Marine transfer gear evolves

If you’ve never ridden a crane-hoisted rope basket from one place to another, you probably haven’t spent much time on offshore oil and gas equipment. It’s the offshore industry’s main way of moving people onto and off of installations where helicopters don’t do the job.The procedure is straightforward: put one foot on the flotation ring, one on the deck, and clutch ropes; step fully aboard at lift-off; continue clutching ropes as the crane lifts basket and souls on board up and out over the water then down onto the target deck.The adventure ends too soon for some, too late for others. Few riders need to be told twice about that rope-clutching business.First r...

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