Safety solutions provider, Survitec is to demonstrate its evacuation Super Slide at Seatrade Cruise Global in Fort Lauderdale in March, a US first for the company.
The SurvitecZodiac slide will be fitted from the third level of the exhibition centre to the second level, allowing attendees the opportunity to experience the slide in operation.
The marine evacuation slide has twin tracks, allowing for rapid departure and is able to clear 750 people in 30 mins. It is suitable for all persons – including children and those with impaired mobility – and affords the reassurance of allowing groups to descend together in full view of each other, Survitec said.
It is designed for vessels with freeboard heights of between 3.8 m and 12.5 m and has a small deck footprint. It is claimed to be simple and quick to install (and re-install after service) and can be retrofitted to existing vessels.
Survitec will also be exhibiting other products at the event, including liferafts, life jackets and other safety products, the company said.
This year’s event takes place at the Fort Lauderdale/Broward County Convention Center from 6th to 8th March.
Mark Baines, Survitec’s Global Vice President Cruise, said: “Evacuation slides are very much a safety product of last resort, so they are rarely called into action. While we hope that passengers never have the need to use one, cruise operators have to prepare for every eventuality so need to have all their safety bases covered.
“The opportunity to see the SurvitecZodiac Super Slide fully deployed and available to test is rarely offered, so we hope as many Seatrade attendees as possible come along to our stand to give it a go.
“The sheer scale of the slide is impressive enough when deployed at sea, but within the confines of a convention centre will be even more visually arresting,” he said.