Determining the Efficacy of Recovering Loaded Life Rafts Using a Dacon Scoop Mounted on East Coast Canada Standby Vessels (2008 - 2012)

Standby vessels on Canada's east coast are typically equipped with a variety of resources to assist in rescuing evacuees from lifeboats, life rafts and directly from the water in moderate sea conditions. However, in higher sea states, it is uncertain whether evacuees could be recovered safely and effectively to a standby vessel following an evacuation.

This project attempts to address a part of the rescue process through the use of equipment found on most leased standby vessels for the White Rose and Terra Nova fields - the Dacon Scoop. The Dacon Scoop is intended for recovery of evacuees directly from the water in rough sea conditions when it would be considered unsafe to launch fast rescue crafts to perform rescues.

This project outlines the required research program to allow OSSC researchers to develop a standard practice for regular conduct of drills on standby vessels.

Quantification of Rescue Performance on Standby Vessels (2001 - present for Suncor; 2007 - present for Husky)

OSSC annually undertakes rescue performance verification drills for Grand Banks offshore operators. The sea trials involve standby vessel crews performing realistic rescue recovery drills with weighted, articulated mannequins in realistic sea conditions at all times of the year.

OSSC researchers measure the performance characteristics of vessels and crew involved in the drills, including GPS position and speeds, inertial properties, sea conditions and video recording of rescue techniques in fast rescue craft. A wide range of conditions have been experienced, as well as less frequent faults associated with equipment wear and maintenance.