VIKING Life-Saving Equipment company subsidiary, Nadiro has received approval for a number of products; allowing the organisation to enter new markets.
Recently developed straight and bent brackets for VIKING Nadiro’s SOLAS products have received global type approval through DNV, enabling the company to service a wider range of customers. At the same time, the approvals allow the company to reduce the time it takes to install and service products by over a week.
“We can now perform servicing for customers, for example, in the offshore sector, or ro-ro ferries with larger lifeboats than is typical of the cargo market where our success was built,” says Henrik Helsinghof, Director, VIKING Nadiro. “And we’ve made a significant difference to the time it takes to provide a complete, ready-to-go installation, or to conduct component exchanges during servicing.”
Nadiro’s range comprises three main lifeboat release and retrieval (LRRL) systems. Its DIB 32 product caters for smaller lifeboats, and has been installed on numerous occasions since being released in the summer of 2014. One step up, Nadiro’s DIB 75, currently under development, is aimed at medium-sized crafts, and will be ready for commercial release in January. For the larger lifeboats, the company’s soon-to-be-released DIB 125 is now in process to attain DNV approval. The DIB 125 is expected to be both DNV and USCG-approved, and ready to go to market by mid-November this year.
Current regulations for many lifeboats reckon with a weight of 75 kg per passenger. Nadiro’s DIB products can be used to launch lifeboats carrying up to 150 passengers.
“We’re seeing a trend, however, of specific customers reckoning with an increased individual passenger weight,” says Henrik Helsinghof and continues: “Norway, for example, is already above 90 kg, while others are looking at 100 kg per passenger. Hook performance, of course, isn’t affected by this, but the trend heralds changes in lifeboat capacities and deployment requirements that we are closely monitoring.”