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Norsafe Lifeboats, Rescue Boats and Davits

Norsafe is one of the oldest boat-building companies in Norway specialising in lifeboats. The company produces a full range of free-fall boats and fast rescue boats with davits. Since its foundation in 1903, Norsafe has supplied more than 25,000 lifeboats to the global ship market.

All boats and associated equipment have been approved in accordance with Solas 1983/96 and subsequent amendments and are EC labelled in accordance with the Marine Equipment Directive.

Lifeboats, rescue boats and davits

Norsafe is the global market leader in marine life-saving systems – lifeboats, rescue boats and davits, all integrated into a total safety solution for the merchant and offshore markets. Our wide product range covers most needs for lifeboats, rescue boats, daughter crafts and davits, including:

  • Conventional lifeboats up to 150 persons
  • Free-fall lifeboats up to 90 persons
  • Fast rescue boats up to 8.5m
  • Fast rescue crafts up to 12m
  • Fast daughter crafts up to 24 persons

Norsafe manufactures the largest free-fall lifeboat in the world, certified for drop heights of up to 51m, and has also received several design awards and world records for its products. Norsafe supplies and sells davits to fit all of our boats, but we also sell davits separately.

Totally enclosed lifeboats (TELB)

The smallest boats in the lifeboat range are approved both as lifeboats and rescue boats. Our largest totally enclosed lifeboat (TELB) has a capacity of 136 people and is the largest on the market. All boats and associated equipment have been approved in accordance with SOLAS 1983/96 and subsequent amendments and EC labelled in accordance with the Marine Equipment Directive.

A fire protecting spray system pump takes seawater from the lowest possible location under the boat. The compressed air system has sufficient capacity to provide air for the maximum number of personnel and engine combustion for a minimum of 10min. The over-pressure inside the boat prevents ingress of toxic fumes or gas.

Free-fall lifeboats

A large number of ships are equipped with our free-fall lifeboats. The benefits are clear: during rapid evacuation in emergencies, the boat slides out from a ramp on-board the ship and enters the water, with a high positive forward motion, well away from the ship.

Passengers are safe and secure in an enclosed cabin, securely strapped to anatomically shaped seats. The lifeboat system is robust and can withstand high winds, powerful waves and extreme weather conditions.

Our largest boats can withstand drops from heights of up to 40m and are highly space-efficient. We supply davits specially designed for our free-fall lifeboats and can adapt davits to suit all on-board conditions. The Norsafe HD davit system is especially designed for safe and efficient launching and retrieval of Norsafe free-fall lifeboat.

Rescue boats

Norsafe offer the market’s widest range of rescue boats and daughter craft for ships, which combine superb seaworthiness with manoeuvrability and speed. The rescue boats are made of GRP and have a low freeboard to facilitate rescue operations. They are self-bailing, have ample deck space, a self-righting system and a sturdy foam-filled fender and are supplied with a diesel inboard motor with water jet propulsion or outboard engines.

Our specially developed davits, with shock absorbers and tension system for severe weather, allow our rescue boats to be launched from a mother ship even in heavy seas.

Daughter crafts and patrol boats

Norsafe also offers a large range of boats intended for daughter craft, police or patrol boat operations. They can also be used by customs, inspection, or other duties that require the combination of superb seaworthiness, excellent maneuverability and speed. They can be installed with both single and twin installations of diesel engines and waterjets.

The largest boats can also be installed with twin surface drives for optimum speed. The boats are delivered with shock absorbing seats for crew and can be configured in many possible ways to best suit customer requests and requirements.

Lifeboat service

Worldwide service is a growing business segment, into which Norsafe puts a lot of effort. Norsafe, along with our global network of certified service agents, offers service globally. As part of the overall service concept, Norsafe offers training for service agents, crew, inspectors etc. at our training facilities in Norway.

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Press Release

Norsafe is First to Market with Groundbreaking Maintenance Agreements

Norsafe, global leader in marine life-saving equipment, is the first supplier in its sector to introduce a tiered service management system for its clients, following an in-depth study of ship owners and operators maintenance strategy.

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International Maritime Safety Systems

Norsafe is the global market leader in marine life saving systems; lifeboats, rescue boats and davits, integrated into a total safety solution for the merchant and offshore market.

Norsafe AS

PO Box 115



+47 37 05 85 00 +47 37 05 85 01

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Press Release

19 October 2015

Norsafe, global leader in marine life-saving equipment, is the first supplier in its sector to introduce a tiered service management system for its clients, following an in-depth study of ship owners and operators maintenance strategy.

