On ships and mobile drilling units, there shall be approved insulated immersion suits on board; -available at the muster station in the event of an emergency. An insulated immersion suit has a certification in accordance with IMO/Solas' LSA Code; and is tested and approved to a number of requirements such as thermal protection, mobility, floating position, freeboard, size, resistance flames etc. The LSA Code is the minimum requirement, which of course is met by Hansen Protection immersion suits. Our goal and practice is to override the minimum requirements of the standard. This is, among others, through use of materials that can withstand more and provide better protection, as well as functional details that simplify use, and thereby the safety in an emergency.
Some examples: The standard size will fit 95% of the population; thus there is no need for many suits in special sizes. This can complicate and delay evacuation in an emergency where every second is critical. However, in our collection, we offer emergency immersion suits for the 5% share of the adult population having difficulty using a standard suit.
On many of our immersion suits for use in emergency, we use a sole on the socks as a good car tire, which means you do not slip on a wet, tearing deck surface. Should there be a fire on board and the deck becomes overheated, these soles protect your feet. Another example is that Hansen Protection uses a buddy line and hook that floats and is easy to handle. This may seem a small and insignificant detail, but can be crucial in a critical situation.
Our more advanced suits have an integral inflatable hood for better face sealing and buoyancy, - as well as sprayhood that not only protects against sea spray but also seabirds going after your eyeballs ...
Emergency suits for the professional crew are all insulated immersion suits that will provide a minimum of 6 hours thermal protection in cold water, ie between + 2 °C and 0 °C. The regulation allows the test subjects core temperature to sink by up to 2 °C during a 6-hour test. A core temperature drop of 2 °C you have reached the first phase of hypothermia that may be harmful to health and, not least, uncomfortable. When testing our costumes, the temperature of the kettles drops by a maximum of 0.6 °C after 6 hours in cold water, which means that in practice you can stay longer in the water without exceeding your health.
Emergency suits for passengers on ferries and cruise ships have other requirements. For this purpose, HP has lightweight suits that provide a minimum of 1 hour thermal protection. In Norway, these are used by several ferry operators. Internationally, these suits are also form part of the survival kits according to the Polar Code. In the Polar Code, the minimum requirement is that such suits should satisfy the standard of TPA's (Thermal Protective Aid). Such protection is also part of HP's offering.
Extended service interval:
A unique offering from Hansen Protection is that we can pack your suits in a vacuum; - lightweight and airtight, with a solid foil that ensures long durability, and ultraviolet rays do not damage the suit. In line with this protection, Hansen Protection recommends extended service interval; five years for suits with light and 10 years for suits without. *) For more information about vacuum packing and service intervals; click here.
*) Note: Some Flag States have specific requirements with regards to service intervals.