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As a global leader in safe marine transfer solutions, Reflex Marine has helped to change the safety culture in the offshore industry.

It continues to work closely with operators, lifting specialists and vessel owners to develop a more integrated approach to personnel transfer operations. Around 10 million marine transfers are estimated to be carried out every year and Reflex has gained worldwide recognition by being at the frontline of the introduction of safer and more weather capable technologies. It is also regarded as the leading specialist in harsh weather environments, with extensive experience in the Arctic Circle and other challenging regions.

The company will share its vision of the future of marine based crew logistics at the upcoming North Sea Offshore Crane and Lifting Conference in Aberdeen (April 24-26). The conference, now in its 17th year, is recognised as the most important meeting place for the offshore lifting and material handling industry. Last year’s event saw 16 nations and more than 200 delegates represented.

Managing Director and co-founder of Reflex Marine, Phillip Strong said: “New technology continues to develop rapidly in the field of crane transfer. We will focus on some of the most advanced crane transfer operations taking place around the world, examining track records and how an integrated approach isimproving safety and efficiency.

“We will provide an update on our recently launched 10 Golden Rules for crane transfer safety, the result of a collaboration by three companies, which draws on our experience of millions of transfer operations performed each year in the industry. It is hoped that these ‘rules’ will become recognized as a global standard for best practice transfer operations.”

At the conference, Reflex will discuss the increasing use of formal training as a key tool in the management of risk, with recent examples given of how cranetransfer plays a vital role in evacuations and other emergencies.

The spotlight will be focused on emerging technologies. These include deck motion monitoring systems that allowcrane operators to accurately interpret vessel motions. A crane operator can better assess if a transfer can be safely performed, and can define thesafest landing areas in real time. These systems can provide a significant overall reduction in vessel operating costs.

A new generation of transfer devices, now under development, which are designed to improve safety and further increase safe operating envelopes will also be revealed,with an overview given on the current standards and guidelines in place around the world in relation to safe lifting practices for personnel.

Mr Strong added: “We will also take another look at evacuation provisions, as recent events around the world have reemphasized the importance of preparedness for emergency scenarios. The approach to managing emergencies varies radically from region to region, but it is difficult to over-state the importance of the industry getting this right. The positive news is that increased industry awareness and training coupled with improving technology is bringing very important new tools to the disposal of those responsible for directing emergency operations. If these options are recognized and deployed properly and we prepare for a range of emergency scenarios, we should be able to considerably reduce risks for offshore workers.”

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Fifth Ring Integrated Corporate Communications

Andrew Bradshaw/Gavin Roberts, +44 1224 626288

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