Everett, WA - February 20, 2018 - OceanGate Inc., a provider of manned-submersible services, has selected Falck Safety Services Canada to provide Helicopter Underwater Egress Training (HUET) for the 2018 Titanic Survey Expedition.
The wreck site of the RMS Titanic is located about 400 miles due south of St. John’s, Newfoundland. As part of the multi-year survey of the RMS Titanic, which kicks off in June, the expedition crew, mission specialists, and content experts fly from St. John’s, Newfoundland to rendezvous with the dive support ship at sea.
“Falck is a trusted global leader in safety services”, says Stockton Rush, OceanGate CEO. “We are pleased to provide this important safety training for our entire crew and the mission specialists joining us on the expedition.”
In preparation for the over-ocean helicopter flight, all crew members must participate in a one-day HUET session. This mandatory training is required in preparation for the unlikely event of an emergency landing at sea. Using a helicopter simulator, similar to those used by military personnel, all crew members will learn to safely and effectively exit the aircraft and survive at sea.
“This training will provide all crew members with an understanding of helicopter over-water transportation and the hazards involved” Comments Ben Rossong from Falck. “Whether landing on the helideck of a vessel, or an offshore platform, this course will prepare participants to safely respond in the unlikely event of an emergency water landing. Crew members will learn how to safely exit the aircraft on the surface, as well as the proper procedures to egress underwater.”
The HUET session includes both classroom and practical training utilizing Falck’s Modular Egress Training Simulator (METS®). Falck, a global leader in safety services will conduct the training at their Newfoundland and Labrador location where all crew and mission specialists will participate prior to spending a week at sea to explore the wreck of the Titanic.
Falck Safety Services Canada (FSSC) is a local Canadian training provider dedicated to serving the Oil & Gas, Marine, Industrial, and Military sectors. FSSC provides a wide range of safety, survival, and emergency response training for clients including: The Canadian Department of National Defence, Canadian Space Agency, ExxonMobil, Shell, Cougar Helicopters, and many more. Falck Safety Services Canada goes above and beyond traditional classroom lectures by incorporating industry experience with scenario based practical training. Both FSSC facilities are equipped with state-of-the-art equipment and simulation products used to provide high fidelity realistic training.