Aberdeen-based marine safety specialist Survival Craft Inspectorate has won a Queen's Award for Enterprise.
The prestigious Innovation award has been bestowed in recognition of Survival Craft's Safelaunch, the only lifeboat release and retrieval system designed to offer 100% protection against unintentional launches.
Since its launch in 2003, Safelaunch has become the preferred choice of the oil, gas and merchant shipping sectors worldwide, can be used in the most extreme marine environments, and meets or exceeds all international safety standards. The system was designed and developed at Survival Craft's Findon Shore headquarters in Aberdeen.
Survival Craft managing director Angus Campbell said: "We made the decision to invest in developing Safelaunch to address a range of serious and unacceptable health, safety and reliability issues associated with conventional lifeboat release systems.
"We are honoured that our contribution towards improving safety at sea and on offshore installations around the world has now been recognised with this important award."
Safelaunch comprises a high-quality, easy-to-use, stainless steel quick-release on-load hook designed to allow the safest launch of conventional, davit-launched lifeboats of up to 17 tonnes gross weight. The system can be installed into new lifeboats and can also be retrofitted to existing lifeboats.