Hansen Protection SeaAir



The most "intelligent" suit - ever!

SOLAS Approved. For offshore, helicopter transport and as a personal abandonment suit on the installation.

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SeaAir1 survival suit represented a step forward in safety for helicopter passengers when it was introduced in 2008. The was widely acclaimed and received the Award for Design Excellence from the Norwegian Design Council in 2008. It is an advanced suit and in addition to ETSO-certification it has an IMO Solas 6-hour certification and acceptance from Norwegian Maritime Directorate when used with Self Righting unit. The suit is intended for helicopter transport of personnel to and from offshore oil fields. The suit is packed with safety features such as its emergency breathing system (re-breather), personal locator beacon (PLB), sprayhood for face protection, emergency light, buddy line, etc. The suit is designed to be used without a lifejacket and it is possible to top up the level of inflation manually for increased comfort and freeboard. An “intelligent” lining fabric stabilize the inside temperature of the suit and reduces body heat significantly.


  • The only integrated helicopter passenger suit on the market, no extra lifejacket required
  • Triple certification; EASA ETSO + IMO Solas + Norwegian Maritime Direcorate
  • For offshore, helicopter transport and as a personal abandonment suit on installations
  • Good fit, insulated, temperature regulating material in lining
  • HP ERBS Emergency re-breather integrated (Cat B)
  • Outer layer of 100% waterproof, flame retardant fabric
  • Approved emergency light, buddy line, integrated lifting strap and open collar for rescue
  • Insulated three finger gloves with waterproof zipper and inside cuffs with pulse warmer
  • Integrated manually inflatable buoyancy lung in collar for freeboard and comfort in the sea
  • Prepared for NMD-approved automatic self-righting system
  • Designed for optimized comfort while seated
Video: Donning Instructions


Personal Locator Beacon & Emergency Breathing System

SeaAir - The most "intelligent" survival suit - ever!

SeaAir1 is our first generation integrated helicopter passenger suit. The suit is triple approved; by EASA as an integrated helicopter passenger suit, Solas as an insulated immersion suit and as an abandonment suit on MODU's by Norwegian Maritime Directorate (NMD) when worn with a Self Righting Unit.

HPL-2 Personal Locator Beacon

Previous tracking transmitters used by offshore oil workers have only transmitted signals on the 121.5 MHz (VHF) emergency wave band that only rescue helicopters and rescue boats could pick up. The new HPL-2 includes also transmission of the exact GPS-position through the widely used AIS-system. HPL-2 utilise satelites in both the US GPS network and the russian GLONASS network. With both systems active, a more precise positioning is secured, especially north of the polar circle.

HP ERBS emergency breathing system

SeaAir Barents is equipped with HP ERBS, an air pocket re-breather system based on your own air. This system has been in operation on the NCS since 2005.

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Area of application
Helikopter passenger
PU-coated Nylon/Oxford 2L, FR to EASA ETSO requirements
Yes, inherent buoyancy (zip-in) in 3mm soft foam with closed cells
Main zipper type
Polyurethane/plastic spiral, open
Fit / Ergonomics
290 Orange
Reflective material
IMO Solas
Pocket for manual emergency breathing system (ERBS)
Integral, in neoprene
3-finger gloves with watertight zip
Lifting becket/loop
Yes, with D-ring and carbine hook in stainless steel
Inflation valve for buoyancy
Manual inflation valve for extra bladder in collar
Prepared for integration of HPL-2 with antenna bracket on suit
Buddy line
Yes, with floating carbine hook
Emergency light
IMO Solas, water activated
Boots / socks
Neoprene boots
Emergency Breathing System (EBS)
HP ERBS - Emergency Re-Breather System Cat B
Thermal protection with lining/inherent insulation
6 hours (IMO/Solas less than 2°C watertemp)
Service interval (standard)
1 year (ETSO personal suit)
Certifications ETSO
ETSO 2C502 (Integrated helicopter flight suit)
Other certifications
NMD Regulation 02 Feb 2016 No. 90 (Self righting)
Certifications SOLAS-suit (w/integral buoyancy)
Solas MED/1.6b (with inherent insulation - to be worn without lifejacket)
Type of suit
Helicopter passenger transport suit
Survival/immersion suit

From one of the world's foremost developers and manufacturers of survival equipment

Hansen Protection has been a pioneer in safety at sea since we launched kapok lifejackets in 1932.

Our current range continues the company's strong traditions, where our greatest concern is to ensure optimal functionality and performance for all types of work at sea.

A first class survival suit can mean the difference between life and death.

As one of the world's foremost developers and manufacturers of survival equipment, Hansen Protection can offer a wide collection of survival suits. Survival can never be guaranteed, but we can guarantee that our survival suits satisfy the highest demands for safety.

Survival suits are obligatory for personnel on oil rigs, passenger ferries, merchant and fishing fleets plus in offshore helicopter transport.

Our dry suits provide sufficient buoyancy and protect against heat loss, and thus increase the survival time in cold water. All suits are tested and approved according to the strictest national and international standards.

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