Brude Safety, Ulstein Design launch new marine evacuation system

Brude Safety and Ulstein Design have developed the Brude MES, a marine evacuation system (MES) for special purpose ships (SPS).

Offshore staff

ALESUND, Norway -- Brude Safety and Ulstein Design have developed the Brude MES, a marine evacuation system (MES) for special purpose ships (SPS). The MES consists of a slide or chute where passengers can evacuate straight into waiting life rafts.

The chute operates at evacuation heights from 3 m to 20 m (10 ft to 66 ft). The system consists of the evacuation chute and mooring system, life rafts for 65 and 150 persons as well as optional additional life rafts for 10, 30, 50, and 150 persons.

All components are made of marine aluminum. The system container is bolted to the deck of the vessel and designed to hold the launching ramp and chute in a deployed position. The container door is opened by two gas cylinders. When the container door is open, the launching ramp and chute are ejected and lowered into the deployed position.

The evacuation chute is made up of separate cells with sloping slides, enabling safe descent and transfer from the vessel to the evacuation rafts, the companies say. It is possible to climb out of the chute from any of the cells.

The raft has upside-down functionality, allowing it to stay in the correct position regardless of which side is facing up after deployment. Additional rafts can be moored to the system raft to achieve evacuation capacity.

The Brude MES is being installed on six new vessels for Polarcus, which are currently being built at Drydocks World Dubai.

01/05/2010

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