JFD Completes Mating Trials Of Its Portable Hyperbaric Reception Facility For TechnipFMC
JFD, which is the world leading underwater capability provider serving the commercial and defense diving markets, and part of James Fisher and Sons plc, has successfully completed rigorous mating trials of its latest Portable Hyperbaric Reception Facility (PHRF) for TechnipFMC, a global leader in subsea, onshore, offshore and surface technologies. The trials have been successfully completed and were conducted with two of TechnipFMC’s vessels, which provides divers with the assurance that every possible measure has been put into place to ensure their safety should there be an incident.
Once divers have reached the perceived relative safety of onshore via a hyperbaric lifeboat in the event of an emergency evacuation, they still need to undergo a thorough decompression process to safely return to sea level (Surface) before being exposed to atmospheric pressure and prevent suffering the potentially fatal effects of decompression sickness. Transfer of saturation divers to a fixed Hyperbaric Rescue Centre (HRC) might be the preferred option, but often due to time constraints, and depending on the location of the divers, this can be challenging. As a contingency, a portable HRF capability allows divers to safely begin the decompression process even if they are operating in a remote location.
JFD performed successful mating exercises with the port and starboard Self-Propelled Hyperbaric Lifeboats (SPHL) of TechnipFMC’s vessels Deep Discoverer and Deep Arctic over the course of trials. Lifting the SPHLs from the harbour once they had surfaced, transporting them by trailer to the PHRF at JFD’s National Hyperbaric Centre, and conducting mating exercises between the SPHLs and the PHRF using a precise hydraulic system which ensures there is a solid seal with no leaks, thereby facilitating a safe and effective decompression process were included in the testing. Critically, each separate mating exercise was completed in less than two hours which ensures that divers can be transferred into the PHRF as quickly as possible, an essential aspect of conducting safe and efficient rescue operations, and one that optimizes the chances of returning the diver to safety.
Giovanni Corbetta, Managing Director at JFD, commented, “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 emergency measures in place, supported by the necessary technical capabilities, and that this covers the entire rescue and evacuation process, from the deep sea to the shore. This means providing divers with advanced and reliable technical solutions that will allow them to return to safety at pressure and undergo a safe decompression process.
“Incidents that can impact divers, who are often times operating in challenging environments and under difficult conditions, can quickly become life-threatening. Knowing that divers will have access to a PHRF within a short timeframe irrespective of where they are operating offers reassurance that all possible measures have been taken to ensure that divers can safely carry out their operations. These trials are part of an ongoing drive to realise significant improvements in safety standards across the global subsea industry.”
JFD’s portable HRF systems are easily transportable and are designed to suit a variety of hyperbaric lifeboat and HRC configurations to maximise the likelihood of a successful rescue. For over 30 years, JFD has played a key role in advancing hyperbaric rescue capabilities through designing and manufacturing the most capable land-based system in the world, as well as proven Portable Hyperbaric Rescue Facilities (HRF) assets. JFD has played a leading role in the provision of hyperbaric reception services having maintained the UK’s only land-based fixed HRF, at the National Hyperbaric Centre, since 1987.