Vanguard Offshore is a leading manufacturer of hyperbaric lifeboats (SPHLB), fast rescue boats, boat-launching equipment (davits) and hook-release systems. Based in Singapore, we operate a 16,000m² manufacturing facility in Nantong, China, that manufactures a wide range of lifeboats, rescue boats, hook-release systems and a complement of other safety equipment.
FRP lifeboats and fast rescue boats
Our company has been manufacturing high-quality FRP lifeboats and fast rescue boats for the last ten years. We have supplied more than 2,000 boats to various multinational companies both in the marine and offshore industries.
Vanguard boats conform in all respects to the latest IMO and SOLAS 86 regulations. All our boats are class certified and to date we have supplied customers with various class approvals like ABS, BVI, DNV, KR, LRS, to name just a few.
Boat manufacturing facilities
Our manufacturing facility is a class-approved facility capable of producing 200 boats a year. Our current manufacturing line is able to produce:
- Hyperbaric (SPHLB)
- Free fall lifeboats
- Totally enclosed lifeboats (cargo and tanker versions)
- Rescue boats and fast rescue boats
- Hook-release systems
Our company stocks common models of rescue boat, totally enclosed lifeboat and hook-release system. Our production turnaround time is typically about 45 days to 60 days.
Totally enclosed lifeboats
Vanguard totally enclosed lifeboats are designed and manufactured to SOLAS 86 regulations and adhere to stringent governmental requirements. Each lifeboat is built and tested to ensure that the lives of our seamen are protected at all times, especially in the toughest of situations. Vanguard totally enclosed lifeboats are approved by ABS, DNV and MED.
Hyperbaric lifeboats (SPHLB)
Vanguard hyperbaric lifeboats (SPHLB) are designed and built to SOLAS 86 regulations and adhere closely to stringent governmental requirements.
Rescue boats and fast rescue boats
Vanguard rescue boats and fast rescue boats are designed and built to the latest SOLAS 86 regulations and conform fully to international governmental requirements. As an option they can incorporate an automatic offload release system.
Free fall lifeboats
Every Vanguard free fall lifeboat is designed and built to SOLAS 86 regulations and in full accordance with stringent international maritime quality standards.
Ramp-launched, this highly durable lifeboat is designed to evacuate mariners safely and efficiently from vessels or offshore platforms, and is boarded through the aft hatch. The ‘Spearhead’ FF class hook-release systems are specifically designed for easy operation, even under severe conditions.
Vanguard has the most up-to-date lifeboat and rescue boat hook-release system that complies with the latest regulations of the IMO. It incorporates the unique fall-prevention device (FPD) with yellow luminescent maintenance tag, a feature that meets the new requirements of the LSA code.
Fibre strop fall-prevention devices
The Vanguard fibre strop fall-prevention device (FPD) is designed and developed to conform with the latest IMO/MSC 1327 guidelines. The fibre FPDs are also fitted with the yellow luminescent maintenance reflective jacket.
Boat and davit spares and maintenance
At Vanguard we ensure convenient availability of critical spares and also expert maintenance services for all major areas, including the engine, gearbox, steering system, and compressed air and water spray systems through our global after-sales service network. Recertification as per SOLAS requirements is available at most major ports.
Lifeboat and international maritime training
Vanguard conducts training for service agents and for our customers on a biennial basis. Our service agents and customers are also regularly updated on the latest developments in the safety and operation of Vanguard lifeboats and of the international maritime industry.
Lifeboat research and development
At Vanguard Composite Engineering we are continuously looking at ways we can improve the safety and quality of our products, the materials we use and the environmental impact. In this respect we have undertaken several areas of research.
Our current research is focused mainly on release-hook designs, non-solvent base coatings and lightweight high-strength composite materials.