Viking to Acquire Free-Fall Lifeboat Maker Norsafe

Danish maritime safety equipment company VIKING Life-Saving Equipment announced today it has acquired Norwegian lifeboat-builder Norsafe.  Established in 1903, Norsafe produces a full range of free-fall lifeboats and fast rescue boats with davits and have supplied over 28,000 lifeboats to the global ship market over the years. Its advanced lifeboat products are … [Read more...]

Norsafe ‘Concerned’ by Spate Lifeboat Drill Accidents

Norway-based Norsafe, a leading manufacturer of marine life-saving equipment for the commercial and offshore market, says it is concerned about the recent spate of lifeboat drill accidents that have resulted in serious injury to crew members and even death in some cases. A report released in April 2016 by the Seafarers International Research Centre found that tight vessel … [Read more...]

WATCH: Manned Free Fall Lifeboat World Record Drop – 40 Meters Up!

  Norwegian free fall lifeboat manufacturer Norsafe has set a new world record for the highest staffed free fall lifeboat drop. The new record was set June 25 when the 70 passenger GES50 MKIII lifeboat was dropped from a stomach-churning height of 40 meters (131 feet) with 10 persons on board. According to Norsafe there has never before been a staffed lifeboat … [Read more...]

Unintentional Release of Freefall Lifeboat – ATSB Final Report

  An improperly reset hook was to blame for the unintentional release of a freefall lifeboat from a bulk carrier in the Indian Ocean in 2014, the Australian Transport Safety Bureau has determined. The Malta-flagged MV Aquarosa was transiting the Indian Ocean en route to Fremantle, Western Australia on March 1, 2014 when its freefall lifeboat was inadvertently … [Read more...]

Watch: Freefall Lifeboat Drop Test… The Correct Way

We recently saw the wrong way to conduct a lifeboat drop test, now here's a look at the correct way. The freefall test was performed using a Harding freefall lifeboat at Statoil's Oseberg Sør offshore oil platform in the North Sea, with Atlantic Offshore's MV Ocean Response on standby. The Oseberg Sør platform is located in Block 30/9 of the Oseberg Sør field west of … [Read more...]