This is a new world record for free-fall lifeboats, and Norsafe has hereby taken back its record, which has been in the company’s possession since 1999, with only two brief exceptions. The new generation free-fall lifeboat, GES52, fulfils the latest standards for life-saving appliances on the Norwegian continental shelf, and will be certified for heights of up to 51 metres! Norsafe GES52 (Gravity Escape System) is the second model in a series of three newly developed free-fall lifeboats, all meeting the new DNV-OS-E406 regulations that take effect from 2015.
GES52 is 52 feet long, has a capacity for at least 70 persons of 100kg. The boat’s design has undergone extensive testing that has shown its good characteristics, offering the best possible conditions for a safe evacuation in an emergency situation. Norsafe is the world leading provider of marine life-saving systems, and has become known over its 110-year history for always setting safety and quality as its first priorities.
Norsafe Group has its headquarters in Arendal, Norway and counts over 1000 employees. The company has a worldwide involvement that includes production, sales, delivery and service of lifesaving equipment for ships and to the offshore industry. Norsafe has its own production and sales/service companies in Norway, China, Greece, Mexico, Singapore, South Korea, Australia, USA, Japan, Brazil and the Netherlands. In addition, Norsafe Group has a network of 45 authorised service partners spread across all continents. Norsafe Academy offers courses and training, STCW95/OLF & OPITO, and is currently expanding its network. Norsafe is continually growing, and new daughter companies and service stations are being planned/developed.