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It’s been 20 years since this writer was transported from a vessel to a fixed platform or floater. But I did it hundreds of times. Sometimes it was by a swing-rope. Very often, it was by crane via a Billy Pugh personnel net. The situation hasn’t changed much today. Depending on where you are in the world, and where your destination is, these remain the options for transporting personnel offshore from a vessel. Helicopters are by far the safest in terms of injury, but the most dangerous in terms of death. From a vessel, swing-ropes are dismal, safety-wise, but sometimes are the simplest way, logistically, to get on a platform, Fig. 1. As this article points out, crane transfer via a personnel carrier has undergone dramatic change.
It is now becoming more widely recognized in the industry that to carry out crane transfers safely, the whole transfer system must be examined.
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