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.
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.
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.