Petroleum Research Newfoundland and Labrador is seeking Expressions of Interest for a design competition for an evacuation system for use in cold regions. Called “Next Generation Evacuation Craft for Cold Regions and Ice Covered Water – Phase 2” the EOI closes June 29, 2012, 3:00PM, NL Standard Time.

Successful organizations will be provided with a Statement of Work, a Statement of Requirements and an invitation to develop a conceptual design to be reviewed by Petroleum Research with the intention that one of the concept designs will be further developed into a working prototype.

Successful organizations who conduct this work from within Newfoundland and Labrador may have access to a $50,000 CAD subsidy. To qualify prospective organizations must be able to demonstrate their ability to undertake this effort. The EOI may propose one of two options:

  1. An existing evacuation system design and a description of modifications required to satisfy the following:                                                                                            –to be stowed onboard and launched from an offshore installation from a freeboard of not less than 40m
    –transit through or over pack ice of concentrations between 1/10th and 10/10ths
    –transit through large waves
    –has the potential to be recovered to a standby vessel OR
  2. A team with appropriate knowledge and experience to develop a new concept design. The team must be able to demonstrate experience in:

–Design of craft for operation in or on ice
–Knowledge of current evacuation systems and the lifesaving regulatory environment
–Knowledge of the Escape, Evacuation and Rescue process and associated hazards

Prospective organizations are welcome to submit an EOI in each format.

Contact: Susan Hunt tele. (709) 738 7904 or email; OR
Robert Trask tele. (709) 738-7974 or email