JFD wins lifeboat design and manufacture contract

Offshore staff

GLASGOW, UK JFD, part of James Fisher and Sons plc, has won a contract with Singapore’s Flash Tekk Engineering for the design and manufacture of up to eight self-propelled hyperbaric lifeboats (SPHL).

The SPHLs are currently under construction for Flash Tekk’s parent company Ultra Deep Solutions, which builds and operates ultra-deep diving heavy construction vessels.

The SPHLs are to be installed as part of the saturation diving systems on a new red-class fleet of diving support vessels. 

Each SPHL has the capability to evacuate the entire complement of the saturation diving system under pressure, which can safeguard the lives of the divers and helps to ensure that the required decompression process can be carried out fully and without additional risk. The divers are transferred to a pressurized chamber inside one of the vessel’s SPHLs (located 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 multi-million pound contract includes scope for the design, manufacture, and integration of up to eight SPHLs, six with the capacity to accommodate 18 divers and two larger ones for up to 24 divers. Each SPHL can operate at depths of up to 300 m (984 ft). The craft is certified by DNV-GL.

To execute the project, JFD has teamed its Divex-branded hyperbarics and chamber design experience with lifeboat manufacturer Vanguard Composite Engineering Pte Ltd., based in Singapore. JFD’s Divex chamber and life support systems will be installed in the Vanguard–designed lifeboat. Vanguard will supply the launch and recovery systems.


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