Mega Lifeboats For Super Gin Palace

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Dec 132009
 
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Oasis of the Seas

Royal Caribbean International’s cruise ship Oasis of the Seas, the biggest gin-palace currently afloat, carries around 8,000 passengers and crew. Schat-Harding has provided eighteen 370-person “mega lifeboats” ready if the time ever comes to evacuate the ship.

Built from fibreglass reinforced polyester using a vacuum technique, the catamaran hull CRV55 lifeboats weigh 16 tonnes stowed condition and 44 tonnes when fully loaded. Two 70 HP diesel engines give the a speed of 6 knots, and are equipped with twin rudders

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Lifeboat Issues Hampering Norwegian Oil

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Sep 092009
 
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oil production is likely to be hampered on the Norwegian continental shelf, NCS, due to freefall lifeboat issues

StatoilHydro has warned that oil production is likely to be hampered on the Norwegian continental shelf, NCS,  due to freefall lifeboat issues during the coming expected winter extreme weather in the area.

A number of freefall lifeboat-related issues have emerged in the region over the past year, ranging from quality-control to a need to strengthen canopies. Lifeboats are regarded as the secondary evacuation system on StatoilHydro platforms, helicopters being the primary means. So far free fall lifeboats have not been used an actual evacuation.

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