The Magazine for Underwater Professionals
7th June 2018
Aberdeen, UK-based subsea services provider Bibby Offshore has become the first to deploy a pioneering diving safety system in the North Sea.The company provided its divers with the innovative Compact Bailout Rebreathing Apparatus (COBRA) during a recent contract with BP North Sea.
Working at depths of up to 110 metres, the Bibby divers used the COBRA system to deliver electrical umbilical installation, subsea control module change-out, and production and controls system integrity testing, deisolation and commissioning services.
COBRA, developed by JFD, UK, is a bailout system which offers divers up to 45 minutes of fully independent breathing gas in an emergency situation.
Bibby Offshore’s deployment of the system is a first for the North Sea since its introduction to market last year, with the company playing a key part in testing during 2017.
Howard Woodcock, chief executive at Bibby Offshore, said: “The safety of our personnel is paramount at all times. COBRA significantly enhances the time our saturation divers have to return to the diving bell in an emergency situation – a step-change in improving subsea safety and one we will adopt in the future across our fleet.
“As leaders in diving safety, it is imperative that our divers are equipped with the best equipment and leading technology. Having the full support of the client for the introduction of the COBRA rebreathers during operations on its offshore assets, clearly demonstrates the alignment between the client and Bibby Offshore in an ongoing commitment to advancements in industry safety.”