Research facilitation and management for Newfoundland and Labrador's offshore industry

Lifeboat Launching Training Simulator

Lead PI: Mr. Randy Billard
Subject Category: Health, Safety and the Environment

Start Date: Jun 2008
End Date: Dec 2009
Institution / Organization: Virtual Marine Technology Inc.

The offshore oil and gas operators on the Grand Banks have, for the most part, suspended full scale launching of their lifeboats due to the risk involved in recovering the lifeboats back to the installations.  For example, Hibernia suspended offshore “live” lifeboat drills based on experiences in launching and recovery in 1998 and 1999.  The absence of full-scale launches is a major obstacle to the delivery of lifeboat training for offshore personnel, which increases the risk to personnel safety in the event of an incident requiring evacuation.

This project is focused on ensuring that lifeboat operators acquire the skill set required to successfully perform a launch in an emergency situation. The project is aimed at the delivery of a simulation based training program that will allow trainees to perform launches in dangerous situations in a training environment that is safe and effective.

In an 18-month timeframe, a virtual trainer and curriculum will be developed to expand upon the existing live boat training program. Proponents of this project consist of a team of technical and training expertise including key team members Virtual Marine Technology Inc. (VMT), Memorial University’s Ocean Engineering Research Centre (MUN-OERC), and the Marine Institute’s Centre for Marine Simulation (MI-CMS). This team has worked together successfully in the past on the development of a simulator prototype, funded in part by Petroleum Research NL. The goal of this project is to deliver a fully immersive training simulator to the Centre for Marine Simulation, which will enhance the training available to lifeboat operators and improve the overall safety of offshore operations


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