FOCUS: Simplifying offshore safety servicing logistics
VIKING Life-Saving Equipment, the leading manufacturer of marine safety equipment and the largest provider of servicing worldwide, with its Middle East office at Al Jadaf in Dubai, says 80% of offshore operators and drilling rig owners can optimise their safety equipment logistics.
VIKING’s CEO Henrik Uhd Christensen says that, in the company’s experience, this ‘operations critical’ activity can be simplified and streamlined to reduce administrative overheads and lower compliancy risks.
“Offshore operators are struggling with many issues right now,” says VIKING’s CEO Henrik Uhd Christensen. “And, while purchasing safety equipment is a relatively minor investment, managing servicing, training, compliancy and HSE compatibility is business-critical and can take many man-hours. Our Offshore Safety Agreements are purpose-built to streamline these activities. But the vast majority of operators and asset owners simply aren’t aware of their potential.”
Bottom line focus
For many offshore asset owners, safety equipment servicing is a mish-mash of multiple brands, fluctuating costs and complex administration, combining to form a constant threat to their ability to stay in operation.
“With the bottom line firmly in focus, it’s absolutely crucial that every piece of the safety logistics puzzle works like clockwork,” says Henrik Uhd Christensen. “Service scheduling and notification needs to be automatic, parts need to turn up in the right place at the right time, and there must be minimal impact on the rig’s ability to operate. At the same time, care must be taken to avoid being locked into an inflexible solution with the wrong equipment or servicing procedures in a changing market.”
VIKING Offshore Safety Agreements are designed to take care of multi-brand safety equipment servicing with a wide range of customisable solutions. First introduced in 2013, they ensure transparent, predictable cost structures, as well as servicing procedures that won’t jeopardise full POB capacity – and they provide unparalleled breadth of purchase, servicing and exchange options.
The agreements cover a wide range of liferafts, vacuum-packed immersion suits, lifejackets and suit/lifejacket combinations. Equipment with extended service intervals can be supplied depending on flag state approvals.
Two different suit models are available – one in traditional neoprene, the other a multi-layer model that can be more easily donned and which provides a closer fit. Also included in the range of products covered are recently released high-visibility yellow products that have been tested in the UK.
“Essentially, we’ve managed to build a one-stop-shop with high product availability that allows offshore operators to get the safety equipment they need and pair it up with extremely efficient servicing arrangements where they don’t have to worry whether everything is compliant and compatible,” says Henrik Uhd Christensen. “We can take care of it all from A to Z.”