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Old 05-10-2010, 18:30   #1
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I saw one of these on a container ship taht's been anchored near Gabriola the last while. It sits on the back of the boat aimed at the water and ready to go. The sort of thing that makes you go "huh".
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They were designed for oil rigs so they could drop from the platform 50 meteres to the sea quickly in case of explosion.

Would be scary to be in one - but worse to have to climb down ladders!
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You'll see them on all the oil tankers and LNG ships. Seems like a really good idea!
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From my boat they look a bloody long way up. I hope there's a safety notice giving the minimum depth of water for safe release, they must go in at quite a lick, even if they are a bit blunt at the front end. We see them at the Southampton Docks on Bulk Car Ships, and Container Vessels where most of the crew are so far above waterline that they have lifts just to get to deck lebel, then a few levels of staircases to get to the bottom. I was involved in chipping out cocoa butter after a tanktainer split. It was fluidish in the Panama, Toffee in the UK. The Port Athorities refused to let it leave unless the bilge pumps were shown to be working. A SLOW JOB.
And those lifeboats are definitely not built for sea worthyness. Sea sickness being less of a problem than an LPG ship on fire!!!
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You see them more and more on modern vessels, and it makes a lot of sense. The old rule was that you had to have boats on both sides of the ship. Now in boat drills we often lowered a boat, wonder what they do with this rapid launch set-up?
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They were designed for oil rigs so they could drop from the platform 50 meteres to the sea quickly in case of explosion.

Would be scary to be in one - but worse to have to climb down ladders!
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You'll see them on all the oil tankers and LNG ships. Seems like a really good idea!
After having done some evacuation training and sitting inside similar ones, I can only say that having to use one in anger would only be slightly better than not having one to use.

I found it very claustrophobic when even only filled to half capacity and in calm sunny waters. I can't imagine what it would be like when it is filled to capacity, being tossed around in rough oily water (perhaps on fire) and being surrounded by sea-sick shipmates. Marginally better than staying aboard the stricken ship or rig I guess .
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Freefall lifeboat for rigs

The Torpedo freefall lifeboat can be installed on board fixed installations, FPSOs, jack-ups or floating units. The rig version is available with capacity for up to 70 persons and installation heights of up to 50m.


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Forward speed and distance from drop site after resurfacing are more
than doubled compared to standard design free-fall lifeboats
In other words they want them to go deep under!! To get the hell out of the danger zone.
I'd pay $5 for that ride!
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