(St. John’s, NL: January 16, 2015) Newfoundland – OceansAdvance member comopany, Virtual Marine Technology (VMT) is pleased to announce the provision of its Survival Quest lifeboat simulator training system to Rowan Companies, a global provider of contract offshore drilling services. The lifeboat simulator will be used to provide enhanced lifeboat launch and recovery training to lifeboat operators and marine crews and will complement weekly safety drills conducted onboard Rowan drilling rigs.

Increase Realism of Emergency Training

“Deploying the lifeboat simulator training system at Rowan will provide us with realistic training and competency assessment of lifeboat coxswains and marine crews, in a safe and controlled environment,” says Michael Lawson, Vice President – HSE and Marine. “Lifeboat crews will be able to simulate a variety of difficult emergency evacuations and practice their skills using equipment similar to that deployed onboard most Rowan rigs.”

The lifeboat simulator developed by VMT is a cabin-based lifeboat simulator system which uses Survival System International’s CA-6000 lifeboat helm and controls. The system was fully customized for Rowan to include the physical lifeboat controls, a jack-up rig virtual environment and a visual system which replicates the lifeboat’s field of view. The system also trains users in emergency situations specific to Rowan’s offshore emergency response plans.

“We are very happy with the design of the single fall lifeboat simulator system,” said Randy Billard, VMT’s Chief Technology Officer. “Rowan’s marine and training team members provided subject matter expertise to ensure that VMT modeled the simulated emergency evacuation scenarios effectively. The system will allow lifeboat and marine crews to be exposed to realistic emergency situations not possible in conventional lifeboat training.”

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About Virtual Marine Technology

Founded in 2004, Virtual Marine Technology is a simulation training system provider specializing in maritime simulation systems. VMT develops high fidelity simulation systems to enhance and augment marine/maritime training for oil and gas operators, defence contractors, maritime training organizations and shipping companies. The Company has partnered with leading maritime institutions and organizations to research, model and simulate small craft motion, specifically lifeboats launched into less than ideal sea conditions.

For more Information on Virtual Marine Technology:

Alfred Whiffen

Telephone: +1-709-738-6306, Extension 215

Email: alfred.whiffen@vmtechnology.ca

Website: www.vmtechnology.ca

About Rowan Companies PLC

Headquartered in Houston, Texas, Rowan Companies plc is a global provider of contract drilling services in the ultra-deepwater and shallow water jack-up market with a fleet of 34 offshore drilling units, including four ultra-deepwater drillships, one of which is currently under construction, and 30 jack-up rigs, 19 of which are rated high-specification. 

The Company’s fleet is located worldwide, including the United Kingdom and Norwegian sectors of the North Sea, the Middle East, the United States Gulf of MexicoSoutheast Asia, West and North Africa and Trinidad.  All four of the Company’s ultra-deepwater drillships are under long-term contracts. 

The Company’s Class A Ordinary Shares are traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol “RDC.” 

Website: www.rowancompanies.com.