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Moving on up
06/11/2007 | Channel:
In response to requests from clients, Reflex Marine has developed the Frog-6 - a higher-capacity version of the original, three-person Frog (Frog-3), for moving up to six people at a time by crane.
The first Frog-6 units are in use in Indonesia and Reflex Marine is contracted to supply four to China, one to Angola and three of the low-temperature version to Sakhalin Island in the next month.
This new Frog has been specifically developed to reduce the number of crane operations required and to decrease the time taken for crew transfers. The Frog-6 appears very similar to the Frog-3, retaining its familiar tetrahedral design, but there are significant differences. The frame and seating arrangement has been expanded to accommodate six people. The suspension system has been enhanced - comprising three peripheral springs, hydraulic dampers and larger feet to cushion impacts and protect passengers. Balancing the space required for six people and keeping the footprint compact led to the introduction of bench-style seating. As a result, the Frog-6 footprint is only fractionally larger than that of the Frog-3, allowing for ease of storage and landing on vessel decks. The bench seating also speeds up the process of securing a stretcher into the Frog in the event of a MedEvac scenario.