St. John’s, Newfoundland, June 17, 2013: Hibernia Management and Development Company Ltd. (HMDC) recently installed Virtual Marine Technology’s (VMT) SurvivalQuest Lifeboat Simulator System onboard the Hibernia platform. SurvivalQuest is an enclosed cabin, full mission lifeboat simulator system which uses lifeboat specific helm controls and virtual environments to allow lifeboat coxswains and crew to practice emergency launch scenarios not possible using conventional training and drills.

Platform Evacuation Systems

While there are risks associated with using lifeboats, the greatest risks by far are associated with launching and recovering lifeboats during training. VMT’s lifeboat simulators are currently used by
maritime organizations to enhance lifeboat training for mariners and offshore workers.

“Lifeboat simulator systems expose mariners to simulated harsh environments, equipment malfunctions, and other situations and scenarios not possible to create during conventional training and drills” said Captain Anthony Patterson, President of Virtual Marine Technology. “Simulators allow lifeboat coxswains to develop enhanced competency through frequent practice of drills and ultimately to reduce the potential risk of injury to crew and damage to life saving eq
uipment in the event of an emergency situation,” he said.

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About Hibernia

Hibernia Management and Development Corporation (HMDC) is the operator of the Hibernia field which began petroleum production on the Grand Banks off Newfoundland & Labrador in November 19 1997. HMDC is owned by ExxonMobil Canada (33.125%), Chevron Canada Resources (26.875%), Suncor energy (20%), Canada Hibernia Holding Corporation (8.5%) and Statoil Canada Ltd. (5%)

About Virtual Marine Technology

Founded in 2004, Virtual Marine Technology is a simulation 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.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
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For More Information on Hibernia:
Margot Bruce O’Connell, Telephone: +1-709-778-7222
Email: margot.p.bruce-o’connell@exxonmobil.com
Website: www.hibernia.ca

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