Cosalt Offshore has invested more than £1million in developing its lifeboat division to underpin future expansion plans.
The division is adjacent to Cosalt Offshore's Bridge of Don premises and includes 3,000sq ft of dedicated workshops, a service center and store rooms, along with a one-acre yard.
Along with the significant expenditure on infrastructure, Cosalt Offshore has also expanded the product lines it offers and taken on an additional eight skilled staff to give a team of 56 multi-disciplined service technicians serving all sectors of the offshore and marine industry.
Colin Cunningham, newly appointed general manager of Cosalt Offshore's Lifeboat division, said, "Cosalt Offshore already has an excellent reputation for continually delivering quality through our ranges of products and services and we believe our investment in our lifeboat division as a whole reaffirms our commitment to our existing customers that we will continue to strive to surpass the high standards we already achieve.
"Our main focus is the oil & gas industry and, as well as working predominantly in the North Sea and Europe, we have expanded into West Africa and expect to increase the levels of work we do in these regions in future. We are also looking to target the marine industry generally and see many opportunities there for growth in the coming years."
He added, "Cosalt Offshore offers an exceptional service in terms of the lifeboats we supply - by supplying our own brand of new lifeboats direct from our own manufacturing base, we ensure they are a cost-effective option and have all the necessary class approvals in place and comply with the latest legislative requirements.
"At the core of our work at Cosalt Offshore is providing the best possible customer support and advice to our clients, assisting and advising them on matters such as maintenance, inspection, testing, design & build of lifeboats and on specialist subjects such as latest directives from the HSE, including the significant 'Big Person In Lifeboats.' These areas are where we work closely with our clients to achieve the safest and most economical solutions to meet their operational requirements offshore."
Contracts recently secured by the Lifeboat Division include work with Chevron and Dolphin Drilling. The Chevron agreement involves Cosalt Offshore supplying lifeboat inspection and maintenance services to Chevron North Sea Limited’s North Sea assets under a five-year agreement, while the work for Dolphin Drilling was supplying its first lifeboats designed to meet the new HSE guidelines allowing for offshore workers being larger-sized than in the past.
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