Norsafe has recently developed a partially enclosed lifeboat (PELB) providing what is claimed to be a secure and protected means of escape for persons on board passenger vessels.
The SOLAS compliant Minima 88 is a compact 8.8 m long boat with a width of 4.25 m and has been designed for 150 persons.
With its signal coloured canopy, white hull and streamlined exterior, this fresh design brings some 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 towards the davits during launching/retrieval, Norsafe said.
The large side doors aid the fast and efficient embarkation. Seats are arranged on two levels and a mechanical steering nozzle offers optimum manoeuvrability and increased bollard pull.
Norsafe has received an order from Xiamen Shipyard in China for a Finnish-based operator, Viking Line, for six Minima-88 lifeboats with compatible LHD-200 davits. This newbuilding ferry is due to come into service in 2021 between Turku, Finland and Stockholm, Sweden.