The free-fall lifeboat is quickly becoming a common lifesaving appliance for cargo ships, tankships and offshore facilities. These systems slide down a short inclined ramp and fall freely into the sea with all the occupants on board. Because of the increase in safety they represent compared to conventional lifeboats, the free-fall boats are accepted by most maritime regulatory authorities, who have developed design and certification criteria for them. This article outlines the origins of the free-fall lifeboat. The launch and ride of the lifeboat are described and future developments are discussed.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Proc Marine Safety Council USCG, v 52 n 4, July-Aug 1995, p 26 [4 p, 7 fig]
  • Authors:
    • Nelson, J K
  • Publication Date: 1995


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  • Accession Number: 00717456
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: British Maritime Technology
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Mar 4 1996 12:00AM