Norsafe Enters the Cruise and Passenger Ferry Market

By Curious

Norsafe has recently developed a modern, Partially Enclosed Lifeboat (PELB) providing a secure and protected means of escape for persons on-board passenger vessels. The SOLAS compliant Minima 88 is a compact 8.8m long boat with a width of 4.25m for 150 persons.

Norsafe Enters the Cruise and Passenger Ferry Market

With its signal coloured canopy, white hull and cool 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 towards 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 manoeuvrability and increased bollard pull.

Caption: Norsafe Minima 88 lifeboat in LHD-200 davit - Image courtesy of Norsafe

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.

Source: Norsafe