Verhoef delivers worlds first Electric Freefall Lifeboat

Verhoef delivers worlds first Electric Freefall Lifeboat

The lifeboat of the future!

After a number of years spent on research and development VERHOEF has successfully delivered the first freefall lifeboat, with electric propulsion, using the most advanced type of Li-Ion battery packs, currently available.

This development was initiated by VERHOEFs maintenance crew, often visiting the platforms, and experiencing high cost involved with regular inspections and repairs on the traditional diesel-engines. In general, the maintenance of the diesel engine requires about 80-95% of the regular inspection time and cost available for the lifesaving equipment. Significant savings can be made, including a higher level of reliability and so safety, when an electric powered engine is used. 

The use of an electric powered engine as designed by VERHOEF has many advantages:

  • Higher level of Safety and Guaranteed Performance
  • Up to 80-95% cost reduction on regular inspection and maintenance
  • Efficient and Easier Methods for checking the condition with proven technology
  • Higher level of Occupants Comfort (DNV-OS-E406) – almost no noise during sailing
  • No requirement for diesel fuel on board or to change out fuel during standby position
  • Significant reduction of number of airbottles (only for occupants), resulting lesser maintenance
  • Environmental friendly solution / innovative development for lifesaving
  • New development is on-going to monitor the condition of the equipment remote.

Verhoef proved to be ready for introduction to the Offshore! In cooperation with AkerBP the freefall lifeboat with electric propulsion was successfully droptested in Amsterdam. And meanwhle the lifeboat is positioned at its final destination on the Valhall Platform in the North Sea.


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