A team of engineers and technicians from Maritime Applied Physics Corporation (MAPC) recently completed Global Wind Organization (GWO) Basic Safety Training with Sea Survival and Transfer modules at Falck Safety Services, Teesside, United Kingdom.
This GWO training is the accepted industry standard for accessing offshore wind turbines, met masts, transformers, and buoys. It includes tower climbing, advanced first aid training, and fire suppression training.
Maryland’s Department of Labor Licensing and Regulation (DLLR) Maryland Business Works training assistance program provided 50% matching funds to assist MAPC in providing this training to its employees. MAPC has won a Maryland wind energy area met mast outfitting contract with US Wind, Inc., one of Maryland’s two offshore wind developers, and plans to use this training in order to support the contract.
Mark Rice, President and Founder of MAPC: “Global Wind Organization training is not currently available in the United States, so leveraging the lessons learned from Europe ensures our personnel are well prepared to handle the unique demands of offshore wind tower climbing.”
With a track record of innovative and challenging projects in the maritime sector, MAPC is well equipped to support the emerging U.S. offshore wind industry.
MAPC has obtained a sublicense from Blount Boats to build South Boats’ licensed Crew Transfer Vessels, and seeks to provide outfitting, commissioning and O&M services for site assessments, turbine transition, and balance-of-plant systems. MAPC’s supplier network and capabilities include instrumentation and data acquisition systems, solar and wind power systems, collision avoidance lighting and signals, davits, and fall and fire safety systems.
Congratulations to ACTUV, DARPA’s first large unmanned surface vessel to transition to ONR! In the press announcement from DARPA, starting at 39 seconds, they show additional video footage of MAPC’s TALONS system demonstration!
Sikorsky was tasked by an international naval customer to provide an External Life Raft Pod (ELRP) for its MH-60R helicopters that could manually or automatically deploy under the toughest weather conditions, and to be easily operated with limited dexterity in a thick survival suit and gloves in cold water conditions. Maritime Applied Physics Corporation (MAPC) designed and manufactured the ELRPs to meet those engineering challenges. After a rigorous testing program, Sikorsky’s ELRP is now available as an option for the international customer’s MH-60R and can be qualified for other H-60 helicopters.
The ELRP can be jettisoned from up to 50 feet altitude at 60 knots of forward velocity, and deploys a TSO C70a Type 1 compliant cold weather six-person life raft and survival kit. In an aircraft ditching scenario, the ELRP automatically deploys and floats to the surface for access by survivors. The pod remains sealed until manual actuation of large orange manual release handles, and is buoyant both before and after deployment. Automatically activated LED strobe locator lights are visible for over three miles and are designed to strobe continuously for 12 hours.
To perform in this aerospace program, MAPC’s Brunswick, Maine office became AS9100 compliant. Please see Specification Sheet for more information.