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Survitec increases its lifeboat capacity for Shell UK by 22pc

PROVIDER of safety solutions to the marine market Survitec says its service offering and the breadth of its engineering expertise is being showcased by a turnkey lifeboat project commissioned by Shell UK

Survitec increases its lifeboat capacity for Shell UK by 22pc

PROVIDER of safety solutions to the marine market Survitec says its service offering and the breadth of its engineering expertise is being showcased by a turnkey lifeboat project commissioned by Shell UK

07 October 2019 - 19:00

PROVIDER of safety solutions to the marine market Survitec says its service offering and the breadth of its engineering expertise is being showcased by a turnkey lifeboat project commissioned by Shell UK.

Shell UK asked Survitec in May 2018 for a solution to boost lifeboat capacity on the Shearwater gas hub by 22 per cent. Survitec's solution involved replacing the existing three 49-person capacity lifeboats, with three 60-person lifeboats, bringing the total capacity to 180, up from 147.



The project was driven by an expected increase in activity offshore, including a major offshore turnaround planned for 2020, which made provision of additional offshore bedding capacity a priority to allow the safe and efficient running of the Shearwater asset, a Survitec statement said.



Given that both the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) Convention and the UK's national regulatory body Health and Safety Executive (HSE) have strict rules governing safety, the uplift in personnel at the hub required a higher lifeboat capacity.



As Survitec's 60-person lifeboats are larger than the existing boats, the existing davits were too small for the new inventory so they had to be replaced. The marine offshore safety specialist had only a two-month window in which to deliver, install and commission the new equipment.


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