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Free-fall lifeboats

Free-fall lifeboat systems for offshore professionals

Designed for rapid evacuation, our VIKING Norsafe free-fall lifeboats are extensively tested to ensure reliable performance in the harshest offshore conditions. Fast-boarding and robust, they enter the water well away from the mothership or platform - and with a world record free-fall performance of  up to 50 m approved drop height.

VIKING Norsafe GES-model free-fall lifeboats offer all the features of conventional lifeboats with the additional safety benefits listed below.

    Free-fall lifeboats

    Capacity*: 40 persons

    Dimensions (LxWxH):
    9.00 x 2.75 x 3.42 m

    Drop height: 25 m

    Capacity*: 48 persons

    Dimensions (LxWxH):
    10.50 x 2.85 x 3.45 m

    Drop height: 28 m

    Capacity*: 55 persons

    Dimensions (LxWxH):
    12.00 x 2.75 x 3.42 m

    Drop height: 26 m

    Capacity: 60 persons (100 kg per person)

    Dimensions (LxWxH):
    13.59 x 3.58 x 4.24 m

    Drop height: 40 m

    Capacity: 70 persons (100 kg per person)

    Dimensions (LxWxH):
    14.90 x 3.75 x 4.50 m

    Drop height: 47 m

    Capacity: 70 persons (100 kg per person)

    Dimensions (LxWxH):
    15.75 x 4.16 x 4.85 m

    Drop height: 50 m

    * Maximum capacity is based on SOLAS configuration (430 mm and 82.5 kg per person)

    Davits and hooks for free-fall lifeboats

    Key safety features of VIKING Norsafe free-fall lifeboats

    • Rapid evacuation time from muster point to water entry

    • Skid-launched free-fall alone (without engine power) will move the boat to a safe location, away from the platform or mothership

    • Simulated release systems to allow manned launch drill without free-fall launch

    • Reduced risk of equipment failure or malfunction during maintenance, testing or operation

    • Larger free-fall lifeboats are approved to 100 kg per person and beyond

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    Electric free-fall lifeboat


    Completely electrically powered free-fall lifeboat.
    Developed in co-operation with DNV-GL and NMA.

    Increased safety. Reduced costs.

    >> Learn more about E-GES