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Seahaven Seahaven

Cruise Industry Seeks to Adopt Seahaven

Global Survival Technology pioneer Survitec is teaming up with Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd., Independent Maritime Advisors Ltd, and a major shipbuilder to deliver a cruise ship design incorporating Survitec’s Seahaven, the world’s largest inflatable lifeboat.

The companies established the industry working group with a view to installing Seahaven, the award-winning advanced evacuation system (AES), as the primary means of evacuation onboard Norwegian Cruise Line’s next ground-breaking Prima Class of ships.

The 1,060-person capacity Seahaven, a self-propelled inflatable lifeboat, marks a significant step forward in maritime safety. The system works in conjunction with a marine evacuation system (MES), the first of which was installed aboard Norwegian Epic in 2009.

Typically, a 4,000-passenger capacity cruise ship would require at least 12 to 16 lifeboats and up to four MES with liferafts, taking about 30 minutes to evacuate the ship. Just four Seahaven’s, would be required to evacuate the same number of passengers in the same amount of time.

Seahaven successfully passed Heavy Weather Sea Trials (HWST) in December 2021.