Archive for October, 2013

30,000 Bags of Potential…

Posted in Air lift bags, Underwater air lift bags on October 29, 2013 by Seaflex

It may not look like much, but this 50kg parachute-style air lift bag represents a significant milestone for UK buoyancy and ballast specialist Unique Seaflex.
Air lift bag number 30,000 from Seaflex

Destined to be part of a spread of air lift bags supplied on hire to Bibby Offshore for their North Sea operations, this bag carries the serial number 30,000 – a landmark in the 26-year history of the Isle of Wight based manufacturer.

Air Bag Roots

It is also in fact a case of return to roots for Seaflex, as when established as something of a cottage industry back in 1987 in a partitioned-off corner of an old boatbuilding shed, bags of this size were the core business – and the largest bag produced offered only 500kg of uplift.

In 2013, the largest bag produced at Seaflex’s purpose-built Cowes facility comes in at 50t -1000 times the capacity of this modest-looking 50kg bag.

Global Success

Mark Board, the now-retired founder of Seaflex, commented “When I started out 26 years ago I could hardly imagine the global success story that Seaflex would become today – and supplying the 30,000th bag is tribute to the hard work and dedication of everyone who has worked in the business over this time.”

60,000th Air Lift Bag?

“Seaflex owes a debt of honour to their many thousands of customers past and present, who have taken them to this notable milestone.  With the business going through a period of significant worldwide growth, we expect Seaflex to be supplying their 60,000th bag into the market a whole lot sooner than the year 2039.” added Harry Ghandi, CEO of the Unique Maritime Group – longtime Middle Eastern representatives of Seaflex, and owners of the business since 2011.