Home' Ships and Shipping : December 2009 Contents Walport completed filming of its new crew training DVD
'Lifeboat Drills -- Preparing for Safety' in the middle of the year
and launched this latest addition to its maritime training film
library at the beginning of August.
The film addresses the high number of incidents in which crew
members have been injured, sometimes fatally, while participating
in lifeboat drills or carrying out maintenance or inspections, and
suggests preventative measures and best practice.
Walport's Jeff McMullen says: "The film is beneficial to all crew
and it encourages seafarers to take responsibility for their own
safety through the development of an on-board safety culture. It
emphasises the importance of communication and familiarity with
lifesaving equipment, helping crew build confidence and treat each
drill as a "learning experience", as recommended by the IMO.
"Lifeboats are currently a very contentious issue and this new
film is especially topical for those shipping companies that will be
affected by the Paris and Tokyo MOU's joint Concentrated
Inspection Campaign on lifeboat launching arrangements which
will target around 10,000 vessels over a three month period starting
on September 1, 2009. This key safety initiative is a very important
issue for ship managers where lifeboat launching arrangements,
maintenance records and other applicable documentation will be
verified for compliance with SOLAS Chapter III."
Walport, part of Headland Media since September 2008, has
been delivering essential, effective and entertaining training films
to ships for over 50 years.
"Lifeboat Drills -- Preparing for Safety" is 20 minutes long and
available in English-language audio with subtitles in Chinese,
English, French, Greek, Hindi, (Brazilian) Portuguese, Russian,
Spanish and Tagalog.
For further information contact:
Walport International, UK.
New lifeboat training film from Walport is now available
Leading lifeboat and davit manufacturer Schat-Harding has set
a world record for a lifeboat freefall drop by successfully
launching its new FF1200 offshore lifeboat from a drop height
of 55 metres.
Fully loaded and with an all-up weight of 30 tonnes the FF1200
was dropped into the sea from a 55-metre test rig at
Schat-Harding's Rosendal facility in west Norway in July. The
boat surfaced with powerful positive headway and no internal or
"The G forces measured in the boat during fall and impact were
well below the requirements of the authorities," said Ove
Roessland, CEO, Schat-Harding. "The high drop height makes the
boat go very deep, around eleven metres under the water, and gives
it a lot of momentum to clear the rig. We are very proud of our
new boat, which sets a complete new benchmark for safety in the
offshore energy field."
Roessland said 55 metres is by no means the highest limit of the
boat, but was dictated only by the height of the available crane for
testing. "We don't expect to see service heights like this in the near
future," said Roessland. "But we want to be sure our boats will be
safe at heights over 40 metres, and so we are testing them as high
as we can. It is quite something to see a 30 tonne lifeboat flying
from 55 metres."
Schat-Harding has already received ten orders for the FF1200
from BP and Talisman Energy. The first craft were to be delivered
to Talisman`s YME development project in third-quarter 2009.
For further information contact:
Schat-Harding, Norway. Web: www.schat-harding.com
Schat-Harding sets world record freefall lifeboat drop height
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Images from the new training video
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