Reflex Marine and Seacor Marine unveil new transfer solutionNews // February 6, 2008
Seacor Cheetah will use Reflex Marine's Frog transfer system.
Reflex Marine Ltd and Seacor Marine have joined forces to create what they are describing as "a revolutionary new marine personnel transfer solution."
Seacor's Cheetah CrewZer high-speed Class DP2 catamaran will be the fastest crew supply vessel in the Gulf. Capable of carrying 150 passengers at speeds ranging from 36 and 42 knots, the 165ft vessel will offer a fast, safe and reliable mode of personnel transportation to and from installations.
Aligned with high speed and comfort is a state-of-the-art high capacity personnel transfer safety system specially developed for this vessel by Reflex Marine. The nine-passenger Frog capsule transfers personnel from the CrewZer to the rig in a protected and safe environment, while achieving a very high rate of crew transfers.
"The CrewZer design focuses on the demands of today’s operators and offshore workers. The seats are like business-class in an airplane – reclining, spacious, and comfortable, with wireless internet, satellite TV and cinema. A helicopter ride may be slightly faster, but the improvements in comfort and amenities are expected to be very well received and will allow workers to use their travel time more profitably," said the companies.
Seacor’s objective for the CrewZer project was to find the safest method of moving passengers on and off offshore platforms without injury or incident.
Following an extensive review of a wide range of transfer solutions, Seacor selected Reflex Marine as its transfer partner.
"Seacor felt the combination of innovative thinking, comprehensive support and the proven track of the Frog transfer system made Reflex Marine the best qualified company for the project," said the company.
Seacor's CrewZer will be unveiled at Galveston, Texas on February 12th 2008. Its development was borne out of a desire to find improved ways of transporting personnel to installations further and further offshore.
Although helicopters are fast, they are not necessarily the best way, from the perspective of cost, comfort or risk.
Once piloted in the Gulf of Mexico, Seacor plans to market the CrewZer vessels internationally.
Reflex Marine’s Frog transfer capsule has been used in millions of crew transfers around the world, and has been deployed in locations including West Africa, South East Asia, Alaska and the North Sea, under diverse weather conditions. Reflex Marine’s feels its role goes beyond the technicalities of the product; its objective is to provide comprehensive solutions to heighten safety awareness with the ultimate aim being the protection of industry personnel.