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17 September 2015

The Norsafe Maxima-120 is the biggest totally enclosed lifeboat (TELB) in the history of Norsafe. The boat is built for large ships and offshore vessels and installations in accordance to SOLAS 83, IMO LSA Code, NMD Reg FOR853, GOM, UK Sector, (HSE) and has design features based on latest OLF studies / DNV-OS-E406 standard.

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15 September 2015

The GES 21 is a brand new lifeboat from Norsafe especially designed for ships. It has a similar design to Norsafe's larger state-of-the-art free-fall lifeboats (GES 45 and GES 52), and has its cockpit located in the centre of the boat.

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15 September 2015

Norsafe set a new world record on 25th June 2015, when the 70 passenger GES50 MKIII was dropped from 40m with ten persons on board. There has never before been a staffed lifeboat dropped from this height.

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19 February 2014

Norwegian boat-building company Norsafe has been awarded a contract to deliver Magnum 750 rescue boats to the Swedish Coastguard (KBV).

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1 November 2013

Norsafe has released a new white paper with information on its range of safety boats and offshore installations.

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9 September 2013

Norsafe, designer of the world's most advanced free-fall lifeboat, has taken back the world record it has held since 1999 with only two brief exceptions.

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26 June 2013

The great annual Safety at Sea Awards took place on-board the famous British warship HMS Belfast in London on 13 June.

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12 April 2013

Norsafe is pleased to announce that it has opened a new service station in Perth, Australia. This offers customers better access to service, maintenance, spare parts and training for lifesaving systems in the region.

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24 December 2012

Norsafe is finishing the year with a strong last push, receiving orders for a further NOK450 million. This comes after the sales department of the company signed contracts worth more than NOK400 million during the course of October 2012. In total, the order intake for the 4th quarter of 2012 is NOK850 million, raising the order backlog of the company to a record-high NOK1.7 billion.

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15 November 2012

Norsafe has received orders for 400 million NOK over the course of one month, reinforcing its role as the world's leading manufacturer and supplier of maritime lifesaving systems.

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2 October 2012

Norsafe has conducted the highest free-fall drop ever, featuring a so-called free-fall lifeboat. The test was conducted from a height of 61.53m and was very successful.

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5 April 2012

There has been a fantastic international demand for Norsafe’s new lifeboat which meets the latest rules and regulations. DNV-OS-E406 and NORSOK R-002 are the newest standards for free fall lifeboat systems for the Norwegian Continental Shelf, and will become mandatory from 2015.

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Regional Offices

Norsafe AS

PO Box 115



+47 37 05 85 00 +47 37 05 85 01
Norsafe AS

Tybakken 90

N-4852 Faervik


+47 37 05 63 33 (24/7 service line) +47 37 06 27 51
Norsafe Årsnes AS

Årsnes Industriområde

N-5474 Rosendal


+47 37 05 63 74 +47 53 48 91 51
Norsafe BV

Brielselaan 69

Harbour 1357, Rotterdam


+31 010 484 37 48 +31 010 423 01 36
Norsafe Japan Ltd.

11-5 Higashisakura-machi


Hiroshima 720-0065 Japan


+81 84 982 5300 +81 84 982 5301
Norsafe Korea Co., Ltd.

# 432-16, Songjeong-Li

Yeoncho-Myeon, Geoje-City

Kyungnam Province

South Korea

+82 55 633 1903 +82 55 632 1904
Jiangyin Norsafe F.R.P. Co. Ltd.

Beihuan Road 29, Yuecheng Town

Jiangyin City

Jiangsu Province, 214404


+86 510 8698 6788 +86 510 8698 7371
Norsafe Singapore Pte Ltd.

40 Gul Crescent


+65 6515 0030 +65 6872 0864
Norsafe Watercraft Hellas S.A.

7th Klm Old National Road

Thebes - Beotia


+30 22620 22441 +30 22620 29075
Lifeboat Service de Mexico SA DE CV

Gustavo Ferrer No. 17

Col. Malibran, C.P. 24197

Ciudad del Carmen, Campeche


+52 (938) 3842017
Norsafe Marine & Offshore

1301 Edwards Avenue

Suite B, Jefferson LA 70123

United States of America

+1 504 733 0100 +1 504 733 0155
Norsafe Comércio e Serviços Marítimos Ltda.

Rua Monsenhor Raeder Nº 25

CEP 24.110-814

Barreto, Niteroi – RJ


+47 37 05 63 33 +47 37 06 27 51

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