UK-based Ocean Safety has supplied a pair of Dacon rescue scoops to British Petroleum (BP) through ship manager Bibby Offshore.
The crane operated man overboard recovery systems Dacon scoops are said to be fitted to the BP offshore supply vessels Caledonian Vanguard and Caledonian Vigilance.
Conscious or unconscious people in rough weather can be rescued with the help of the semi-rigid, manoeuvrable rescue net.
Dacon created the man overboard recovery solution in collaboration with Ocean Safety’s Aberdeen branch manager Aidan Morrissey and Bibby Offshore.
The recovery solution has been tested in rough weather outside Aberdeen to ensure everything works as designed.
Dacon sales manager Daniel Olsson said: "We carried out ten to 15 trial rescues in seas of three to four metres to satisfy the client of the Dacon scoop’s suitability.
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"During this trial we also carried out crew training in the proper use of the product and everyone had a go at operating the crane to rescue the training dummy. Both ourselves and the crew were very pleased with the results. It’s important that a ship like this is equipped with proven and efficient equipment."
The Dacon recovery net forms a scoop in the water into which the vessel manoeuvres to catch the person and subsequently lift to the railing, providing a gentle recovery with full length body support.
This helps in reducing the possibility of injury aggravation and allows for recovery of an unconscious person.
Image: Dacon Rescue Scoop undergoing trials. Photo: courtesy of Clearline Communications.