Dunkirk ‘little ship’ Recovery

Posted in inflatable buoyancy units, marine salvage, Underwater air lift bags on November 1, 2012 by Seaflex

Skylark XI was one of the fleet of ‘little ships’ that rescued Allied soldiers from the beaches of Dunkirk in 1940 in Operation Dynamo. But for the last two years – since the 70th anniversary of Operation Dynamo – she has been lying on the bed of the River Leven at Balloch in West Dunbartonshire.

With the help of the Royal Navy Clearance Divers the Skylark IX was successfully re-floated on the 18th of October.

Little Ship salvage using Seaflex underwater airlift bags

Skylark salvage – image from http://www.heraldscotland.com

Using inflatable buoyancy bags the Royal Navy divers from the Faslane base on the Clyde undertook a painstaking 12-hour operation to refloat her. They had to abandon their efforts after the first day but eventually the last of the water was pumped out and the successful operation was completed.

The Skylark was one of the smallest of the “little ships” which responded to the call from Winston Churchill in 1940 to rescue the Allied forces trapped on the beaches of Dunkirk. Although her capacity was 90 passengers, on each of the four return trips into Dunkirk she brought out 150 exhausted and wounded soldiers .

Seaflex donated six, 2 tonne Inflatable Buoyancy Units with airlines and manifolds to use in the operation.

STV News article and News video footage on the first day’s attempt.
The Scottish Herald article and images.

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LIFTEX EXHIBITION 2012

Posted in Ballast bags, Load test weights, Water filled load test weights, Water filled test weights, Water filled weights, Water load test weights on October 8, 2012 by Seaflex

29th & 30th November, Ricoh Arena, Coventry

Seaflex will this year have a stand at the LiftEx Exhibition and the venue is Ricoh Arena, Coventry.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Now in its 8th year, LiftEx has become the leading event for the lifting industry and Seaflex will be displaying it’s range of water filled load test weights,

LiftEx 2012 will be open to visitors for two days; from 10:00 – 17:00 on Thursday 29th November and from 09:00 – 14:00 on Friday 30th November.

We look forward to seeing you.

Seaflex New Facility Goes Green

Posted in Production on June 15, 2012 by Seaflex

Seaflex New Facility Eco Friendly

Seaflex new facility is now well underway and ground work for the water capture system have been completed. As well as putting less strain on the environment this water capture system will save money for the business and provide well needed supply of water for there servicing operation.

Solar Panels

Seaflex are now working with Island Sustainable Heat and Power Limited, who have provided calculations based on generating electricity from solar panel that will be placed on the roof of the new facility. It is expected that when this project is running it will produce 40% of seaflex,s annual Electrical Power.

LIFTEX EXHIBITION 2011

Posted in Load test weights on October 11, 2011 by Seaflex

17th & 18th November, Saviles Hall, Leeds

Seaflex will this year have a stand at the LiftEx Exhibition and the venue is the Saviles Hall, adjacent to the Royal Armouries complex in Leeds.

Liftex 2011

See Seaflex water test weights at Liftex 2011

Now in its 7th year, LiftEx has become the leading event for the lifting industry and Seaflex will be displaying it’s range of water filled load test weights, including the new 50t WaterLoad Weight

LiftEx 2011 will be open to visitors for two days; from 10:00 – 17:00 on Thursday 17th November and from 09:00 – 14:00 on Friday 18th November.

We look forward to seeing you on Stand 23

Salvage of the Jean Ricciardi

Posted in Air lift bags, marine salvage, Underwater air lift bags on October 4, 2011 by Seaflex

Jean Ricciardi Salvage using air lift bags

Client: Insurance company
Contractor: Prodive Monaco
Location: Sete, France
Water depth:  18m

The Jean Ricciardi had suffered a total power loss in the middle of the night and this left her without lights and adrift, she continued to drift until she ran aground under the cliffs near the harbour entrance of Sete.  A merchant vessel who caught sight of the Jean Ricciardi contacted authorities and took 2 crew members aboard who had been in the Jean Ricciardi’s liferaft at the time of the grounding. A lifeboat was dispatched and freed the fishing vessel from the rocks and the Jean Ricciardi was taken under tow bound for Sete.  The vessel’s hull had been severely damaged during the grounding allowing significant water ingress to the vessel and she started to heel.   Without power to operate the pumps the fishing vessel flooded and then sank by the stern just 800 meters from the harbour entrance.

