VIKING boat and davit solutions meet BW Offshore requirements for large FPSOs to Australia

Press release – FPSO owner and operator BW Offshore has selected VIKING Norsafe free-fall lifeboats, daughter boats and davits for a large FPSO project that will operate off northern Australia.

The primary means of egress will be three VIKING Norsafe GES-50 Mk. III Freefall Lifeboats – each capable of carrying 70 people – with secondary launch and recovery performed by the corresponding HD-50 davits.

The set also includes a VIKING Norsafe Munin-1000 girl’s boat with a capacity of 21 people and a PLR-12005 davit for launching and recovery. With a SOLAS crew of three, the Munin-1000 boat can recover 18 survivors from the water and is equipped with two 300 hp engines and water jets, giving it the power and maneuverability to perform its role. search and rescue.

The latest order continues the long-standing relationship between VIKING and BW Offshore, spanning multiple projects, and seals an agreement that has involved nearly two years of discussions on safety requirements. Fully SOLAS and DNVGL-ST-E406 compliant, the free fall system is verified by the ALARP process (as low as reasonably achievable) for operation in Australian waters.

“BW Offshore is a long-time customer who demands the best security solutions. The FPSO will be a state-of-the-art facility and both parties have gone to great lengths to identify equipment specifications, ”said Joe Dawes, Senior Sales Manager, VIKING Life-Saving Equipment.

VIKING has delivered over 100 units of the VIKING Norsafe GES-50 lifeboat. The free-fall lifeboat has been installed at 22 locations in Australian waters in recent years, effectively excluding competition. While original design attributes play a big role in its continued success, Dawes explained that continued product development remains essential. This specific free-fall boat installation will feature a shortened launch pad that saves space and weight.

“The GES-50 is the most delivered boat on the market, built to the DNVGL-ST-E406 performance standard, which defines the site-specific and host-specific installation of free-fall lifeboats and their launching devices, ”Dawes said. “Proven technology and the willingness to adapt to customer needs are the basis of this record. “

VIKING’s ability to exchange information during the bidding process also helped secure the order, said Dawes. “I believe that the investments made by VIKING in the presentation of the products help us to work on an equal footing with our client companies and to meet their expectations in terms of specifications, management and support of the safety equipment on which they will rely on critical situations.

VIKING will provide pre-tested boats and fully assembled davits for plug and play installation to reduce site activities after delivery. Following the commissioning of the FPSO, the VIKING team in Perth, Australia will provide full assistance and maintenance support for boats and davits.


VIKING Life-Saving Equipment is a global market leader in maritime and offshore safety. Based in Denmark, the company manufactures, supplies and services everything from chute and slide-based evacuation systems to life rafts, life jackets, immersion suits, firefighting equipment, safety equipment. aerial, lifeboats, hooks, davits and more.

VIKING provides its customers with all the elements needed to simplify security, including the world’s broadest security product line and a highly efficient global service network. And it sets itself apart with its ability to offer comprehensive security compliance solutions – all certified to the latest IMO, SOLAS, EU and USCG requirements. Known as the VIKING Shipowner and Offshore Safety Agreements, these uniquely customizable solutions integrate safety products, global service, exchange, single-source management and financing in a variety of fixed price structures.

In 2018, VIKING acquired Norsafe, the Norwegian boatbuilder whose lifeboats are used around the world, further strengthening an unrivaled product and service offering in the global maritime safety industry. More recently, VIKING acquired the FSR division of Drew Marine, one of the world’s three largest providers of marine fire services.

Founded in 1960, the privately held company manufactures in Denmark, Norway, Bulgaria, Greece, China and Thailand, and provides security solutions to all major markets and locations.

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