Health & Safety requirements have been tightening in the Marine sector over recent years; with new laws being passed to load test lifeboats and davits on an annual basis. Employee and passenger safety is always at the forefront of this customer’s plans so it was already one step ahead of this trend. With yearly testing already scheduled at onshore sites, the ship management service company looked for more efficient testing whilst the vessels were still at sea. This was when Arbil Lifting was approached.
Since its establishment, it has always been this leading ship management service provider’s policy to load test not just its lifeboats but also the lifting/lowering equipment used to cast these boats. Dave Nicholls, General Manager of Lifting Gear at Arbil explains,
“Lifeboat load capacity testing has been law since before the time of the sinking of the Titanic, so it is surprising to hear that davit and other lifting gear testing has only been made law in more recent years.’ Nicholls continues,
‘Both the safety of our customers and our customer’s passengers and employees is paramount. This particular company had implemented routine checks on lifeboats before the lifting equipment laws had passed. However they often had to test equipment on shore, rather than on the vessel – which can be timely in man hours and potentially lengthens the time the vessel has to be docked. Then they approached us and a number of other suppliers for an on-vessel way of testing. The solution of a Mechanical Dynamometer was put forward. The contract went out to tender and we were not only the most competitively priced, but the customer felt secure in the knowledge that we could deliver on what we were promising"
With a clear solution highlighted with the use of Mechanical Dynamometers, Arbil set to work. Nicholls, explains,
“This was the first time we had dealt with this particular customer, so I worked closely with them to ensure we covered all bases. The Mechanical Dynamometers that were put forward and subsequently decided upon have precision accuracy, something that is vital when it comes to the safety of individuals. They are made from lightweight yet resistant materials, meaning they are easily a one person lift.’ Nicholls continues,
‘These Mechanical Dynamometers require annual calibration and we will manage this reminder process at Arbil. Obviously it wouldn’t be practical for all the Dynamometers to be recalled at the same time; leaving the customer with none; so we will stagger this recalibration call. As the only approved calibration centre in the UK, we can offer the most competitive prices as there isn’t the additional margin mark up you would incur when using a third party.”
On completion of the job, Arbil delivered all the Dynamometers into the customer’s chosen shipping yard, already labelled with the passenger vessel name that each Dynamometer was to be placed on. Nicholls adds,
“On finding a solution to a problem, you always want that solution in use as quickly as possible. So we always aim to provide a customer with the earliest ETA possible, whilst still maintaining the upmost highest quality standards of equipment’ Nicholls concludes,
‘The customer now has a fleet of fully working Mechanical Dynamometers, sourced and supplied at a highly competitive price and they can be secure in the knowledge that they can leave us to fully monitor and manage their calibration process. This leaves the customer to focus on what it does best, providing reliable and efficient ship management services.”