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26th July 2019
JB64 customised fire equipment cabinets for the new Karish FPSO

It has been a sea of red over the last few weeks as we completed an order for 56 of the JB64 fire equipment cabinets for the Karish FPSO. This will be working in the Tanin and Karish field off the coast of Isreal and operated by Energean. According to Energean's website this field contains an estimated 2.2 trillion cubic feet of natural gas and 31.8 million barrels of light liquid hydrocarbons. To our knowledge these are the first cabinets we have supplied to this area and were ordered on behalf of Energean by the Denmark based Semco Maritime.

The JB64 is typically used for the storage of large horizntal fire hose reels but in this case the cabinets are fitted out with shelves and stainless steel brackets for the orderly storage of fire hoses, foam inductors and foam containers.

13th June 2019
SOS700 Lifebuoy housings at Seawork

Ocean safety provided the lifesaving equipment for the temporary pontoons at the Seawork exhibition this week in Southampton. The SOS700 is ideal for this as it has a very shallow profile and so takes up very little of the limited deck space. The fully enclosed design with anti-tamper seal provides excellent weather protection for the lifebuoy and line. In this instance the lifebuoy housings were supported by light weight but very strong composite poles.SOS700 at Seawork 2019

Inside the exhibition halls IC Brindle were showing the same type of housing with a newly developed monitoring system called Meta-com. If the housing is opened then a text is sent to up to 5 mobile phones to notify those responsible for water safety that an event has happened. This follows a very successful trial at Poole harbour where the remote monitoring has helped to reduce incidents of vandalism and made it easier to monitor the lifesaving equipment.

12th June 2019
SOS300 Fire hose cabinet launched at Seawork 2019

SOS300 is being launched in the innovations area at Seawork in Southampton (11-13th of June).

Why it is innovative
The SOS300 is unusual in being injection moulded. It has been developed over a two year period using CAD with finite element analysis to create a thoroughly robust design with a very high quality finish with none of the inherent weaknesses seen in other fire hose cabinets in this sector.

Elements have been adopted from our Firebird offshore cabinets such as the excellent EPDM door seals and the large rotary door catch to ensure effective protection, resistance to corrosion and speed of access.

The benefits of injection moulding being the superb finish, short production time and relatively low cost.

First stock of the SOS300 are due to be delivered towards the end of June 2019.


1st April 2019
Bespoke Roller shutter cabinets for Stena Don

Sometimes there just isn't enough room for a conventional storage solution. Stena drilling needed to store immersion suits at the muster stations on their semi-submersible Harsh environment drilling rig Stena Don. The problem was where to put these cabinets with so little room at the muster station under the lifeboats. The engineering team approached Jo Bird and company to come up with a solution.

Jo Bird manufactured two roller shutter cabinets with sloping backs to roughly follow the contours of the staircase. The cabinets are of a similar width too so they could be positioned underneath without eating into the deck space where there was available headroom for people to stand.The extreme roller shutter doors mean there is no concerrns about large cabinet doors being caught by the wind as they simply retract into the roof of the cabinet. The cabinets also have an excellent IP rating of 56 to help maintain the suits in perfect condition.

Photo kindly provided by Stena

11th March 2019
The BBC Visit Jo Bird and company in Somerset regarding Brexit

Dave Harvey interviews Guy Atkins

The Presenter Dave Harvey, accompanied by a film crew and Steve Tulip from Make UK visited Jo Bird and company today. The purpose of the visit was to seek the view of businesses involved in exporting to Europe as to what impact Brexit might have as well as the preparations made. After interviewing Guy Atkins the MD, The team had a tour of the factory floor to see the production processed used in the construction of our cabinets. It also gave them the opportunity to ask the production team about their views on Brexit. It is hoped the feature will be shown on Points West on the evening of the 12th of March.

4th February 2019
Bristol University research engineers try their hands at laminating GRP cabinets


It was a pleasure to work with the University of Bristol to show their research engineersJo Bird composite manufacturing factory as part of their design for manufacture unit. Activities included a tour of a working composite facility, the opportunity to participate in tooling, part manufacture and to explore recent DfM developments in the products produced at the facility.
26th November 2018
Overhead lifejacket chests for Royal Caribbean cruises

During a relaxing cruise customers like to experience an uninterrupted view of the sea or the exotic location they are visiting. Plenty of room to enjoy the extensive deck space without having to walk around obstacles such as lifejacket chests is also desirable . Why spoil the experience by reminding them of the possible need, however unlikely, to don a lifejacket in an emergency?

For this reason, Jo bird and company were asked to develop an overhead lifejacket locker which could be attached to the underside of the deck above the main promenade deck. In so doing the customers don't see the cabinet as it is behind them and above their heads. If there was an emergency or during a drill, a member of the crew can pull the release handle which causes the large hinged door to open. The lifejackets then drop onto the deck where the crew can issue them to the waiting passengers.

