In some offshore locations around the world, helicoptors ferry personnel to and from the installations. This is by no means the only way to manage offshore personnel transfer. Some locations use boats. Landing/swing rope arrangements physically transfer personnel directly from the boat to the installation.
Over the past 20 years or so, open rope baskets, attached to the offshore installation’s crane were used. These are complimented using an enclosed personnel transfer capsule. Personnel sat with restraints or stood enclosed within the capsule.
The use of this purpose-designed unit became compulsory in certain jurisdictions. This was due to the introduction of the Lifting Operations & Lifting Equipment (LOLER) Regulations 1998, particularly covering UK and UKCS operations and other jurisdictions who adopt the UK and UKCS regulations. These regulations stipulated that any personnel transfer system which used a device attached to the crane hook must have certain physical properties. These also had to afford a certain standard of protection to its occupants for all stages of the transfer. There also had to be protection in case the transfer went wrong for any reason.
The Personnel Transfer Capsule
The device of choice became the Personnel Transfer Capsule. This was first developed at the inception of the LOLER regulations. Since then, the Personnel Transfer Capsule has undergone constant development. Furthermore, it has now evolved into a state-of-the-art device. This is in terms of safe offshore personnel transfer in all regions of operation.
From transfer in the frigid Arctic environment to those in more hospitable tropical locations; there is a Personnel Transfer Capsule model available to optimize your personnel transfer process. Contact CLS today. We can make your personnel transfer arrangements safer and also up to date in terms of offshore equipment and maintenance.