Cosalt, the specialist provider of critical safety equipment for the marine, industrial and offshore markets, has won an order from Princess Cruises to supply 20 Cosalt Man Over Board (MOB) Recovery Systems as part of the cruise line's new safety implementation for rescuing casualties from the sea.
All ships in the Princess fleet will have Cosalt MOB Systems on board ready for deployment from the ship's pilot door if difficult sea conditions prohibit the launch of a rescue boat. Princess is one of the premiere cruise lines in the world. Its fleet carries more than a million passengers each year to more worldwide destinations than any other major line and the safety of its passengers is the company's number one priority.
The Cosalt MOB Recovery System is a flexible, ladder-style device, which enables casualties, conscious or unconscious, to be retrieved from the water quickly in a horizontal position. This mode of recovery reduces the threat of heart and blood circulation problems in a person whose temperature is reduced by exposure. It is one of several items of specialist marine safety equipment in Cosalt's Personnel Recovery Devices (CPRD) range, which also includes lifebuoys, throwing lines and recovery slings.
The product is now being put to good use by many different organisations including rescue operators, oil companies, tug owners, dive operators, navies, coastguards as well as cruise and ferry ships. Its modular design means it can be adapted to suit all types of vessel, whether for MOB retrieval from a standby vessel, a fast rescue craft, an enclosed lifeboat or from a floating stretcher.
Available in a variety of sizes, each Cosalt MOB System is tailored to suit the individual needs of the application it will be used from. The FRC Kit is designed for use on fast rescue craft. It is supplied in a robust high-viz valise and is compact enough to be stowed in the craft.
In rescue stretcher configuration the equipment is used with block and tackle or davit arrangements. If required the stretcher can also be used with a rescue swimmer. Larger sizes of the system can be used as a scramble net on the side of a vessel and in rescue zones. All the systems roll up for storage to a fraction of their deployed size.
In use it is simple to launch and operate, even in rough conditions. This is critical for offshore applications. The product is constructed from high-density plastic rungs and steel rods. It is fitted with Marine Grade 316 stainless steel snap hooks. Lifting strops and heaving lines are attached to aid retrieval.