The VIKING LifeCraft system will be installed on the first series of new diesel-hybrid-electric interislander ferries operated by KiwiRail, which will serve as the main evacuation solution aboard the new vessels linking New Zealand’s two main islands. The LifeCraft advanced evacuation system consists of four 203-person self-propelled survival boats that combine the advantages of best-in-class lifeboat, liferaft and evacuation system technology in one hybrid solution. The system offers an increase in safety and saves space, weight, and time-consuming procedures. The digital security check will improve the efficiency of the safety status check. The entire system is compact and can efficiently evacuate over 800 people in just 30 minutes.
The LifeCraft system is capable of maintaining a safe position while waiting for help with its electric propulsion after evacuation. It has the capability of rescuing people from the water if an incident occurs on another ship in the area, improving the overall rescue capability. The first new Interislander ferry is expected to begin full Cook Strait operations in late 2025, with the second vessel to follow in 2026. The LifeCraft system is an innovative and safe alternative that combines existing and new technologies, representing a significant shift in how we think about maritime safety and ship evacuation.
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