Survitec reveals new marine evacuation system for smaller vessels

Product includes customisable slide and life raft options, as well as emergency packs for passengers  

Survitec reveals new marine evacuation system for smaller vessels


The new MES solution includes a dry-shod slide, life raft and emergency packs for passengers

By Alice Chambers |

Survitec, a survival technology company, has launched a new marine evacuation system (MES) to assist passengers with emergency evacuations on small to medium-sized vessels that accommodate 300 to 1,500 guests.

The MES includes a dry-shod slide to ensure that passengers of all ages and abilities can evacuate the vessel safely and quickly. Customers can choose either a single or double helical slide. In addition, the MES features self-righting life rafts for 50, 100 and 150 people with Safety of Life at Sea and High Speed Craft emergency packs.

“The revolutionary helical slide technology from our Marin Ark 2 MES, trusted by major cruise operators for unrestricted, improved passenger experience and enhanced safety, is now available for ferries and small expedition-type passenger ships,” said Richard McCormick, product manager at Survitec.

The new MES solution will be is awaiting type approval from classification society Bureau Veritas for use onboard vessels with up to 23 metres of freeboard. It will be available for purchase in early 2023. 

Customers can opt for Survitec’s standard 12-month service package or an extended package lasting up to 30 months.

“We were aware that there was demand for an extended service MES solution with high functionality to serve the ferry and small passenger cruise market,” said Richard McCormick, product manager at Survitec. “We went back to the drawing board and took a fresh look at how we could drive innovation to meet this need. The 30-month service interval this technology affords, brings convenience to the customer. This is because all of the complex logistics around servicing only have to be undertaken roughly every two-and-a-half years.”

Survitec also offers training programmes for crew to improve their emergency evacuation skills and how to deploy the system efficiently.

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