SEAFLEX INVOLVEMENT

Due to the water depth and the close proximity to the harbour entrance the Local harbour authorities insisted that the wreck be remove as soon as possible. The vessel’s insurance company agreed and engaged a salvage company to remove the wreck however they failed in their attempts. PRODIVE were then approached to carry out the removal and contacted SEAFLEX to supply the necessary air lift bags.

Jean Ricciardi Salvage using air lift bags

PRODIVE required 240t of lift bags, 12 x 20t ALB (Air Lift Bags) for despatch as soon as possible. The bags were packed and despatched from stock the same day from SEAFLEX head quarters on the Isle of Wight and arrived on site two days later.  The salvage was completed by PRODIVE within a week of the call to SEAFLEX and the Jean Ricciardi has now been safely removed from the water to be broken up for scrap.

For more information or quotation contact: Graham Brading – gsb@seaflex.co.uk

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Seaflex 50t WaterLoad Weight

Posted in Load test weights, Water filled test weights on August 2, 2011 by Seaflex

Seaflex lead the way with 50t Water Load Test Weight

The Seaflex prototype 50t WaterLoad Bag has achieved over 201t (safety factor of 4 to 1) during its independent type test at the TUVNEL test rig Scotland.
Managing Director Graham Braiding said “Ideally we would have liked to achieved a 6 to 1 safety factor (300t) but we were limited by the test rig itself which is only rated to 200t” he also pointed out that, “The bag, including all of its lifting components, has been designed with a 6 to 1 safety factor in mind”.

50t water filled load test weight

This photo of the bag on the test rig with an operative in the shot gives some perspective of the size of the bag.

To date no other manufacture of WaterLoad test weights has type tested a 50t WLB.

The 50t Bag is now available for hire or purchase from Seaflex, Unique Maritime Group or any of our agents worldwide.

For further information or a quotation please contact:
Ben Board at Seaflex 01983 290525
bmb@seaflex.co.uk

Unique Maritime Group acquires Seaflex Ltd.

Posted in Air lift bags, inflatable buoyancy units, marine salvage, Underwater air lift bags on June 2, 2011 by Seaflex

Unique Maritime Group

Unique Maritime Group a leading provider of specialized engineering solutions to the subsea and offshore oil and gas industries worldwide announced the acquisition of Seaflex Ltd today (24th April 2011).  Seaflex Ltd.  is a leading provider of marine buoyancy products and water filled test weights. Seaflex’s product range includes, subsea air lift bags, inflatable buoyancy units, WaterLoad test weights, cable and pipeline buoyancy, lifeboat testing ballast bags, yacht fenders and yacht racing buoys.  Seaflex is a BS EN ISO 9001:2008 company, independently certified by Lloyds Register Quality Assurance and its products comply with current IMCA and EC regulations.

Lifting aircraft airframe using air bags

The purchase of Seaflex Ltd., based in Isle of Wight, further strengthens Unique Maritime Group’s strategic goal  to expand its Manufacturing , Sales & Rental operations for specialized products worldwide. “The acquisition is also expected to result in greater efficiencies and significantly increase our market share” said Harry Gandhi CEO of Unique Maritime Group.

Seaflex will continue to operate under the same name & Graham Brading will take over as Managing Director. Mark Board continues to provide valuable support to him as a consultant for next two years.

“The acquisition of Seaflex was a calculated decision and was accomplished through an exclusive negotiation process under the guidance of Pinsent & Masons as legal advisors.” explained  Harry.