Wind farm vessel crews could soon be sporting some trendy new outfits that may just end up saving their lives.
Viking Life-Saving Equipment has launched a new walk-to-work crew transfer suit that it claims overcomes a cumbersome feature of offshore wind turbine maintenance procedures without compromising safety.
The Viking YouSafe lightweight immersion suit provides, the manufacturer claims, “game-changing innovation to wind farm vessel crew transfer procedures”.
The one-size-fits all immersion suit was developed in co-operation with oil, gas and offshore wind industry players.
It comes packed into a bag that is attached to the user’s lifejacket instead of being worn during the transfer between support vessels and offshore installations.
Viking admits that discussions on whether crews need to wear immersion suits is still a hot topic in the industry.
However, the contractor has “decided to rise to the challenge to support crew transfer whether they continue to wear an immersion suit or carry it with them", said global product manager, offshore wind, Bettina Kjaergaard, adding that "carrying an immersion suit brings its own challenges”.
At just 1.37 kilograms, the Viking immersion suit, which has a three-year service life expectancy, is substantially lighter than the 4.6 kg for a typical immersion suit used in this application, noted the company.
“I am sure this will be as interesting to the oil and gas market as it has already proved among our wind energy customers,” added Kjaergaard.