Free-Fall-Lifeboat System

Harding has been awarded contracts for nine FF1200 free-fall-lifeboat systems complete with davits on the Heerema Offshore Services semisubmersible crane vessel Sleipnir. The vessels will be built by Sembcorp Marine at its flagship Tuas Boulevard Yard in Singapore. The FF1200 is a 70-person free-fall lifeboat designed to Det Norske Veritas OS E-406 standards, the most stringent in the industry, exceeding Safety of Life at Sea rules for free-fall lifeboats. The boats will be perfectly matched with their LA1200H and LA1200HO skid-launch davits especially designed for the FF1200. The FF1200 features superior space and comfort based on 100-kg/person estimates. Seats with five-point seat belts provide safety and comfort, while the FF1200’s structural design gives the lifeboat maximum strength. In May of 2013, the FF1200S set a world record when it was successfully launched from 65 m. The lifeboat also exhibits significant positive headway and minimum accelerations (g-forces) in extreme conditions and makes use of a high-powered engine.

Harding’s FF1200 free-fall lifeboat.


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