Volvo Ocean Yacht Race

Yachts at the marina

MRL Safety were contracted by Worldsport International, on behalf of the Abu Dhabi Tourism and Culture Authority, to provide event health and safety services for the prestigious Ocean Yacht Race.

The Abu Dhabi stopover was the halfway point on the 2014/2015 Volvo Ocean Race; the Race Village is the hub of the event activity featuring large sponsor pavilions, concerts, the race marina and the venue for inshore racing. The event attracted over 175,000 visitors while it was open to the public and of course, was featured on television around the world.

MRL Safety project manager, Julian Bentley, was appointed to manage all event related health & safety issues, ranging from supervising and managing contractors on the build and de-rig, devising and implementing emergency and fire safety plans in conjunction with Abu Dhabi Police, assisting with design of the race village to ensure visitor flow and safety and supervising both the lifting from the water of over $100 million of racing yachts and the management of incoming yachts and other craft during the inshore racing and race starts and finishes.

MRL Safety worked closely with the Client (Volvo Ocean Race), Abu Dhabi Cultural Authority, Abu Dhabi Police and Civil Defence and of course, the race teams and sponsors, to ensure that the highest standards of public and worker safety were maintained. We generated a range of event safety documentation, which had to be submitted to and approved by, the Municipality and Police force of Abu Dhabi and audited contractor and sponsor documentation to ensure compliance.

In addition to managing the Race Village safety, MRL Safety also managed the safety on a number of contemporaneous concerts, held on a stage built into the seabed, specifically for the event. We worked closely with the stage supplier, show production and artiste production to ensure that this innovative design presented no more hazards than a normal venue stage and that the orchestras and other artists were able to load in and perform without any significant disruption to their usual routine.

MRL Safety also acted as event control for the public phases of the event, this meant liaising closely with the race centre and offshore safety teams to coordinate the arrival and departure of various craft, including race vessels and media and public sightseeing cruises with the delivery phasing of members of the public, race officials and other dignitaries.


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