Petrofac expands freefall lifeboat fleet

Sept. 23, 2020
Petrofac has taken delivery of its second freefall lifeboat.

Offshore staff

ABERDEEN, UK – Petrofac has taken delivery of its second freefall lifeboat.

The company has invested £200,000 ($255,000) in the new model to meet increased demand for its industry-accredited marine training courses.

According to Petrofac, it is the only company in the UK with a freefall boat for oil and gas industry training, and earlier this year launched its current freefall for the 3,000th time in five years.

Designed and manufactured by Verhoef, the freefall lifeboat is located at Petrofac’s Marine Training Centre in Aberdeen.

There are only three other Offshore Petroleum Industry Training Organisation (OPITO) approved providers worldwide.

George Masson, Petrofac’s Safety and Survival Team Lead, said: “With the addition of the new freefall, we now have a total of 15 vessels which we use to deliver a full range of marine-specific training…

“Nothing beats launching and maneuvering a freefall boat in real sea conditions and so the experience our delegates get with our freefalls is as close to real life as it can be.

“That said, we also have our fast rescue craft which we use in our training pool, allowing us to create specific emergency evacuation scenarios.

“By being able to offer customers both, we can provide a really robust, comprehensive and lifelike training experience.”