large numbers of passengers is now easier than ever with the new Viking fully
automatic life raft and slide system, says Viking Life-Saving Equipment. The marine and fire safety equipment manufacturer
has developed a 153-person, open reversible life raft and mini slide system
packed into a single aluminum stowage box.
Slide (VAS) is
designed and certified for vessels on domestic voyages such as ferries sailing
in protected waters, the life raft and slide system enables crew to evacuate up
to 153 people in one go. While its size and evacuation capacity may be
impressive, Viking says, the real magic of the new system lies in its
one-button, one-person release and operation.
difficult circumstances, and particularly when things need to happen as fast as
possible, the ability to have just one crew member operate the entire
evacuation system for such a large number of passengers is a major
advantage," says Niels Fraende, sales and marketing director at the
company's headquarters in Denmark, in a company press release. "That's
really quite amazing when you think how many crew it typically takes to deploy
more conventional safety equipment."
Viking Automatic Slide is designed for evacuation heights of 5 to 12 feet and
requires no external power supply for deployment. Inflation of the system is
automatically started by pushing a button on the stowage box or on the bridge. Another vital feature is automatic bowsing,
which keeps the slide and raft close alongside the ship to assist ease of
VAS system is also very easy to install, Viking says. It comes in a box that's
placed flush with the ship side, bolted to the deck and ready to go. No bowsing
lines or welded connection points on the ship's side are necessary.
system is approved on sea trial with significant wave height of 5 feet with DNV
as notified body. The life raft is EC type-approved (EC Directive 96/98/EC with
DNV as the notified body) for use in restricted areas, defined by the national
administration. The system, the associated slide, the life raft and all
equipment complies with ISO 9001 requirements for quality assurance in design,
development, manufacture, sales and maintenance.
first two VAS systems have already been sold to Färjerederiet in Sweden, Viking
says, with delivery in September 2011.