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Hooks

Safest hooks your crew can trust

Reliable lifeboat hooks are important for ensuring that your lifeboat won't launch before you're good and ready. Fear of hook failures has often held crews back from performing necessary drills, and the reputation of lifeboats and rescue craft as a reliable safety measure has suffered.

But with the right hook design, you and your crew don't have to worry.

Choose the world's safest hooks

VIKING offers the world's safest hooks designed and manufactured in-house: VIKING Nadiro Drop-In-BallTM hook system and VIKING Norsafe TOR MK2 and K4-D. You choose which suits your lifeboat system best.

All hook designs fit our lifeboats and most other brands - so you can rest easy that your lifeboat systems will be deployed safely.

    VIKING Nadiro



    VIKING Nadiro Drop-In-BallTM hook system

    Our unique, patented VIKING Nadiro Drop-In-BallTM hook system delivers safer operation, ensuring that no lifeboat can be unintentionally released high above sea level.


    Key features

    • Unique, intuitive re-hooking with safe and easy click-in system
      • Requires minimal crew and time to operate
      • Simplifies crew training
      • Light on procurement, installation, and service costs

    • SOLAS approved off load hook with onload capability

    • Compliant with IMO regulations Res. MSC.320 (89) and LSA Code

    • Gravitational forces keep hook closed - hydraulic powered release and back-up release mechanism ensures reliability

    • Few moving parts and no hidden components for efficient servicing

    • Range of standardized hooks covers lifeboat capabilities up to 150 people

    • Available as single hook and double fall hook system

    • Can be fitted or retrofitted on almost all makes of lifeboats, rescue boats and fast recue boats

    • Designed and manufactured at VIKING Norsafe facilities




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    VIKING Nadiro Drop-In-BallTM hook system

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    ​​​​​​​VIKING Norsafe TOR MK2 on-load release hook

    The TOR MK2 is based on a design that has been the industry standard for 30 years. Specifically set up for ease of use,  the TOR MK2 hook system has been evaluated in line with recent LSA codes, including IMO Res. MSC.320 (89) and MSC.321 (39).

    A complete product range is suitable for all sizes of conventional lifeboats.


    Key features

    • Duplex manufactured with maintenance-free bearings:
      • Not sensitive to wear and tear
      • No critical tolerances

    • Only visual inspection by crew is required

    • Successfully tested against premature release
      • Extensive design and testing process in cooperation with leading oil and gas operators to ensure reliability, simplicity and durability.

    • Passive system where cables and connections are not under tension when not in use, cables operate on a push basis - keeping the hook secure in case of failure

    • Intuitive operation instructions with graphic representation of operation stages

    • Compatible with all VIKING Norsafe lifeboats

    • Designed and manufactured at VIKING Norsafe facilities

    • Zero-accident record




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    VIKING Norsafe TOR MK2 on-load release hook

    Hook typeSafe working load
    TOR MK2 3.36T 3.36 tonnes
    TOR MK2 5T5 tonnes
    TOR MK2 8T8 tonnes
    TOR MK2 14T14 tonnes
    TOR MK2-S 3.36T                                3.36 tonnes
    TOR MK2-S 6T6.00 tonnes
    TOR MK2-S 9T9.00 tonnes
    TOR MK2-S 12T12.00 tonnes


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    ​​​​​​​VIKING Norsafe K4-D off-load release hook

    The K4-D and K4-D-FM hooks are designed for single fall lifting. Normally installed on the center console of a rescue boat, they can be installed either as a flat mount solution together with an adaptor plate or without the adaptor plate, fitting into existing lifting foundations.

    The VIKING Norsafe K4-D and K4-D-FM hooks are designed and manufactured in-house at our VIKING Norsafe facilities ensuring high quality and safety.


    Key features

    • Designed for ease of use, they can only be opened when there is no load on the fall wire

    • Successfully tested and approved by DNV GL according to MSC.81 (70) as amended

    • Not sensitive to wear and tear

    • No critical tolerances

    • Made of duplex stainless steel

    • Only visual inspection is required by crew

    • Compatible with all VIKING Norsafe rescue boats

    • Designed and manufactured at VIKING Norsafe facilities




    VIKING Norsafe K4-D
    VIKING Norsafe K4-D off-load release hook

    VIKING Norsafe K4-D off-load release hook

    Hook typeSafe working load
    TOR K4-D              4 tonnes
    TOR K4-D FM                                      4 tonnes


    Building a new vessel or platform?

    When making boat, davit and hook choices for newbuildings, there are plenty of design and maintenance strategy decisions to make – as well as regulations to be aware of. And short-term savings in the first phase can quickly evaporate as operational realities take over.

    VIKING offers unbeatable safety and convenience with a well-deserved reputation for solving the challenges our customers face. Choose the world’s best boats, davits and hooks – we’ll take care of the rest.

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