VIKING fields new offshore safety solutions
Safety equipment and servicing leader VIKING Life-Saving Equipment (VIKING) will use OTC 2017 to showcase new offerings designed to boost the safety of personnel. The star of VIKING’s offshore PPE line-up is a brand new anti-exposure, work and immersion suit called PS4191. According to Soren Hansen, VIKING Global Product Manager for PPE, the new suit is highly breathable, minimising the risk of heat stress and condensation buildup. Also, with fully integrated inflatable buoyancy and various lining choices, this ISO- and SOLAS-approved suit is a more than viable replacement for the three individual pieces of PPE (summer suit, winter suit and a lifejacket) typically worn in the industry. “The PS4191 is fitted, feature-packed and ergonomically enhanced unlike any suit seen before - and compared with what people usually wear out there, it’s a huge upgrade”, Hansen says. “We always strive to develop even better, safer and more efficient products. Everyone who wears protective gear offshore often does so for many hours a day, and they’re more than entitled to an opinion about it. We listen to what they have to say, and in fact, this helps us stay at the forefront of improving the wearer’s experience, safety and work-efficiency through better ergonomics and the best combination of features,” Hansen says. VIKING has also upgraded its range of PPE for offshore aviation, continuing a flow of product innovations that have long made it the first choice of many offshore helicopter operators. The exhaustive ETSO-approved gear program includes fully featured protective suits and lifejackets for pilots and passengers, along with the latest Category A STASS and PLB technology. “Our safety agreements can be set up to manage all aspects of an offshore asset owner’s safety equipment sourcing and servicing tasks at predictable, transparent prices,” says Benny Carlsen, VIKING Senior Vice President, Global Sales. A wide range of safety equipment services can be added under the concept, including evacuation systems, liferafts (both conventional and extended service interval types), fire safety equipment, PPE and lifesaving appliances. For an absolute minimum of operational interruption, liferafts and immersion suits can be sourced directly from VIKING´s large global exchange pool. “At all levels, an Offshore Safety Agreement makes for significantly easier administration and logistics, cutting down the number of interactions needed to coordinate servicing with a range of different suppliers”, Carlsen says.