Search & Rescue
Our Anti-shock Variable Ballast (AVB) system is already in use with crews who are hard at work helping to save lives around the clock, from the North Sea to the eastern Mediterranean. It is fitted on the entire RNLI Atlantic 75 and Atlantic 85 fleet, and is in active use by over 150 lifeboats across 100 stations around the UK.
The RNLI Atlantic 85 is widely considered to be the benchmark for Search and Rescue vessels. The inclusion of our AVB system was specifically requested by crews, who reported very favourably from experience on it's predecessor, the Atlantic 75, which is still in active use across Europe.
Rescuers who are racing to save lives in the most treacherous of conditions require suitably tough hardware. That's why so many use our system to help get them there in time when it really matters, and we are incredibly proud to work with both national and local independent rescue organisations.
We provide mission-focussed solutions for operators of high-speed craft for an array of military applications. Fast interceptor craft, which travel at higher speeds by necessity, can utilise ballast to maintain speed in adverse conditions, giving them the edge against their target. The increased stability of the vessel also provides a stable shooting platform for gunners, and increased visibility for the helm.
High-speed troop transport craft can be the most susceptible to rough conditions, as the nature of their use dictates that their weight regularly changes, depending on their passenger load. Studies have also shown how repeated bodily shock from impact and vibration severely affects the performance of those exposed. Not only does our AVB system protect operators from injury, but also improves their performance when completing mission-critical tasks.
EU and UK Directives on Repeated Shock (RS) and Whole Body Vibration (WBV) recognise the incredible strain put upon the human body through the operation of high-speed craft, and the risks of sustaining acute and chronic injury. Vessel operators are required by law to take steps in order to protect crews "as far as reasonably practicable". Installing an AVB system as a proactive shock mitigation solution demonstrates best practice in protecting crews of commercial vessels.
The Directives have also set in place an Exposure Action Value (EAV) and Exposure Limit Value (ELV), which are the maximum levels of vibration to which crews can be exposed. By protecting crews with an AVB system, they can operate for longer with less exposure to WBV, and without breaking safety regulations.
For the serious adventurer or the weekend boater, our AVB system helps the boat to get onto the plane faster, with reduced porpoising and enhanced control at higher speeds. For all that we talk a lot about safety regulations and requirements, it can be easy to lose sight of the fact that sometimes it's just fun to go full throttle.
For many years it has been common practice to increase weight at the bow by asking one ore more passengers to sit at the bow, which can even mean sat on the front tubing if the craft is a RIB. This use of "live ballast" is incredibly dangerous, and using an AVB system instead provides far greater stability and performance, without the inherent risk.