Austal chooses Survitec for new Fast Ferries

press release
Thursday, January 05, 2012
Survitec Zodiac Small Inflatable Slides (SIS)

Austal Ships has selected Survitec Zodiac escape slides for the Perle Express and the Liberty vessels.

 

Both are newly constructed 47m fast ferries and were completed at the Austal yard in Henderson, Western Austalia. Perle Express and Liberty entered service in October with their owner L’Express des Iles and are in use on routes between Guadeloupe, Les Saintes, Marie Galante, Dominique, Martinique and St Lucia. 
 

Four Survitec Zodiac Small Inflatable Slides (SIS), developed specifically for fast ferries with low freeboard have been installed on the Liberty, a 47-metre ferry capable of carrying 437 passengers and ten vehicles at speeds of more than 32 knots. The 3.2-metre long SIS provides passengers with rapid access to the four open reversible 151-person liferafts that accompany them. The Perle Express at 47 metres can carry 364 passengers at 32 knots and has also been fitted with three SIS from the Survitec Zodiac range and three 151-person and one 100-person liferaft. 
 

The new escape systems were chosen by L’Express des Iles following the successful use of Zodiac slides aboard other Austal-built vessels in the company’s fleet; the Gold Express and the Silver Express. The slides meet the owner’s requirement to be able to rapidly and safely evacuate passengers and this was demonstrated when the system was given its certification trials in the presence of Bureau Veritas inspectors in early July. 
 

The trials were conducted with 150 people adopting the roles of ferry passengers when the slides and their liferafts on the port side of the ferry were deployed. The benefits of using escape slides to evacuate a vessel with comparatively low freeboard became apparent when it was shown that the last person entered the liferaft just eight minutes and 32 seconds after the abandon ship announcement had been made and the slides deployed.
 

Survitec Zodiac is a leading manufacturer of liferafts, escape slides and rescue boats which it manufactures at its factory at Chevanceaux in France. It is a leading innovator in rescue system technology and recently introduced the world’s first automatic escape slide. This is designed for use on vessels with small crews and can be activated by a button on the bridge when it is inflated and made ready for passenger evacuation without any crew input.
 

Maritime Today


The Maritime Industry's original and most viewed E-News Service

Maritime Reporter February 2016 Digital Edition
FREE Maritime Reporter Subscription
Latest Maritime News    rss feeds

People & Company News

SunEdison Restrained from 'Unusual' Asset Transfers

Solar company SunEdison Inc said a U.S. court has restrained the company from making any unusual asset transfers until a hearing in a lawsuit brought on by investors

Maersk to Scrap Ships at India's Alang Beaches, NGO Dismayed

Maersk Line said on Friday it had chosen four shipbreaking yards along India's Alang beaches to handle an increase in vessels that need to be scrapped, to the dismay

Teknotherm Marine Moves HVAC Arm to Bergen

Maritime heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) firm Teknotherm Marine has established a new subsidiary is established with the name Teknotherm Marine HVAC AS.

Passenger Vessels

Interior Facelift for Queen Mary 2

Cunard’s luxurious flagship, the iconic 2,620 passenger ocean liner Queen Mary 2, will undergo an interior refit at the hands of McCue Marine during a 25-day multimillion-pound

USCG to Inspect Storm-damaged Anthem of the Seas

The storm-damaged Royal Caribbean cruise ship Anthem of the Seas is scheduled to return to New York Harbor Wednesday evening where it will be met by a team of inspectors from U.

Royal Caribbean Ship Thrashed by Storm Returns on Wednesday

A Royal Caribbean cruise ship forced to turn back early after being battered by an Atlantic storm was expected to return to its New Jersey port at 9 p.m. on Wednesday (0200 GMT Thursday),

Maritime Safety

N.E. Fishermen Warned of Extreme Cold, Wind Chills

The Coast Guard is urging the Massachusetts and Rhode Island fishing fleet to take caution heading into the weekend when life threatening temperatures and wind chills are forecasted.

Maersk to Scrap Ships at India's Alang Beaches, NGO Dismayed

Maersk Line said on Friday it had chosen four shipbreaking yards along India's Alang beaches to handle an increase in vessels that need to be scrapped, to the dismay

Video: Catapult Testing on Aircraft Carrier Abraham Lincoln

U.S. shipbuilder Huntington Ingalls Industries’ (HII) Newport News Shipbuilding division has begun testing the updated catapult systems aboard the U.S. Navy aircraft

Ferries

BMT Provides Ferry Design for River Murray

BMT Design & Technology Pty Ltd (BMT), a subsidiary of BMT Group Ltd, has completed a design project for the South Australian Government’s Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure (DPTI).

Meyer Turku Lays Keel of Tallink’s LNG Ferry

The keel of the Tallink’s new LNG-powered fast ferry Megastar was laid at the Meyer Turku shipyard   The hull assembly of Tallink’s new fast ferry Megastar started

PVA Elects 2016 Leadership

During the PVA Annual Convention at MariTrends 2016 held January 23-26 in Crystal City, Va., members of the Passenger Vessel Association (PVA) elected Margo Marks of Beaver Island Boat Company,

 
 
Maritime Careers / Shipboard Positions Maritime Contracts Naval Architecture Navigation Offshore Oil Pipelines Pod Propulsion Salvage Ship Repair Sonar
rss | archive | history | articles | privacy | contributors | top maritime news | about us | copyright | maritime magazines
maritime security news | shipbuilding news | maritime industry | shipping news | maritime reporting | workboats news | ship design | maritime business

Time taken: 0.1526 sec (7 req/sec)