Norway-based Norsafe, a leading supplier of marine safety equipment, is happy to announce that it has reclaimed the world record for highest freefall lifeboat drop… and it is HIGH!

Norsafe says that on September 3, 2013 its new generation GES52 free-fall lifeboat performed a successful drop from a stomach-churning height of 66.8 meters, or about 220 feet. The drop helped Norsafe reclaim the coveted drop record from Schat-Harding’s FF1200 boat, which held the record for nearly a year at 60 meters, or 197 feet. Norsafe claims the height record has been in the company’s possession since 1999, with only other brief exception.

The GES52 boat, short for Gravity Escape System, measures 52 feet long and has a capacity for at least 70 persons each weighing 220 lbs. Norsafe says that the boat’s design has undergone extensive testing that has shown its good characteristics, offering the best possible conditions for a safe evacuation in an emergency situation.

The GES52 is the second model in a series of three newly developed free-fall lifeboats, all meeting the new DNV-OS-E406 regulations that take effect from 2015.

GES52 in the crane at 66.8m above sea level. Image courtesy Norsafe

GES52 in the crane at 66.8m above sea level. Image courtesy Norsafe

GES52 coming up out of the water. Image courtesy Norsafe

GES52 coming up out of the water. Image courtesy Norsafe

 

Image courtesy Norsafe

Image courtesy Norsafe

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  • Doug Pine

    Aw man, a view from the boat would have been nice.

  • Roland

    Nobody aboard for this test, right? What kind of G-load would you get from a fall at that height? Or is this just a fancy way to recover the bodies?

    • TR

      Probably the whole point of the test is to measure the G-loads inside the vessel and keep them at acceptable levels. Otherwise you could just drop the boat from an airplane to concrete…

      I guess the G-loads are in the same range as in any other free-fall lifeboat.

  • http://www.aqleemmaritime.com cpt.amir asghar akhtar

    what result comes out.good for passenger ships.shown capable for 70 persons

  • OMBugge

    Uglen still have a few more meters to offer, without installing Jib #2. Watch for the next “world record”.

    For the records, there is NO plans to install life boats at over 60 m. height. This just a test of the boat and presumably the g-forces, both the acceleration during the release and fall and the de-acceleration at impact.
    As is well know; “falling is not dangerous, it’s that sudden stop at the end that kills you”.

    • TR

      The acceleration during the release and fall are probably quite close to 9.81 m/s^2 ;)

  • Anders Norsman

    This would be a great ride in a amusement park. probley scarier than a roller coaster

  • Capncraigagain

    Bungie jumping on my mind. Yeah, I’d like to see the G-force test results posted, as well as some interior pictures.

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