Westhill-based firm JFD announced in April the development of the the Compact Bailout Rebreathing Apparatus (COBRA).
It was designed as a response to the need for significant improvements in safety standards in the saturation diving industry, particularly when operating in extreme conditions
The COBRA was also designed to provide divers with an additional tier of safety in emergencies.
The apparatus is a significant step forward in improving subsea safety by providing an extended supply of up to 33 minutes of emergency breathing gas.
Allan Nairn, director of diving at Bibby Offshore, said: “The entirety of our dive team responded positively towards the introduction of the COBRA rebreathers onto the Bibby Topaz.
“In particular, they emphasised that the benefits of additional breathing duration, the ability to test the COBRA at any time and the apparatus’ ease of use with regards to weight all made them feel safer in conducting their dives.”