Survival Craft to Open Lifeboat Training Facility in Australia

Survival Craft Inspectorate and Australia's Industrial Foundation for Accident Prevention (IFAP) announced their plans to establish a new freefall lifeboat training facility -- the only facility of its kind in the country. The partnership is worth $3 million to Survival Craft in its initial phase.

The two organizations have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) and construction work has already begun on an extension to house the facility within IFAP's existing award-winning Offshore and Maritime Training Center which is adjacent to the Port of Fremantle.

Survival Craft Managing Director Angus Campbell said, "At the moment, the nearest training center to Western Australia is in Malaysia, so this development will come as welcome news for all offshore oil and gas facilities and shipping fleets which have freefall lifeboats installed and need to meet industry-required training targets."

The new facility is due to open for business in August 2010 and will have direct access into Rous Head Harbour, providing easy access to the 1,100 vessels passing through Fremantle every year.

Under the agreement with IFAP, Survival Craft will provide one freefall lifeboat and one totally enclosed motor-propelled survival craft (TEMPSC), two davits, and a launching structure, and oversee their maintenance and certification.

The two organizations are jointly developing a range of courses to meet industry needs. Mr Campbell said, "The MoU followed many months of planning, discussion with industry, and negotiations with contractors. Site works are now in progress, with the excavation and laying of the piles already completed and steelworks fabrication under way.

"This is a major milestone for Survival Craft and we are honored to be working with IFAP to bring this much-needed facility and training to Western Australia."