Recognised as the global expert in marine personnel transfer, Reflex Marine recently launched its revolutionary TORO personnel transfer device to the US market with a demonstration, hosted by its service partner, Energy Cranes, at its facility in Houston, Texas.

Each of the two demonstration sessions started with a presentation on the product and its safety features followed by practical lifting sessions so that the TORO passengers could experience the entry, lifting, landing and exiting procedures first-hand.

Following close consultation within the industry, the company set out to develop a low-cost transfer device to reach a broader market, but still maintain high levels of passenger protection and operational performance. The TORO can carry up to four passengers, protecting them from side impacts and heavy landings, and is buoyant and self-righting.

Reflex Marine prides itself for having developed the most rigorous testing and verification programme applied within the industry. The TORO is certified with CE marking and is ABS type approved. The demonstration day itself went very well and was attended by key industry personnel.

Reflex Marine’s US representative, Brian Morr, said: “We have listened to our potential clients in the US in order to address the needs and preferences of the US Gulf market. I believe the TORO will be very well-received by US companies with its key features of ease of use, intuitive ride experience and its excellent safe operating envelope.”

Energy Cranes played an important role in the demonstration as the host of the event and also feels that the TORO is well-positioned to address US market needs. The TORO continued its world tour and was also at the recent Oil and Gas Asia exhibition in Kula Lumpur, where it was launched to more than 22,000 delegates and received great interest.

Philip Strong, managing director of Reflex Marine, was also in attendance at the US launch and is keen to continue promoting the TORO globally. Mr Strong said: “Safe marine personnel transfer is of the utmost importance to us. We believe the TORO will increase the overall adoption rate of higher specification crew transfer equipment globally and protect more workers from unnecessary injury.”