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DEC 2018

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12 ST | December 2018 www.sea-technology.com Earlier this year, JFD successful- ly delivered two of the latest pair of SPHLs to Singaporean diving engi- neering firm Flash Tekk. The SPHLs are being delivered to Flash Tekk's parent company Ultra Deep Solu- tions, a builder and operator of ul- tradeep-diving heavy construction vessels, as part of an ongoing drive to realize significant improvements in safety standards in the offshore industry. In the event of a major ves- sel emergency, the new next-gener- ation SPHLs have the capability to evacuate the entire complement of divers under pressure, safeguarding their lives and ensuring that the re- quired decompression process can be carried out fully and without additional risk. The divers are trans- ferred to a pressurized chamber contained within the SPHLs (locat- ed both port and starboard). They are then deployed with a coxswain and life support crew to deliver the divers to a safe environment where decompression can be carried out. The successful delivery of the SPHLs represents the completion of the second order under the part- nership between JFD and Vanguard, with a further three planned projects underway. This partnership commits JFD and Vanguard to developing a range of next-generation SPHLs and integrated davit systems that drive significant improvements in safety standards within the industry. Hyperbaric Rescue Facility In the event that the SPHL has to be deployed from the DSV and has reached a safe haven, the div- ers are still at great risk of serious health complications, or even fatal- ity, if they do not undergo a decom- pression process to gradually return their bodies to appropriate atmo- spheric pressure. To undertake the operation of de- compressing divers safely requires the capability of a full hyperbaric evacuation system (HES). A key part of this is a hyperbaric rescue facility (HRF) that can safely transfer res- cued divers at pressure and deliver them to a hyperbaric rescue center (HRC) to facilitate decompression. It is critical that this process is han- dled with care and due diligence to ensure that the divers are not ex- posed to any risk of decompression sickness. JFD has designed and built mul- tiple advanced HRF systems that are currently in operation globally. These are designed to allow for the configuration to mate to a recovered SPHL or to an HRC while operating anywhere in the world, connecting with a bottom or side-mated SPHL or side-mated HRC and maximizing the chances of a successful rescue. This allows divers to transfer under pressure to or from the HRF to carry out a safe decompression, thus min- imizing health risks. JFD is proud of being at the forefront of hyperbaric safety and rescue, which is further supported by all activities carried out at our National Hyperbaric Centre. Conclusion The health and safety of divers must always be the primary concern for any operation, regardless of how or where it is carried out. In order to protect the lives of divers it is paramount that there are emergen- cy measures in place, supported by the necessary technical capabilities, and that this covers the entire res- cue and evacuation process, from deep sea to the shore. This means providing divers with advanced and reliable technical solutions that will allow them to return to safe- ty at pressure and then undergo a safe decompression process. Every eventuality must be considered for each stage of the rescue operation, and the technical support solutions put in place for emergency life sup- port must be innovative, reliable, fit for purpose and of the highest quality. Divers carry out vital work in keeping the offshore industries, including oil and gas, afloat. There can be no greater priority than en- suring their safety while they carry out their work. ST JFD's Product and Support Director Danny Gray ensures compliance, safety and quali- ty throughout the company's global product range. In a career spanning over 30 years, beginning at Gas Services Offshore, which be- came Divex and then JFD, Gray has worked predominately in production.

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