Bibby Offshore has become the first to deploy a pioneering diving safety system in the North Sea, after providing its divers with the innovative Compact Bailout Rebreathing Apparatus
(COBRA), during a contract with BP North Sea. Working at depths of up to 110 metres, the Bibby divers used the COBRA system to deliver electrical umbilical installation, subsea control module (SCM) change-out, and production and controls system integrity testing, deisolation and commissioning services.
COBRA, developed by JFD, is a simple, highly reliable bailout system which offers divers up to 45 minutes of fully independent breathing gas in an emergency situation.
Howard Woodcock, chief executive at Bibby Offshore, said: “The safety of our personnel is paramount at all times. COBRA significantly enhances the time our saturation divers have to return to the diving bell in an emergency situation – a step-change in improving subsea safety and one we will adopt in the future across our fleet.
“Having the full support of the client for the introduction of the COBRA rebreathers during operations on its offshore assets, clearly demonstrates the alignment between the client and Bibby Offshore in an ongoing commitment to advancements in industry safety.”