Why is there an ERRV alongside an offshore installation?

Regulation 17 of PFEER states that:

"The duty holder shall ensure that effective arrangements are made which include such arrangements with suitable persons beyond the installation, for:

i) Recovery of persons following their evacuation or escape from the installation and
ii) Rescue of persons near the installation and
iii) Taking such persons to a place of safety

And for the purposes of this regulation arrangements shall be regarded as being effective if they secure a good prospect of those persons being recovered, rescued and taken to a place of safety"

What are the fundamental duties of the ERRV?

The fundamental requirements which an emergency response and rescue vessel must satisfy are that it should be capable of:

i) Rescuing from the water or recovering persons and providing them with medical aid
ii) Acting as a "Place of Safety" in accordance with PFEER
iii) Providing on scene co-ordination, as required, in accordance with the relevant installation's Emergency Response Plan
iv) Participating fully in the execution of the installation collision avoidance strategy e.g. to monitor the Safety Zone, warn approaching vessels and the installation of the risk of collision and prevent same where possible
v) Acting as a reserve radio station.

How long is the ERRV alongside an installation?

The ERRV is alongside the installation for 365 days per annum with crew changes taking place every twenty eight days.

How often are rescue exercises carried out offshore?

Rescue exercises are carried out offshore when sea conditions of up to 3.5m significant wave height permit the safe launching and recovery of the FRC.

The ERRVs undertake rescue trials on a regular basis. Click here to view current information on trials performed in the North Sea

Who instigates these exercises?

The Master in conjunction with the OIM will agree to a time when an exercise can take place which does not interfere with the normal duty of the ERRV alongside the platform / installation.

Who monitors these exercises?

The exercises are monitored by both the vessel and the offshore installation, or by an independent monitoring organisation when Validation Trials take place, employing mannequins, in accordance with Regulation 17 of PFEER when the trials are based on the following criteria:

i) Scaffold collapse (4) persons in the water
ii) Multiple persons (18) overboard (installation abandonment)
iii) Multiple (20) persons in the water (helicopter ditching )