Sunday, August 11, 2019
Maritime News

Carr: Lifeboat Training

By CW4 Michael Carr – We huddled behind the ship’s superstructure, momentarily escaping wind, rain and snow flurries. Soon, though, we would need to leave this protection, and move to...

August 11, 2019
Total Views: 90

Thursday, September 14, 2017
Press Releases

Transas survival craft simulator eliminates drill risks

Transas has introduced a new Survival Craft Simulator (SCS) to prepare crew for the multitude of possible scenarios that can occur during lifeboat drills, aiming to address one of the...

September 14, 2017
Total Views: 41

Sunday, June 18, 2017
Diesel Outboard Engines

USCG Tests Using Diesel Outboards On Fast Rescue Boats

Gasoline is the dominant fuel source for Fast Rescue Boats aboard merchant ships but it is difficult to obtain, dangerous to store and has a limited shelf life aboard ship. Diesel fuel has...

June 18, 2017
Total Views: 111

Friday, October 21, 2016
Maritime News

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...

October 21, 2016
Total Views: 34

Thursday, August 6, 2015

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...

August 6, 2015
Total Views: 495

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Sailor Killed, Two Others Injured in Apparent Lifeboat Accident Off Germany

One sailor was killed and two others were seriously injured Friday in an apparent lifeboat accident while off the coast of Germany near the Elbe River.

November 22, 2014
Total Views: 80

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Throwback Thursday Video – Escape Chute Testing in South Korea

With all the hooplah surrounding freefall lifeboats this week, I thought this video showing the test of a Viking escape chute system at a shipyard in South Korea would make for a good throwback Thursday video.

October 2, 2014
Total Views: 32

Wednesday, October 1, 2014
Maritime News

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...

October 1, 2014
Total Views: 15

Monday, September 29, 2014

WATCH: Lifeboat Launch FAIL Leads to Perfect Front Flip

Unfortunately we don't have any info about this video whatsoever except that we can see it was filmed onboard a Chinese-flagged ship and, yes, it actually does look like someone went along for the ride.

September 29, 2014
Total Views: 163

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Crewmember Injured In Freefall Lifeboat Accident – Incident Report

A British crewmember of a Maltese-flagged geared bulk carrier was seriously injured earlier this month after the ship’s freefall lifeboat was unintentionally released with the man inside, according to an...

April 1, 2014
Total Views: 85

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Lifeboat Free-Fall Video Compilation

One of the many tasks that are required by ship’s crew on a periodic basis is to test the free-falling lifeboat. Or, in the case of the builders of such...

March 5, 2014
Total Views: 43

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Viking Launches New Mass Evacuation System for Large Cruise Ships

VIKING new VIKING LifeCraftâ„¢ system is said to combine all the advantages of modern lifeboats - such as self-propelled maneuverability - with the flexibility, comfort and smaller footprint of today's liferafts. Here's how it works:

November 5, 2013
Total Views: 45

Thursday, October 31, 2013
KNRM - Koninklijke Nederlandse Redding Maatschappij lifeboat damen nh1816

Dutch Naval Architects and Sea Rescue Professionals Unveil Next-Generation Fast Rescue Lifeboat

Building on lessons learned from many years of designing fast maritime craft, Damen Shipyards, Delft Technical University and De Vries Lentsch Yacht Designers and Naval Architects have teamed up to design...

October 31, 2013
Total Views: 199

Monday, September 23, 2013

Norsafe Reclaims World Record for Tallest Freefall Lifeboat Drop [VIDEO]

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!

September 23, 2013
Total Views: 51

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Private Equity Firm Acquires Schat-Harding and Noreq to Create World’s Largest Supplier of Maritime Life-Saving Equipment

Norway's leading private equity fund has entered into agreements to acquire Umoe Schat-Harding AS and Noreq AS, creating the world's leading supplier of maritime life-saving equipment.

June 11, 2013
Total Views: 283

Monday, February 11, 2013

Thomson Majesty Accident – Five Crew Killed During Lifeboat Drill on Cruise Ship [UPDATE 3]

Update 3: We spoke with a lifeboat industry insider today about the specifics of the lifeboat system that ultimately killed 5 sailors. Preliminary investigations are pointing to a failure of the lifeboat...

February 11, 2013
Total Views: 449

Wednesday, February 6, 2013
Grounding Incidents

Lifeboat Washes Ashore in Australia After Two Years at Sea

A 29-person lifeboat belonging to the late MS Olivia bulk carrier has washed ashore in southern Australian, nearly 2 years – and about 5,000 miles – after the vessel wrecked...

February 6, 2013
Total Views: 39

Monday, August 13, 2012

WATCH: Freefall Lifeboat Set World Record Drop

You may survive, but there’s a good chance you’ll need a new pair of drawers. The folks at Schat-Harding have recently set a new freefall lifeboat world record with its...

August 13, 2012
Total Views: 337

Tuesday, April 3, 2012
Lifesaving Incidents

Maersk Orders Halt To Man Overboard Drills

According to Danish media, Maersk has ordered a halt to all man overboard (MOB) drills aboard their container ships following news of a fatality aboard the 93,496 GRT ship Anna...

April 3, 2012
Total Views: 2

Saturday, January 7, 2012
arktos iceboat - tracked arctic lifeboat

ARKTOS – A Tank Of A Lifeboat

On 24 October 1915, just three years after the Titanic sunk after hitting an iceberg, Ernest Shackleton found himself trapped in an Antarctic ice flow and gave the order to...

January 7, 2012
Total Views: 42