HATECKE Lifeboat Earns RINA Type Approval
As cruise ships become bigger and their passenger capacity increases, innovation spreads throughout the industry through top level safety. HATECKE, a manufacturer of lifeboats for cruise ship newbuildings, has just received from RINA, the classification, certification, inspection, testing and consulting multinational, the Type Approval Certificate for its PEL14 lifeboat, the biggest and most space saving lifeboat ever built.
Designed and built by HATECKE at the company’s yard in Drochtersen about 60 km west of Hamburg (Germany), the PEL14 responds to needs of the newest cruise ships with its 462-passenger capacity, more than three times the limit currently adopted by the market average.
This certification is granted to a product that meets a set of regulatory, technical and safety requirements. The design, the drawing appraisal and prototype test performance have been approved and/or witnessed by RINA.
The approval to HATECKE’s lifeboat has been granted using the regulatory framework of the Alternative Design Assessment of SOLAS (International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea), instead of the prescriptive requirements. The advanced solutions meet and even exceed the functional requirements set out in the rule, the lifeboat designed by Hatecke has innovative features: the bright double deck lifeboat provides a habitable and well-conditioned environment for all seats on board. With its redundant propulsion and safety systems, this lifeboat defines a new standard of lifesaving in the cruise industry. Thanks to the three entry points the lifeboat can be fully boarded in the record time of less than 3 minutes.