It was an unusual record that led the “Berufsgenossenschaft” institution for statutory accident insurance and prevention in the maritime industries to congratulate Norsafe. The Norwegian company’s GES 50 MK II lifeboat passed the highest ever freefall test for a lifeboat. It underwent thorough testing in various conditions in freefall from various heights. In June 2008, it was successfully dropped from a height of 52 m – a height from which no lifeboat had previously passed a freefall test.
This type of boat is primarily used on drilling rigs, which can protrude far out of the water. During development, the focus was on safety (e.g. more space for each passenger, improved safety belts and internal air conditions) as well as on reducing the acceleration forces during freefall.
Following successful testing, the testing and certification body of the “Berufsgenossenschaft” for the maritime industries certified the lifeboat’s compliance with the safety requirements specified in the Marine Equipment Directive 96/98/EC.
The testing and certification body of the “Berufsgenossenschaft” for the maritime industries (“See-Berufsgenossenschaft”) is one of the 18 testing and certification bodies in the BG-PRÜFZERT network. It tests and certifies marine equipment. Only products that comply with the European Marine Equipment Directive are allowed to be placed on the market. Since 1998, it has issued well over 3,000 certificates for products and quality management systems.
A special feature of BG-PRÜFZERT is that each testing and certification body covers a specific industry, enabling them to offer an excellent level of expertise. Findings from the product testing activities are incorporated into standardisation work, thus promoting safety around the globe.
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