As cruise ships become bigger and their passenger capacity increases, innovation spreads throughout the industry through top level safety.

Hatecke, the leading manufacturer of lifeboats for cruise ship newbuildings, has just received the Type Approval Certificate for its PEL14 lifeboat from RINA, the classification, certification, inspection, testing and consulting multinational.

Designed and built by HATECKE at the company’s yard in Drochtersen about 60 km west of Hamburg (Germany), the PEL14 is the biggest and most space saving lifeboat ever built, and responds to needs of the newest cruise ships with its 462-passenger capacity, more than three times the limit currently adopted by the market average.

With its redundant propulsion and safety systems, this lifeboat defines a new standard of lifesaving in the cruise industry. Thanks to the three entry points the lifeboat can be fully boarded in the record time of less than three minutes.