Lifeboat passes freefall test

Schat-Harding has completed the first freefall drop of its new offshore lifeboat, the FF1200.

Offshore staff

OLVE, Norway – Schat-Harding has completed the first freefall drop of its new offshore lifeboat, the FF1200.

The company has orders from BP and Talisman Energy for the new craft, the first of which will be delivered this summer to Talisman’s Yme project in the North Sea.

According to Schat-Harding CEO Ove Roessland, the FF1200 is designed specifically to comply with regulations in the Norwegian sector.

The 70-person, 33-m (108-ft) drop craft, the company claims, is larger and stronger than other freefall lifeboats, with an engine power three times greater. High-scale module tests also suggest it is the company’s safest lifeboat, Roessland adds.

06/15/2009

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