Revolutionizing the Offshore garments
Revolutionizing the Offshore garments
A small revolution for offshore workers
Offshore work wear has for many years been very conservative. Same colors used for a man’s age, same base fabrics re-produced, and very few changes in reflective tapes, buttons, zips and other accessories. Whenever the protective standards for fire retardant fabrics and other protective fabrics have then changed some small changes have also been made to the better on garment styling, yet still no major changes have been seen.
Daletec was the pioneer in making fabrics for fire-resistant fabric back in the 1950s. Available raw materials were used, as well as available dye stuffs and garment designs were very simple. At the time, the products offered to the market were seen as appropriate as it was performing well enough and were relatively inexpensive. The end users got something to wear which had some level of protection against the dangers that could arise, and few questions asked. Naturally, there has been some modifications since then, and flame and heat resistant fabric is not quite the same as it was in the early days, but the basics are the same.
And even if the textile industry has changed a lot over the years, and both textile mills, chemistry and fiber technology has advanced many times, the offshore garments have stayed more or less untouched.
But right now there has been one small change which will be making a big impact in the roughneck’s work: Daletec has just now introduced a mini-revolution to the offshore sector and other industry in need of similar garments made out of fire resistant fabric.
Through detailed development Daletec’s engineers have developed a brand new fire retardant fabric, which looks like anything else but which will be giving a far more comfortable work situation for workers in the energy sector.
The fabric ClassicSpark S takes inspiration in our flagship, the regular, world known 350gsm offshore fabric. But even if it looks much the same as regular fabrics, this alternative comes with a smooth stretch feature, which allows the worker to move around more easily and which will give a better work situation. Stretching and bending will be much simpler, and the fabric secures more breathability than traditional wear.
These added features to a traditional concept are resulting in a product which is modern and which meets the worker’s expectation for freedom of movement and comfort in the 2020s.
Even though the ClassicSpark S has embedded stretch fiber, it does not stand back on protective features. This fire retardant fabric delivers as good as any other offshore fabric, and is certified according to EN ISO 11612, EN ISO 11611, IEC 61482-1-1 and EN 1149-3. This means that both flame spread protection, welding performance, electric arc protection and antistatic protection has been taken care of in one and the same product.
The addition of stretch makes the fabric more complex, but we have ensured that the visual look of the fabric is as close to the expectation as possible.
So you could say; it looks as expected, but you should expect the unexpected from the product.
Could be too comfy for an oil rig? We respectfully disagree!
The modern worker is surrounded by comfortable garments, both in leisure wear and in outdoors gear so why not also in the garments which are worn throughout a 12-hour shift on deck?
We believe that this is as least as important, as in such a work situation there are all sorts of bends and turns and freedom of movement is highly important to be able to do a good job.
The first time this fabric was shown in garment form to an end user it was like showing a Christmas present to a 5-year old. The high-ranking professional was astonished over the touch and feel, and at the end of the meeting he did not want to give the product sample back.
The offshore stretch fabric is launching right now and garments will be available from different vendors later this year using Daletec material in their garments.