Lifeboats and rescue boats for cruise and ferry

Under the VIKING Norsafe brand, we bring the cruise and ferry industry a strong selection of lifeboats, tender boats, rescue boats and davits.

As long-standing leader in advanced lifeboats for the offshore industry, we have applied our knowhow and technology from demanding offshore applications, to develop cutting-edge lifeboat and rescue boat solutions for passenger vessels of any type.

Lifeboat technology second to none

Our in-house manufactured boats and davits meet and exceed international maritime standards for and define performance and safety expectations for crew. VIKING’s unique service network also provides authorized, OEM-grade support for other boat and davit brands, drawing on a century of expertise, high quality craftsmanship and meticulous testing for all sea conditions.

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Meet Minima - better by design

A true highlight of and the latest innovation in our cruise and ferry lifeboat range is the VIKING Norsafe Minima 88 - a sleek and efficient partially enclosed lifeboat (PELB) designed and manufactured according to the latest SOLAS and national authority requirements.

The Minima is a great choice for several types of passenger vessels and not least for expedition cruise ships. Special attention has been paid to seating, height and 360-degree visibility for safe embarkation and operation.

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VIKING Norsafe boats are proven in use and have been used in several emergency evacuations - many hold world records for performance.

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A reputation for high performance

Whether in use for SAR operations, towing liferafts to safety, or any other job - a true workhorse of any boats and davits setup is the rescue boat. VIKING Norsafe high-performance rescue boats are used every day by thousands of operators in offshore, marine, cruise and ferry as well as defence and professional applications.

The design and construction of these boats showcase our best engineering ability and experience. Our rescue boats and fast rescue boats provide excellent maneuverability with low maintenance standby and operation, providing the means for effective search and recovery for people at sea. Our latest models such as the E-Mako 655 even feature fully electric propulsion.

Lifeboat service

Lifeboat service

We control the entire lifeboat service value chain, from booking and inspection to execution spares, documentation and training. This way, our services for lifeboats, rescue boats and davits of any make and type, make compliance simpler and more streamlined.

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Lifeboats on subscription

With a VIKING Shipowner Agreement, you can trust the experts to manage, streamline and simplify all aspects of onboard safety and compliance.

Add lifeboats to your Shipowner Agreement and experience how fixed service prices in 100+ ports, OEM-grade multi-brand service efficiency and a host of other benefits make a difference to your operations-

Bring us on board early when building a new vessel

Among the many design and maintenance decisions required during any newbuilding project, lifeboat, rescue boat and evacuation system choices for a new cruise ship or ferry are best made early. Regulations, storage on board, deployment and maintenance all demand attention, while savings that look attractive in the short term can quickly backfire when operational realities take over.

Early consultation with VIKING Norsafe boats and davits experts helps you forestall challenges cost effectively, bringing you peace of mind from the outset of your vessel project.


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Request advanced documentation

Bring our experts on board at or even before the design stage to maximize the total cost of ownership of your evacuation setup.

Submit this form to request advanced documentation for your new vessel design or to get free safety advice for your specific project.