The 440 people boarded the lifeboat in five minutes and 21 seconds. Industry standards state that a lifeboat must be boarded within 10 minutes.
The lifeboat is the world’s first double-deck lifeboat, which is equipped with two entrances on each deck for quicker and easier boarding. The davits are enclosed in a sleek design, which will enhance a ship’s overall appearance and reduce the need for maintenance.
Arild Lokøy, Global Products Director, Palfinger Marine, said: “Overall, the boarding tests proved a huge success for the project. The first test was performed within the time limit of 10 minutes, already at first attempt we set a record time of five minutes and 21 seconds. Before testing we were quite convinced that we would make it on time, but I must admit it’s a huge relief to actually have demonstrated it to DNV GL and STX! Now we look forward to delivering these high-end lifeboats to the customer, and hope they are satisfied with our new flagship for the cruise industry.”
In 2015, Palfinger Marine won a contract to delivery 24 tenders, 12 lifeboats, 36 davits and six rescue boat stations to a number of cruise ships which are being constructed at the STX shipyard in France.