Lifeboat Supplier Harding Gets Contract to Supply Culzean Complex

Norwegian lifeboat maker Harding announced Tuesday that it has received contracts to deliver boats and davits to the Culzean offshore gas complex in the UK North Sea. The Culzean complex is being constructed by Sembcorp Marine subsidiary SOME on behalf of the field's operator, Maersk Oil UK. 

Harding noted that the Culzean win gives it "a sweep of the latest big offshore contracts", including deliveries of lifeboats and davits to the Heerema heavy-lift semisubmersible crane Sleipnir and to the giant Johan Sverdrup field center.

"We have worked hard to strengthen our position in today's difficult offshore market," Harding's global director of sales Bjørn Sturle Hillestad, said in a company statement. 

"Winning the Culzean project was a key strategic goal in this process."

Culzean is one of the largest gas discoveries of recent years in the UK North Sea, and the field center will comprise a 12-slot wellhead platform (WHP) linked by bridges to a central processing facility (CPF) supported by a floating storage and offloading vessel (FSO), and an installation for utilities and living quarters (ULQ). Harding will deliver three FF1200 lifeboats to the ULQ and one FF1200 to the WHP, both with LA1200SU davits. The davits are scheduled for delivery by March 2017, with the lifeboats to follow in December of the same year. The WHP/FSO contract is still in bid phase.

The FF1200 is a 70-person freefall lifeboat designed to meet the most stringent standards in the industry. There have been 100 delivered to date. The LA1200SU is a skid-launch davit specially designed for the FF1200.

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