At 7:50 p.m. on Tuesday, September 3, Norsafe’s freefall lifeboat performed a drop from a height of 66.8 meters. This is a new world record for freefall lifeboats, and Norsafe has hereby taken back its record, which the company said has been in the company’s possession since 1999, with only two brief exceptions.
The new generation freefall lifeboat, GES52, fulfils the latest standards for life-saving appliances on the Norwegian continental shelf, and will be certified for heights of up to 51 meters. Norsafe GES52 (Gravity Escape System) is the second model in a series of three newly developed freefall lifeboats, all meeting the new DNV-OS-E406 regulations that take effect from 2015.
GES52is 52 feet long, has a capacity for at least 70 persons of 100kg. 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. Norsafeis the world leading provider of marine lifesaving systems, and has become known over its 110-year history for always setting safety and quality as its first priorities.