Release date: 27 January 2020

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JFD, the world leading underwater capability provider serving the commercial and defence diving markets and part of James Fisher and Sons plc, is proud to announce that it has been named as a finalist in the Health, Safety and Environmental (HSE) Innovation category for the Offshore Achievement Awards 2020.

The shortlisting showcases JFD’s commitment to providing safe and effective capabilities for divers working in the world’s most challenging underwater environments, demonstrated in the COBRA (Compact Bailout Rebreathing Apparatus) set.

The Offshore Achievement Awards encourage innovation and collaboration in the oil and gas and renewables industry in the North Sea. The winner of the HSE Innovation Award will be selected based on several factors, including how the technology supports business/industry health, safety or sustainability and creates new business opportunities as a result.

Until now, the industry standard for the provision of emergency breathing gas has been limited to just a few minutes through use of conventional bailout cylinders.. As a direct response to the urgent need to drive significant improvements in safety standards, JFD developed the COBRA rebreather set, which provides an advanced emergency bailout provision. This greatly extends the supply of emergency breathing gas, providing a supply of up to 33 minutes at a depth of 120 metres, compared with approximately 7.5 minutes on conventional bailout at the same depth.

Giovanni Corbetta, Managing Director, JFD, said:

“It is a great privilege to be named as a finalist for the HSE Innovation Award for the Offshore Achievement Awards 2020. The shortlisting is a testament to the hard work and dedication of our team in designing the COBRA set with the capability to ensure the highest levels of safety and subsequently give divers confidence they can conduct their operations in the safest conditions possible.

“It is always a defining moment when our projects are recognised for their excellence and contribution to the offshore industry. We wish all of the finalists the very best of luck and look forward to the award ceremony on 19 March 2020.”

JFD operates at the forefront of innovation in subsea operations and, with its pedigree, market knowledge and understanding. JFD invests in the development of comprehensive technologies and services that continually break new ground in ensuring the highest standards in safety and quality in protecting life at sea.