Oilfield service firm Petrofac has taken delivery of a second freefall lifeboat at its marine training centre in Aberdeen following an investment of £200,000.
Petrofac said the new unit, made by Dutch company Verhoef, would help it keep up with demand.
Earlier this year, the company launched its first freefall lifeboat for the 3,000th time in five years.
The additional capacity will help Petrofac adhere to social distancing practices aimed at preventing the spread of Covid-19.
The firm used to be able to train six delegates with one freefall, but that number has now been reduced to three.
With two models, both of which can be operated at the same time, Petrofac can run courses with similar numbers of trainees.
George Masson, Petrofac’s safety and survival team lead, said: “Investing in this new model shows our continued commitment to delivering high-quality training to our clients in the UK energy industry.
“Nothing beats launching and manoeuvring a freefall boat in real sea conditions and so the experience our delegates get with our freefalls is as close to real life as it can be.
“That said, we also have our fast rescue craft which we use in our training pool, allowing us to create specific emergency evacuation scenarios.
“By being able to offer customers both, we can provide a really robust, comprehensive and lifelike training experience.”