Bibby Offshore completes hyperbaric evacuation trials on entire DSV fleetTraining // May 16, 2013
Bibby Offshore has completed hyperbaric evacuation trials across its entire Diving Support Vessel (DSV) fleet.
The company claims it is the only company worldwide to have carried out this procedure on its entire fleet, which includes Bibby Sapphire, Polaris and Topaz, and the only diving contractor with audited outcomes using performance based standards for this level of contingency planning.
The trials involved mating a Self-Propelled Hyperbaric Lifeboat from the DSV to a Portable Hyperbaric Reception Facility onshore, deployed by Mimir Marine.
The onshore facility is specifically designed to accept divers transferred from the isolation of a lifeboat in the event of vessel abandonment. Specialist technicians from Mimir Marine were also present to support the hyperbaric evacuation training exercise.
Nigel Kenrick, Diving and Dive Systems Operations Manager at Bibby Offshore said: “We are fully committed to being a leader in diver safety in this industry and the successful completion of the evacuation trials confirms that we are exceptionally prepared to receive an SPHL operationally, should an evacuation situation arise.
“We successfully completed a trial on the Bibby Sapphire in August last year, with commendation from diving authorities within two major oil and gas operators. This latest trial confirms that our SPHL evacuation plans meet the required standard across our entire DSV fleet.”
The recent trial involved a simulated dockside rescue of divers from the Topaz hyperbaric lifeboat. This was the first time Bibby Offshore had trialled with the Bibby Topaz lifeboat and the simulated transfer of the divers was completed within three hours of the lifeboat arriving on the quayside.
Bibby Offshore’s Chief Executive Howard Woodcock said: “Evacuation contingency plans must run like clockwork and the repeatability of these exercises enhances their strength.
"To ensure that we are able to respond as quickly as possible, we have taken a proactive and unique approach to our evacuation planning strategy by mating different lifeboats from different vessels in a number of dockside locations. Safety of our staff is imperative to Bibby Offshore and we are proud to be the first company internationally to have completed this essential trial on the entire fleet.”