Schat-Harding completes lifeboat launch from high drop

Schat-Harding has launched its new FF1200 offshore lifeboat from a drop height of 55 m (180 ft) at its Rosendal facility in Norway.

Offshore staff

GOSPORT, UK -- Schat-Harding has launched its new FF1200 offshore lifeboat from a drop height of 55 m (180 ft) at its Rosendal facility in Norway. The boat surfaced with powerful positive headway and no internal or external damage, the company says.

The exercise set a world record for drop height, the company claims.

Schat-Harding has already received ten orders for the FF1200 from BP and Talisman Energy. The first will be delivered to Talisman`s YME development project in the third quarter.

“The G forces measured in the boat during fall and impact were well below the requirements of the authorities,” says Ove Roessland, CEO, Schat-Harding. “The high drop height makes the boat go very deep, around 11 m (36 ft) under the water, and gives it a lot of momentum to clear the rig.”

07/08/2009

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