Boats and davits
Full scale onshore testing of free-fall lifeboats and davits
VIKING Norsafe uses a test tower facility to perform onshore full scale testing of free-fall lifeboats, as required by DNVGL-ST-E406. This avoids the complexity and risk of testing from offshore installations. And the approach is recognised by classification societies and national authorities.
Onshore testing without disruption to offshore activities
The onshore tower facility is increasingly engaged by construction yards who wish to receive fully tested equipment, ready to be installed on the platform or vessel.
To avoid disruption to offshore activities, an extra boat can be supplied and used in place of the existing boats, while they are brought onshore for full scale testing by VIKING Norsafe. Regulators are also insisting that the periodic free-fall testing is completed, so there is a trend for operators to use "rotation boats".
VIKING Norsafe test tower facilities
Drop test of free-fall lifeboat from VIKING Norsafe test tower
All seats are 100 % loaded and verified for drop test
Watch onshore drop test of free-fall lifeboat
Onshore load testing of cantilever davits
The onshore test facilities are also equipped to test davit systems.
VIKING Norsafe is able to fully test cantilever davit systems to NORSOK R-002 requirements, allowing straightforward installation afterward.
Onshore load testing of R-002 cantilever davit
Offshore Standard DNV-OS-E406
April 2010 - Section 9-D. Full Scale Acceptance Testing
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