Customisable Immersion Suit And Robust Lifejacket Introduced For Offshore Training Centres
At the OPITO Global, this November 1300 Series training suit and Halo training life jacket that will have Emergency Breathing System (CA-EBS) will be launched by Survitec. This will cater to the demands for lifejackets and immersion suits that can handle the repetitive rigors of the offshore training program.
The 1300 Series training suit is based on the Survitec 1000 Series immersion suit range that has been proven already. The Helicopter passenger transfer lifejacket that was introduced this year is the basis of the Halo training lifejacket that has optional EBS.
Andy Wilson, Design & Development Manager, Survitec, said: “The 1300 Series immersion suit and Halo training lifejacket provide an authentic reproduction of the operating system in a form more suitable for the training environment.”
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Rick Brown, Managing Director, Sequ Offshore Safety, said: “The training versions of Survitec’s operational systems give our students invaluable experience in their correct use. This means that when they are in real-time survival situations, wearing and operating the equipment is second nature. For us, as a training provider, frequent use immersion suits and lifejackets that are robust and easy to maintain are a much more cost-effective proposition than investing in the full operational versions of these products, given their usage.”
Keeping in mind the feedback that was given the leading training providers like Sequ Offshore Safety, the models are made in such a way so as to comprise various practical features that are customized for the training environment.
For example, by using PU-Nylon or high-end breathable Gore-Tex Pazifik, with either patented hypo-allergenic seals, Seamtite Latex, Neoprene or a Si-Tech modular system with Silflex Silicone, the 1300 Series training suit can be tailored. Apart from this, according to the preference of the training providers, they can make a selection from a diagonal waterproof zip that is made from either YKK Aquaseal plastic or YKK Proseal metal.
“The Si-Tech modular system is a great addition and enables the training provider to easily replace seals onsite when necessary,” said Wilson.
The Halo training lifejackets are a less superior version of the Halo that is technically more advanced. The items like a strobe light, that have an expiry date has been removed so that the maintenance of the product can be simplified for the training provider.
By providing modular equipment pockets and EBS attachment points, it is proving the training providers with the facility of single lifejacket instead of holding Passenger and Pilot options in their fleet.
The cover material that is usually Nomex has been replaced with the hardwearing and quick dry 300D Polyester. To include the opening and closing of the cover frequently, a QBZ YKK variant of zip has been used. It is then protected by a panel that is secured by a popper along with Velcro straps for longevity.
“The training version of Halo also incorporates a modified inflation bladder with a ‘fake’ inflation mechanism,” added Wilson. “This simulates the operation of the actual Halo system but reduces rearming costs and simplifies the repacking process in the training environment.”