The door has large rubber pads to cushion it against the bulkhead. In the front face of the chest there are two doors secured with 316 stainless steel hinges and catches. These are there for the initial loading of the lifejackets or for reloading after a drill. The chest is made using Lloyds approved UV stabilised composites and all the metal components are manufactured in 316 stainless steel for superb corrosion resistance.

Jo Bird and company have the experience and expertise to manufacture bespoke cabinets such as these.

For more information please contact the sales/estimating team on:
Tel: 01278 785546

17th October 2018
EIC National Awards 2018

Eight awards were handed out during the black-tie event attended by over 400 guests including the Minister of State for Trade and Export Promotion, Baroness Rona Fairhead. The gala evening, one of the industry's premier award ceremonies, included after dinner entertainment from TV personality and impressionist Jon Culshaw, best known for his work on Dead Ringers and Spitting Image.

In a first for the EIC National Awards, joint winners were announced for the Optimisation Award, the judging panel being unable to separate Somerset's JoBird and Middlesbrough's Lionweld Kennedy.

Life saving and fire safety equipment storage designer and manufacturer JoBird invested in training and new manufacturing technology to increase the output of its products.
Commenting at the ceremony EIC CEO Stuart Broadley said, ‘It's been another fantastic night, with great food, entertainment and of course great company - our members are without a doubt some of the hardest working and most dedicated people in the energy industry anywhere in the world.

‘The awards categories recognise the strategies that EIC member companies of all sizes and sectors are developing to grow and flourish at home and abroad. While the winning entries were indeed very special, tonight is also about celebrating the important work all of our members do, day in day out.'

6th September 2018
Jo Bird & Co. Ltd Receive Queen’s Award from Lord-Lieutenant of Somerset

We are delighted to have today received its second Queen's Award in the space of five years from the Lord-Lieutenant of Somerset.

Handing over The Queen's Award for Enterprise in Innovation to MD Guy Atkins, Mrs Anne Maw, Lord-Lieutenant of Somerset, praised the skills and commitment of everyone in the company and expressed admiration at the precision and ability that went into the manufacturing process.

The Queen's Awards for Enterprise are the UK's most prestigious business awards to celebrate and encourage business excellence. Out of 1.8 million companies in the UK, only around 200 receive a Queen's Award. The accolade was particularly welcome at Jo Bird's HQ in Highbridge, Somerset as five years earlier the company received its first Queen's Award for Enterprise in International Trade. The company exports its products across the globe to over 30 different countries.

Today's Queen's Award in Innovation recognises the redesign and manufacture of a range of fire safety cabinets. Jo Bird has employed the latest technology to develop these products to protect vital safety equipment in hazardous environments. In doing so the company has also achieved the remarkable feat of doubling productivity. Managing Director, Guy Atkins, commented, "We have also seen the improvements and adjustments made to the manufacturing process have resulted in a more involved and happier work force."
Local Cllr. Anne Fraser, MBE, Portfolio Holder for Economic Growth, Sedgemoor District Council, commented on the company's achievement: "To receive the accolade of The Queen's Award for Enterprise in Innovation is richly deserved and Sedgemoor are proud to have such an aspirational and successful company in their District."

Guy continues: "We are the internationally recognised leader in the design and manufacture of life saving and fire safety equipment storage. This innovation enhances our reputation as the market leader in quality and in being at the forefront of design in our market. Being successful in winning a second Queen's Award for Enterprise is a huge achievement and could not have happened without a substantial investment in skills and training as well as the ambition, determination and hard work of our staff."

Jo Bird Queens Award 2018


21st August 2018
JB68 Large Wheeled Extinguisher/Foam Trolley Cabinet

Too often large extinguisher or foam trolleys are protected by a material cover not only gets covered in guano but eventually succumbs to battering of the elements and rips. The trolley then quickly deteriorates ultimately rendering it unserviceable.

The JB68 cabinet has a flat reinforced base with a sloped edge to make it possible to push heavy foam trolleys in and out. The sloped edge also helps to keep the water running around the door aperture out of the cabinet. There are two doors rather than one large door to make access in tight spaces easier and to avoid the risk of a heavy single door being caught by the wind. These are secured with a 316 Stainless steel 3 way locking system. The body of the cabinet has an unusual roof and side profile which is designed to both limit the cabinet roof height but to also give the cabinet much greater rigidity. Apart from the base the cabinet is manufactured from 6mm thick GRP using gelcoat with UV inhibitors to resist fading.

These cabinets can be manufactured with flame retardant resins as an optional extra. For very cold locations we can also insulate and heat the cabinets for both safe and hazardous zones.

The JB68 is available to order now and please contact our sales team at for a quote or if you have any questions about this cabinet.

JB68 Large Wheeled Extinguisher Trolley Cabinet

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