Virtual Marine Technology, a Canadian simulation services provider, announced it has installed its first lifeboat simulator system in Norway. The simulator was installed onto Prosafe’s Safe Boreas accommodation vessel in Stavanger.
The simulator system was unveiled in as an element of the vessel’s safety equipment.
Mike Jubb, Offshore Installation Manager on the Safe Boreas says; “The lifeboat simulator gives us the ability to enhance the emergency drills we do on the vessel. As an organization we’re continuously looking for ways to further develop the competency of our personnel. The freefall lifeboat simulator allows our coxswains to safely practice emergency evacuation scenarios that are specific to the Safe Boreas, and that are not possible during conventional freefall coxswain training.”
The company explains that vessel-specific knowledge and skills were a point of emphasis during the simulator design and development. The system uses real controls from the Harding FF1200 freefall lifeboat to replicate the coxswain positions. The simulation exercises are based on emergency scenarios defined in Prosafe’s safety case.
Ryan Kelly, Director of Curriculum Development at Virtual Marine Technology says: “Designing evacuation scenarios for the Safe Boreas presented some new challenges for our team. The number of lifeboats involved in a potential evacuation and the interaction between the rig and the host facility added an additional layer of complexity to the design process. We are very pleased with this new system and its potential in the Norwegian Sector”.
According to VMT, the Safe Boreas will soon set sail to provide accommodation support at the Edvard Grieg Project for Lundin Norway, in the North Sea.
The vessel Safe Boreas was built at Jurong Shipyard in Singapore, and it has the capacity to accommodate 450 persons in single man cabins. The unit has two large internal atriums allowing natural daylight into cabins, mess room and recreational areas.
Safe Boreas will start operations for Lundin Norway at the Edvard Grieg field at the end of April/beginning of May 2015.