Norsafe enters passenger vessel market with new lifeboat


(ARENDAL, Norway) — Norsafe has recently developed a modern partially enclosed lifeboat (PELB) providing a secure and protected means of escape for people on board passenger vessels. The SOLAS-compliant Minima 88 is a compact 29-foot long boat with a width of 12 feet for 150 people.

With its signal colored canopy, white hull and streamlined exterior, this fresh design brings some exciting new features. A spacious cockpit in the middle of the boat provides excellent visibility during embarkation, with a good view for the helmsman. The forward visibility is excellent and a roof hatch in the cockpit provides vertical visibility toward the davits during launching/retrieval.

The large side doors aid the fast and efficient embarkation of the crew. Seats are arranged on two levels and a mechanical steering nozzle offers optimum maneuverability and increased bollard pull.

Norsafe has received an order from Xiamen Shipyard in China for a Finland-based operator, Viking Line, for six Minima-88 lifeboats with compatible LHD-200 davits. This new build ferry is due to come into service in 2021 on routes across the Baltic Sea between Turku, Finland and Stockholm, Sweden.

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By Professional Mariner Staff