The new ErgoFit SOLAS lifejacket from Survitec’s leading lifejacket brand, Crewsaver, redefines safety, comfort, and performance for those engaged in challenging tasks on wind turbines and during offshore crew transfer operations.

Crewsaver is a world-leading designer, manufacturer, and supplier of high-performance Survival Technology with a history of bringing the latest lifejacket innovations to the market. The ErgoFit SOLAS uses tried and tested technology to create a lifejacket that demonstrates remarkable performance by surpassing the comprehensive array of requirements mandated for offshore wind professionals.

The comfortable ‘wear all day’ lifejacket’ offers cross-compatibility with a range of fall arrest harnesses, integrated sprayhood with airway protection and Fusion 3D technology; the contoured fit moulds to the shape of the wearer and sits off the neck, giving the user total freedom of movement and making it comfortable to wear all day.

Mark Lutman, Technical Sales Manager, Survitec, said, “Recognising the global trend towards renewable energy and the growing importance of the offshore wind industry in the broader energy transition, the ErgoFit SOLAS lifejacket launches at a pivotal moment. As more professionals enter this high-stakes environment, the need for specialised safety equipment becomes increasingly evident.”

The lifejacket features dual side adjusters to closely reflect the clothing worn, whatever the time of year, plus a padded air mesh internal construction to provide further comfort in warm weather.

In the event of a deployment, potentially from a significant height, supporting an unconscious casualty, the lifejacket’s in-water performance needs to be faultless. This is where the lifejacket excels, thanks to features such as Crewsaver’s fast-rotating inflation bladder. The lifejacket rotates an unconscious person face up in just 2.6 seconds, comfortably exceeding the SOLAS standard of four seconds.

The ErgoFit SOLAS ensures a freeboard of 125mm is maintained thanks to an inflatable chin support that holds the head up and back, keeping the airway clear.

Crewsaver’s extensive experience in ocean racing and military applications helped shape the design. “A casualty in the water wearing a lifejacket will rapidly face upwind as their hanging legs act like a sea anchor, and the twin stayed sprayhood offers advanced protection and windage. This is why we have designed our chin support and the upper parts of the inflated bladder to prevent any diversion of breaking water or spray into the nose or mouth. With its tailored shape, the bladder distributes buoyancy uniquely around the wearer to maximise in-water support and airway protection”, concluded Lutman.

A specialised offshore wind lifejacket has to perform a number of roles. It needs to offer class-leading levels of comfort whether on the crew transfer vessel (CTV), accessing the turbine from the CTV or working at height on the turbine. It also needs to be equally capable of providing all-day comfort whether the technician is operating in -20°C North Sea conditions wearing fully padded workwear or lightly dressed for the +30°C conditions in the Taiwan Strait.

A fall arrest harness is required for working at height, which happens a great deal in the offshore wind industry. The ErgoFit SOLAS lifejacket, combined with varying designs of fall arrest harness, can be used for external work when over water, such as on blades, the transition piece or the monopile. With this in mind, the ErgoFit SOLAS has been designed to integrate perfectly with industry-standard fall arrest harnesses from Petzl, Skylotec and Cresto.

The ErgoFit SOLAS successfully secured its SOLAS approval in March 2023 and is currently undergoing additional certifications ahead of its much-anticipated delivery, scheduled for early 2024.

The ErgoFit SOLAS lifejacket will launch at the SPE Offshore Europe exhibition in Aberdeen from September 5th to 8th, 2023.


ErgoFit SOLAS lifejacket redefines safety, comfort, and performance

About Crewsaver

Crewsaver, a Survitec brand, is a world-leading designer, manufacturer and supplier of high-performance Survival Technology. Headquartered in the UK, the company is a lifejacket specialist whose trailblazing designs are trusted by leading operators, watersport enthusiasts and athletes around the world. With an origin tracing back to 1957, Crewsaver is the pioneer of the first gas operated lifejacket which subsequently set the benchmark for the design and function for the leisure user.    

About Survitec

Survitec is a global Survival Technology leader to the maritime, defence & government, aerospace and energy sectors. Survitec has over 3,000 employees worldwide, covering 11 manufacturing facilities and over 400 service centres. They operate in over 2,000 ports, spanning 96 countries. Survitec are the world’s largest manufacturer and supplier of liferaft, Marine Evacuation Systems (MES) and offshore rental PPE. They are a leading supplier of fire solutions to the maritime industry and hold a market leading position for Pilot Flight Equipment in the aerospace & defence market. The Survitec team live by their purpose “We Exist to Protect Lives”. Throughout its 168-year history, Survitec has remained at the forefront of innovation, design and application engineering and is the trusted name when it comes to critical safety and survival solutions.