Norsafe awarded for best maritime safety product of 2013


The great annual ”Safety at Sea Awards” took place on board the famous English warship HMS Belfast in London. A record number of candidates were there to compete for the coveted trophies, and in the finale Norsafe was nominated for their newest free-fall lifeboat, GES50 MKIII. It was therefore a fantastic international recognition for Norsafe when the lifeboat was named the winner and the best maritime safety equipment of 2013.

Statements from the jury: ”The new free-fall lifeboat from Norsafe, GES50 MKIII, is one of the most advanced LSA equipment around, a real improvement to the lifeboat technology.” One judge added: ”If I had to abandon a ship in one of these boats, I would feel secure. A real life-saver.”

The product is an advanced-technology, fully enclosed free-fall lifeboat for evacuation from ships, rigs and offshore constructions. GES50 MKIII provides secure and protected means of escape for persons on board vessels or platforms. The boat is designed to maximise safety at sea and to save lives when an emergency evacuation is necessary.

Last year Norsafe conducted the extreme free-fall test with the newly developed free-fall lifeboat. It was tested from a drop height of 61.53m and has been certified for heights up to 47m. The GES50 MKIII is designed and manufactured according to the latest DNV-OS-E406 and SOLAS requirements. Its cutting edge technology has been well received globally and deliveries of more than 100 boats are being made to all continents, as the new standards increasingly are adopted worldwide. The GES50 MKIII is the first model in a series of three newly developed Norsafe free-fall lifeboats that comply with these new regulations.

The boat is 50ft (14,9m) long and has a capacity for 70 persons of 100kg each. It is constructed with fire-resistant GRP (Glass fibre Reinforced Polyester). The materials used in the lamination of the polyester, the components of the release hook and lifting pad eyes, the polyurethane buoyancy foam-filled space between the hull and the hull liner, and deck and deck liner are all IACS approved.

The GES50 MKIII design and construction allows reliable low-maintenance standby and operation. The boat is designed for skid launch, and Norsafe has designed and built a complete new davit (SW50) for the boat. The new SW50 davit is a safe and easy operation davit, designed for minimum weight and maximum strength. Together, the new lifeboat and davit is rated as the safest lifeboat system in the world. Its solidity and strength of design provide safety and security at sea.

Source from : Norsafe