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  • Rod
    July 02, 2010 - 13:35

    Not to second-guess either the experts or the author, but I'm sure they realize that although oil companies and regulators influence and control training, they have little influence lifeboat construction. Lifeboats used here are manufactured for use all over the world and structural and design changes take years to be implemented and approved.

    An interesting sidebar would be a mention of the current difficulties facing offshore operators with respect to lifeboat capacity. Several offshore facilities have severely down-manned (voluntarily, I might add) due to the discovery that lifeboats designed for smaller individuals are ill-equipped for todays (typically) larger offshore worker. Crew levels have been forced downwards by as much as 25%, causing the remaining crew to work longer hours. Good for some discussion I'm sure...

  • Rod
    July 01, 2010 - 20:25

    Not to second-guess either the experts or the author, but I'm sure they realize that although oil companies and regulators influence and control training, they have little influence lifeboat construction. Lifeboats used here are manufactured for use all over the world and structural and design changes take years to be implemented and approved.

    An interesting sidebar would be a mention of the current difficulties facing offshore operators with respect to lifeboat capacity. Several offshore facilities have severely down-manned (voluntarily, I might add) due to the discovery that lifeboats designed for smaller individuals are ill-equipped for todays (typically) larger offshore worker. Crew levels have been forced downwards by as much as 25%, causing the remaining crew to work longer hours. Good for some discussion I'm sure...