Training and technical support are vital in reducing the risk of accidents, believes Norsafe senior vice president Endre Eidsvik. “A lifeboat is your last chance to evacuate a vessel, so it is vital that crew are properly trained and take part in regular drills,” he said.
As part of its commitment, Norsafe has two STCW-approved full-scale training centres in Norway and Greece. But advice is also offered by its maintenance staff, if time allows during their visits, to check that crew are sufficiently confident in their use of the equipment.
Many of those visits will be made as part of the company’s Care Plan service agreements, which will mark their second anniversary in October. Three levels of service are available. When the service was launched, Norsafe said it was the first supplier in its sector to introduce a tiered service management system.
Norwegian tanker operator Rederiet Stenersen is one of its Care Plan clients. It has a fleet of 16 purpose-built chemical/product carriers (13-19,000 dwt). Technical manager Frode Leganger told Tanker Shipping & Trade that Norsafe liaises directly with its ships’ masters to arrange service visits.
Norsafe makes contact about eight weeks before a service is due and a suitable port is agreed near the due date, depending on the particular ship’s spot-charter commitments. Its agreement covers lifeboats and their davits, plus the ships’ man-overboard boats and their cranes.
One advantage of having the work done by their manufacturer is that it removes the need to have a class society surveyor attend to check the work, he said. The service “saves a lot of time” and, because it is at a fixed price, “we know where we are.”