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Harding receives nine FF1200 freefall lifeboat system contracts

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Harding has announced it has been awarded contracts for nine FF1200 freefall lifeboat systems complete with davits on Heerema Offshore Services BV’s Semi Submersible Crane Vessel Sleipnir. The vessel is to be built by Sembcorp Marine at its flagship Tuas Boulevard Yard in Singapore.

Heerema’s Sleipnir is one of a number of large offshore projects currently running, along with the Johan Sverdrup Field Centre in Norway, where Harding is also a supplier.

“Everyone is talking about Sverdrup, but this project is every bit as big, with just as many systems,” said Harding’s Regional Sales Manager, Oddgeir Mælen.

The FF1200 is a 70-person freefall lifeboat designed to DNV OS E-406 standards, the most stringent in the industry, far exceeding SOLAS rules for freefall lifeboats. The boats will be matched with their LA1200H and LA1200HO skid launch davits, specially designed for the FF1200.

“The new crane vessel will serve world-wide, so a number of relevant international standards had to be considered when selecting life saving equipment,” Mælen related.

The Sleipnir contract will push Harding just over the 100 mark on delivered FF1200 lifeboats.

Harding supplied lifeboats to all the ships nominated for major Nordic shipping magazine Skipsrevyen’s “Ship of the Year” award for 2015, including the winner, the Skandi Africa.

“Delivering to Heerema’s NSCV is yet another confirmation of the quality of our products and service,” Mælen commented.

Harding CEO, Styrk Bekkenes, added: “We are extremely proud of winning such a competitive contract in today’s tight market. Harding has been through a major transition to reach our current level of capability, and in this bid we could really see the benefits. Our people pulled together and stepped up to a new level.”

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