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    Scottish Energy Minister visits safety specialist Survival Craft Inspectorate

    Company News // September 7, 2011

    Scotland's Minister for Energy, Enterprise and Tourism Fergus Ewing visited the Aberdeen headquarters of global marine safety specialist Survival Craft Inspectorate on September 5th.

    Mr Ewing met with the Survival Craft management team who earlier this year received the prestigious Innovation Queen's Award for Enterprise in recognition of the company's groundbreaking Safelaunch lifeboat release and retrieval system.

    Energy Minister Fergus Ewing said: “Survival Craft has innovated, exploited and internationalised new ideas to capitalise on opportunities in the globally competitive economy. The Safelaunch lifeboat system isn’t only helping save lives, it is a perfect example of how Scottish businesses can develop and expand to increase growth.”

    He also toured the Findon Shore base and was introduced to members of staff involved in the manufacture, maintenance and supply of Survival Craft's extensive range of lifesaving equipment.

    Since its launch in 2003, Safelaunch has become the preferred choice of the oil, gas and merchant shipping sectors worldwide, can be used in the most extreme marine environments, and meets or exceeds all international safety standards. The latest version was unveiled at Offshore Europe.

    Survival Craft has more than 20 years' experience of serving the oil, gas and merchant shipping sectors, with a total global workforce of 110 and bases in Norway, Western Australia, Singapore, Malaysia, and the US. A new base in Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, opened in the first quarter of this year.

    As well as winning the Queen's Award, Survival Craft won the 2011 Business Over Three Years category of the Enterprise North East Grampian Awards for Business Enterprise.

    Survival Craft managing director Angus Campbell said: "The minister was very interested in hearing about the contribution Survival Craft has made to improving safety at sea worldwide as well as generating important export revenue for Scotland.

    "We were delighted to welcome Mr Ewing to Findon Shore and to show him what we do here and in particular how we support the offshore energy industry."

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