The world’s leading
lifeboat and davit manufacturer Schat-Harding has set a new freefall lifeboat
record with its new generation FF1200 boat. The boat was successfully dropped
from a freefall height of 60 metres. The world record drop was conducted as
part of the certification tests of the boat.
“The FF1200 managed
this height in an excellent way,” says Geir Arne Veglo, CEO of Umoe
Schat-Harding Equipment AS. “The FF1200
entered the water cleanly and made excellent headway.”
The boat was loaded
with seven tonnes to simulate the full capacity of 70 100kg people. As part of the test, the engine was started
immediately and was left running for four hours along with different
The FF1200 is the only
lifeboat that has completed the full-scale tests set by the new requirements
for freefall lifeboats on the Norwegian Continental Shelf, DNV-OS-E406
standard. After the freefall test this
week, the FF1200 is now the highest certified freefall lifeboat.
Thee ability to drop
safely from greater heights is required as offshore installations get larger.
The FF1200 was designed for that purpose and to meet stringent new standards
for performance in heavy seas which will facilitate the evacuation of rigs and
installations in the Norwegian North Sea.
“This lifeboat has been
well received in the market.
Schat-Harding has already secured orders for 47 systems and is now
receiving more requests for new projects.
We have exciting times ahead as the Norwegian and global offshore
markets develop,” says Veglo.
The FF1200 boat can
carry 70 persons secured in special seats with 5 point harnesses. After
dropping into the water the boat momentum carries it clear of the rig, after
which a high power 280 hp engine speeds the boat clear of the rig.
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