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Free-fall lifeboat and davit systems

Designed for rapid evacuation from fixed and floating offshore assets, VIKING Norsafe free-fall lifeboats are extensively tested to ensure reliable performance in the harshest conditions. Fast-boarding and robust, they enter the water well away from the evacuation point - 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.

VIKING Norsafe free-fall davits provide rapid evacuation using a skid launch - guaranteeing that lifeboats enter the water well away from the offshore installation. And the hydraulic winch systems streamline lifeboat launch and recovery.

The free-fall davits are manufactured in-house at VIKING Norsafe facilities and designed to suit the full range of our VIKING Norsafe free-fall lifeboats. Take a closer look at the range and don't hesitate to contact us, if you have any questions.

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

Key features of VIKING Norsafe free-fall davits

  • Uniquely designed to meet existing interface with optimised structures reducing weight impact on the host installation or ship.
  • Typically designed to meet SOLAS and NORSOK requirements
  • Alternatives for ATEX or IEC EX specifications for operation in hazardous zones
  • Designed for safe maintenance and operation in offshore and marine working environments
  • Special solutions available for extreme high or low temperatures
  • Project-specific solutions for retrofit
  • Designed and manufactured at VIKING Norsafe facilities