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Pier head and survival craft

Launching a RIB from the pierheadThe pier head facility houses two totally enclosed motor propelled survival crafts (TEMPSC) on outrigger davits fitted on a purpose built steel structure. These craft are mainly used for OPITO-approved training for the offshore oil and gas industry. A Selantic escape system (the vertical net escape chute) is fitted to the steel structure for training offshore course delegates on its practical use.

A partially enclosed lifeboat (PELB) is also located at the pier on a gravity type davit, in addition to a slewing single arm davit used for davit launched life raft (DLR) operations and the launching and recovery of rigid inflatable boats (RIBs). Our training vessels also include two open lifeboats that are kept on moorings and used for delivering practical aspects of the proficiency in survival craft and rescue boats and other courses. A 6m fast rescue boat is launched from the Academy’s own slipway located on the bank of the river, and kept alongside pontoons during proficiency in fast rescue boat courses.

Attached to the pier is a walkway to a floating pontoon which is used for mooring the vessels used for training as well as for housing the Academy’s RIBs when not in use. In addition, the pontoons are used for exercises involving throw-over type liferafts.

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