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Wednesday, August 15, 2018 

Safety equipment supplier Viking Life Saving Equipment says that Stena Drilling has placed a significant part of its safety equipment and servicing management under a Viking Offshore Safety Agreement (OSA).

Stena Drilling is committed to the continuous improvement of safety and operational performance, actively encouraging its workforce to consider innovative ideas that affect how the company works and the equipment it uses.

Following a review by Viking for its long-time customer, Stena Drilling decided it could achieve major cost and administration savings by placing much of the company’s safety equipment sourcing and administration under a Viking OSA. The agreement covers the company’s liferafts and offshore evacuation systems.

Viking OSAs are designed to save offshore asset owners and operators time, money and administrative headaches, while providing a transparent, predictable cost structure and ensuring safety-equipment readiness at full POB capacity at all times. The OSA concept is an innovative answer to the typical mish-mash of multiple safety equipment brands, fluctuating costs and complex administration that present a constant obstacle to operations.

Alex Kristensen, Viking’s Country Director for the UK and Ireland, adds to the story: “We had been performing standard service rotation for Stena Drilling’s liferafts for some time. This required the offshore company to rent or own additional rafts to maintain POB capacity during the weeks it typically takes to service and return liferafts via supply vessels. Transport logistics were complex and costly and, as the liferafts aged, we could see they would unavoidably become more expensive to service. We were keenly aware of the administrative and cost burdens of doing all this the ‘normal’ way and believed the whole task could be done better and more affordably under an OSA.”

When Stena Drilling decided to upgrade POB on the first of a number of assets, and placed a new order for VIKING lifejackets, the OSA concept was presented and negotiations were quickly concluded.

As part of the new agreement, Stena Drilling will upgrade its liferafts to Viking S30 liferafts with extended service intervals, a wise move for operating far from shore because doing so removes the need for annual, land-based servicing. Instead, certified crew perform annual onboard inspections, a task made even easier by an intuitive humidity/CO2 leakage testing device incorporated into in each Viking liferaft container. Onshore servicing is, however, still required every 30 months according to regulations.

John Flynn, Marine Superintendent with Stena Drilling, is confident the agreement will deliver on its promise of greater efficiency. “Our Health, Safety & Environmental Policy requires us to ensure the availability of high-quality, compliant safety equipment that’s in working order at all times,” he commented. “Viking’s experience and capabilities as a manufacturer, its breadth of products and the ability to provide technical guidance as we upgrade our POB gave us the confidence to outsource a significant part of safety equipment management, bringing it under one contract to streamline administration and logistics.”

“We’re delighted that Stena Drilling has placed its trust in Viking,” says Kristensen. “We introduced this type of agreement to the offshore industry in 2014 and we’re still alone in offering solutions that put as much as possible under one roof while maintaining the flexibility to easily change terms or scope as the customer’s priorities and needs evolve.”

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