Survitec’s large inflatable lifeboat is now ready to be installed on cruise ships after having received full type approval certification from classification society Lloyd’s Register.
Certification follows the successful the completion of heavy weather sea trials (HWST) in December. All environmental and physical testing was concluded in April as defined by Lloyd’s Register Type Approval. Survitec said the design is unique in that it is the first lifeboat to have completed an exhaustive reliability testing programme that exceeds the mandatory testing requirements set out by SOLAS. The 1,060- capacity inflatable lifeboat solution takes all the safety features associated with a conventional lifeboat and MES arrangement. Survitec said that, with the compact design and higher evacuation capability, up to 85 per cent of cruise ship deck space is freed up.
Richard McCormick, Survitec Product Manager AES and MES, describes Seahaven as “providing a totally different outlook on evacuation at sea”.
“With Seahaven, we have taken all the safety features, testing and type approval processes associated with lifeboats and MES to solve the challenge of being able to evacuate growing numbers of passengers quickly, safely and comfortably,” McCormick said.
Seahaven launches with the push of a button and automatically inflates, taking just four minutes to deploy. The slide-based Survival Technology solution has improved passenger evacuation time without compromising on safety. Once deployed, the inflatable lifeboat can travel independently for 24 hours at a speed of six knots, the company said, in a press release on 25 April 2022