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Hansen Protection introduces new emergency breathing system

Oilfield Technology,

Hansen Protection has introduced SeaAir EBS – its new emergency breathing system (EBS). The company has utilised new technology within the design and manufacturing of its product. The EBS is capable of withstanding freezing temperatures and adopts a design that enables breathing to start underwater.

In correlation with the start-up of oil activities in the North Sea, Hansen Protection made its first survival suits in around 1976. Its new SeaAir EBS is one many personal safety products designed for the offshore, air transport and maritime sectors.

Passed US Navy testing

SeaAir EBS’s design and features has positioned it as a system that is recommended by the US Navy. This is because it is the only system that has passed their cold water test when placed in temperatures around freezing.

The market’s most complete EBS

At present, SeaAir EBS has several major benefits and is the market’s most complete EBS. The system incorporates: a nose clip which is able to adapt to any nose – a solution that makes it possible to start breathing under water and so vomit is channelled out of the way – and ergonomics that mean it is no longer necessary to bite the mouth piece to keep it in place. 

SeaAir EBS is already being utilised in Norway, Russia, Germany, France and the Netherlands and it is mainly used in connection with offshore helicopter transport.

SeaAir EBS integrates the SeaLion Europe life jacket and SeaAir survival suit, both of which are EASA and ETSO approved. In addition, SeaAir EBS is compatible with Hansen Protection’s SeaAir Helicopter passenger suits which are already used widely on the Norwegian Continental Shelf.

Meeting new demands

In autumn 2014, the British Air Transport authorities introduced new and far more stringent demands for emergency breathing systems. Its new requirements stipulate that EBS equipment must be able to be activated under water. The same requirements will also be enforced in the Netherlands. These requirements are fully met by SeaAir EBS.


Adapted from press release by Cecilia Rehn

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