harding’s Seimfoss factory. The work started in March 2009 and will be completed in a period of around 40 weeks.
A Step Forward for Warship USVs
Unmanned Surface Vehicles (USVs), or seagoing drones, have come a step closer to reality following successful tests of a recovery system. Global navies want to use Unmanned Surface Vehicles. They will keep boat crews out of high risk environments and extend the outreach of surface vessels. There are already forty prototype USVs on the market globally, ranging from 1-10 metric tons in weight. But most research and development in this area is focused on the USV itself. Until now there were no proven systems for launch and, more importantly, recovery of the USV from a mother ship.
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…
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…
Video: Tuco Marine Debuts Wind Farm Service Boat
Tuco Marine Group of Denmark discloses the newest vessel in the ProZero series of Fast Rescue Boats, Daughter Crafts and Workboats; The New 13m WIND FARM SERVICE BOAT. The new design is a dedicated service boat and crew transfer vessel for offshore wind farms. The boat has been developed in close collaboration with Norwegian operators and experts in Wind Farm Services. A video presentation of the new vessel design is available here. The 13m meter vessel is constructed to be lifted…
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.
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.
Tuco Debuts 10m Wind Farm Service Boat
Tuco Marine Group of Denmark discloses the newest vessel in the ProZero series of Fast Rescue Boats, Daughter Crafts and Workboats; The New 10m WIND FARM SERVICE BOAT. The new design is released shortly after Tuco won the order for two 11m Wind Farm Service Boats that have been ordered for the Two Ulstein X-stern vessels that German based Bernhard Schulte affiliate WINDEA Offshore GmbH, have ordered for their contract with Siemens Wind Power. The new 10m WIND FARM SERVICE BOAT is a dedicated service boat and crew transfer vessel, for offshore wind farms.
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…
New Vessel Design: Fast Daughter Craft
Press Release - Dutch Special Marine Group has designed a small range of Fast Daughter Craft (FDC). A FDC’s function is to operate away from the mother ship or offshore installations for extended periods of time. The primary function is to search for and rescue persons lost at sea. Effective search and recovery require a Fast Daughter Craft with excellent reliability, manoeuvrability and sea keeping abilities. In order guarantee this our designer, Pieter Meuzelaar, took the proven hull of our Fast Rescue Craft 903 (KNRM) but enlarged beam and reshaped the bow area to obtain more bow height.
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.
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.
Tuco Debuts New Wind Farm Service Boat
Less than a week before the Offshore Energy 2014 Exhibition and Conference in Amsterdam the coming week, Tuco Marine disclosed the newest vessel in the ProZero series of Fast Rescue Boats, Daughter Crafts and Workboats; The New ProZero 11m Wind Farm Service Boat. The new design, a dedicated service boat and crew transfer vessel for offshore wind farms, has been developed as a little sister to the ProZero 13m Wind Farm Service Boat presented earlier this autumn. The 11m meter vessel…
The Eagle Has Landed - in Florida
Cranston Eagle, DBA Eagle Products, has signed an exclusive deal for Delta "T" Systems to become the authorized U.S. agent for Eagle Products' full line of offload marine hooks. Known around the world for its high quality lifeboat and rescue boat hooks, Eagle Products of Finland has strengthened its position in U.S. military, commercial and pleasure boat markets with this appointment. Their full line of fall mounted, deck mounted and U.S. Coast Guard certified hooks are used extensively by Canadian and U.S. Navies, Coast Guards, research vessels and offshore platforms.
Tuco Marine Bags Wind Farm Service Boat Order
Tuco Marine Group of Denmark informs it has inked a new order for its 11-meter wind farm service boat from the ProZero series of fast rescue boats, daughter crafts and workboats. Tuco said the new order is from a major, but for now undisclosed, company in the European offshore market, and marks the third sale in a row of the group’s 11-meter wind farm service boat, a vessel designed specifically to the far offshore wind farm market as a daughter craft to the SOVs that are to enter this market during the coming seasons.
Delta "T" Offers Marine Hook Load Testing
A review of resources on the world wide web will quickly produce an abundance of material and statistics on the hazards of marine hook use on life boats, fast response craft, tenders and other vessels. Accidents, injuries and fatalities are far too common when it comes to the operation of marine davit launching systems. Surprisingly, accidents which occur during drills often dominate the statistics, with the second-highest accident counts found during surveys and equipment maintenance events.
Hooking on For the Future
Lifeboat and Davit manufacturer Schat-Harding has re-engineered its range of on-load release hooks. The new hooks are designed to provide a safer solution. All Schat-Harding cruise tenders and lifeboats are already fitted with this new generation hook, complementing the second-generation hook designs fitted into the KISS and Freefall boat range. And from May 2007 all remaining types of boats leave the factory fitted with the new hooks. The second generation of hooks has also been retrofitted for some owners, such as Celebrity Cruises. Schat-Harding Freefall boats and KISS boats both have new hook designs based on the locked pipe system. In this system the tail of the hook is held in the locked position within a 3 - 5 cm deep steel pipe.
Cranston Eagle Hooks USCG Approved
Cranston Eagle received approval from the United States Coast Guard for the certification of its new DPR-506-CBH marine off-load hook under the approval number 160.133/77/0. This new, fall-mounted hook is rated at 5,000 kg safe working load (5 metric tons) and bolsters Cranston Eagle's line of USCG certified off-load hooks to five. With more than twenty off-load marine hook models in its line, Cranston Eagle is known around the world for producing one of the most robust and reliable marine hooks on the market.
Maintenance & Certification: Critical to the Safety of Life at Sea
The off-load marine hook is found on many workboats and military vessels and is used to launch fast rescue craft and other similar small manned boats from the deck of a ship using a davit or other similar launch and recovery system (LARS). These hooks offer operators the split-second release control often needed at sea and include a self-locking feature, which prevents accidental release while under full load. When all applicable equipment is in good working order, the nature…
Delta "T" Hooks for Offshore Customer
Gaining further ground into the offshore crane market, Delta "T" Systems supplied Cranston Eagle hooks to crane manufacturer Appleton Marine, Inc. These cranes and hooks will be used on medium endurance cutters and national security cutters to move small boats into the water from bigger ships and to load cargo. With these cutters used by the US Coast Guard, Appleton Marine needed hooks that met the USCG's specific requirements. That's why the crane manufacturer's FB20-21 and FB90-28 crane models employ Cranston Eagle hooks.
Mammoet Uses Elebia Hooks to Unload Panamax Vessel
International lifting and transport specialist Mammoet used 5t capacity automatic hooks from Elebia to keep riggers at safe distance and speed-up discharge of 1,000 industrial-sized ‘big bags’ from a Panamax ship at a port in Westdorpe, Holland in January. Mammoet, which has its own multi-purpose terminal further north at the mouth of the Ghent Canal in Terneuzen, will unload approximately 30,000t of bulk from the vessel every six weeks, as freight business continues to sprawl away from larger Antwerp ports further east.
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…