Safety services provider extends to RIB refurbishment

One of the P&O RIBs arriving on a low loader at Cosalt's Lowestoft branch prior to servicing. One of the P&O RIBs arriving on a low loader at Cosalt's Lowestoft branch prior to servicing.
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The UK’s Cosalt Lowestoft branch has completed the refurbishment and servicing of two Fast Rescue Craft used on P&O Cruises' transatlantic cruise ship the Oceana.

The 7m RIBs required an extensive overhaul after providing months of service in the Caribbean, Central America, and the Mediterranean.

The bulk of the work involved re-skinning the inflatable tubes, which were badly damaged by ultraviolet light, changing the inflation and relief valves, testing and servicing the self righting system, and servicing the inboard Volvo Penta diesel engine. The lifeline handles were also replaced and patch repairs made as required. A new rear towing bridle was manufactured and fitted along with a new 2kg dry powder fire extinguisher.

Darren Short, manager of Cosalt's Lowestoft Branch said, ‘P&O Cruises has been a Cosalt customer for many years and we have an excellent relationship with the company. We already supply lifejackets, rope and other marine safety products. It was great to be given the opportunity to extend the range of services we provide by including the repair and service of two of their Fast Rescue Craft. The work was quite involved but everyone agreed the end result was worth the time spent. These refurbished RIBs will now provide many more years service.’

Repairs were also carried out to the rubbing strake and lifting assembly and new reflective tapes were fitted. Cosmetic repairs were also carried out to the glass fibre hull and the bilges were pumped through and cleaned before completing two successful river trials. In total, Cosalt's team of specialist engineers took over 400 hours to complete both boats during a ten week period.

The 77,000 ton Oceana is a mid-sized cruise ship with extensive facilities for over 2,000 passengers. In an emergency its two Fast Rescue Craft would be used to make a recovery in a man overboard situation. They would also be used for towing deployed liferafts or ferrying people between ships at sea. The boats are frequently put through their paces during regular safety training exercises.

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