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FLAG STATE APPROVAL FOR VIKING LIFECRAFT SYSTEM

Monday, September 16, 2019 

Viking’s LifeCraft system has now obtained flag state approval from the Danish Maritime Authority (DMA) as a 'novel life-saving appliance' to be installed on passenger ships .

The company says this means that the inflatable and electrically powered evacuation solution is now cleared for installation on ships. Key components of the system, such as the Survival Craft, had previously received individual approval as part of the innovative system’s development journey. Full commercial availability of the complete system will soon follow.

The novel life-saving appliance designation reflects the dual nature of the Viking LifeCraft system, makes it possible to replace current lifeboat and liferaft evacuation options with a hybrid solution. While other safety products and systems have achieved novel life-saving appliance approvals, these have been adaptations or variations of conventional life-saving appliances, making this the first time a complete and innovative evacuation solution has fallen under this category.

”The LifeCraft system goes far beyond the capabilities of existing evacuation solutions and I am very proud of my team and our achievements,” said Viking CEO, Henrik Uhd Christensen.

The LifeCraft system has a capacity for 812 people and consists of two main elements: Inflatable survival crafts, and a fully self-contained stowage and launching appliance that can either be placed on deck or built into the ship’s side. Every system is equipped with four survival crafts holding 203 persons, each with four independent electric engines making it highly manoeuvrable

“We expected the final approval process to go every bit as smoothly as the previous novel life-saving approval, and it did,” said Christensen. “And this achievement comes at a perfect time, considering the amount of interest cruise shipowners are showing in getting this new evacuation solution installed and operational. Now they can take their plans for incorporating Viking LifeCraft into both newbuilds and existing ships to the next level.”

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