New North Sea ‘lifeboat-in-a-box’ launched at offshore trade show


Xervo's new 'lifeboat-in-a-box’ will be built at Sandnes, Norway
Xervo’s new ‘lifeboat-in-a-box’ will be built at Sandnes, Norway

In order to meet the growing demand for new North Sea lifeboat standards, Norway’s SH Group and its subsidiaries Xervo and Sepro Technology is opening a new business unit in Sandnes.

In addition, all three companies will take part in the ONS conference in Stavanger at the end of August with the largest booth ever, at which Xervo’s new Boat-In-A-Box NORSOK R-002 lifeboat system will be on view.

The lifeboat system will be lifted 20-foot into the air so all of the system’s details can be inspect at close range.

More than 50 drilling rigs need to be upgraded by 2019 in order to make sure all safety equipment lives up to the NORSOK R-002 standards.  That’s created a lot of activity at Xervo, which so far is the only company on the market that has supplied jack-up rigs in line with the new rules.

Esben Juul Sørensen, Chief Executive, Xervo, explained: ”For a while we’ve been looking for the most suitable facilities to service our Norwegian customers, a place where we could take full advantage of the synergies within our company.

“Now we’ve found a location with 10,000 square meters of workshop facilities, a quay and full crane coverage of the entire area.  This means we can fully benefit from the capacities we have in the organization so that our customers get the best possible service.”

 Meanwhile, Xervo has also hired Kent Vinkel, previously chief executive at Gefion Nordic Engineering, as its country manager in Norway.


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