Maritime & Offshore Industry Water Rescue Device – Hover Ark H3-R Robotic Lifebuoy
Anywhere vessels sail the seas or large projects, such as offshore rigs and shipbuilding operations are undertaken, things can go wrong. Drilling operations offshore are extremely dangerous. Hazardous and dangerous conditions are just part of the job. These conditions include inclement weather, hazardous materials, flammable products, and heavy equipment. The risk for injury is extremely high in these working conditions – and when an injury occurs, they are typically catastrophic.
The weather far out at sea is much different to that onshore. Storms bring heavy rainfall, extreme winds, and surges of ocean water. These storms can be so severe that oil rigs will evacuate several days before the storm is expected. Other times, workers are left to ride out the storm and maintain the rig during the storm.
Here we focus on the use of the new tide of Water Rescue Devices – The Hover Ark H3-R Remote-controlled GPS Smart Life Buoy, and the role this can play on-board Offshore platforms, Rigs, Docks, Harbours, and for that matter any vessel at sea. When it comes to workers overboard or falling into the Ocean, Workers can be pushed off the oil rig into the ocean, struck by lightning, suffer serious slips, and falls on wet docks, and be hit by objects blowing in the wind.
Here are some occurrences that can contribute to workers falling overboard or off a platform into the ocean:
- Lack of life vests or other life-preserving equipment on vessels
- Damaged or worn-out life-preservers
- Allowing maritime workers to work too many hours, resulting in fatigue and exhaustion
- Employer’s failure to set up a buddy system in which workers work in pairs to prevent job-related accidents
- Slip, trip, and fall accidents
- Employer’s failure to set up a regularly scheduled inspection program to ensure that workers wear mandatory life-preserving equipment
- Damaged or otherwise faulty lifeboats, rafts, or other waterborne evacuation craft
- Failure to provide or secure safe access in and out of a vessel
- Damaged Jacob’s ladders
- Failure to provide personal fall prevention measures
- Vessels sinking
Besides Transportation incidents, the most common cause of occupational death for sailors is drowning.
In many instances, conditions permitting, The Hover Ark H3 can be thrown into the water from a height of approximately 20 meters by rescuers, set course to the drowning victim, and successfully return the victim to the craft or another rescue vessel safely without endangering the rescuers’ lives. The craft can speed to the victim at up to 800 m and with the auto-return mode, can safely return the victim. We believe in certain applications where use is possible on the Offshore platform and most definitely in a harbor or port area, the H3 can be of great assistance to rescuers