SurvitecZodiac / DBC Marine Evacuation Chute (MEC)
Most efficient, easy-to-use, flexible and cost-effective Marine Evacuation System available to evacuate passengers and crew with the utmost safety in the shortest possible time (gravity-launch system).

How It Works
- Fabric descent chute with inflatable platform stored in a compact housing either on the evacuation deck
  (inside or outside the vessel) or unobtrusively on the deck above (see the figures and pictures below)
- Under emergency situation, a crew-member releases the Marine evacuation chute (MEC) by pulling
  handle. The chute and platform fall to the water and the platform automatically inflates
- Meanwhile, the liferafts are launched from their racking system, inflated and attached to the platform
- Passengers enter the chute by way of the housing and safely descend to the platform
- They are then dry-transferred to the liferafts with the rescue boats standing by to assist
 

Fig 1. I and O type MEC housings, shown deployed.

I-Type Housing (Evacuation Deck Storage)

O-Type Housing (Overhead Storage)
Clear benefits:

- Extremely easy to use

  * Maximum efficiency with minimum effort
  * Extensive crew training

- Safety built in
  * Fully adjustable components for all conditions
  * Zig-zag design of the chute for the safe descent of passengers
  * Protective cover and fender system to guard passengers against environmental hazards
  * Minimum space on deck: compact chute housing + liferafts tidily stored on rack
- Flexibility is key
  * Lightweight, compact and easily mounted system to fit on all vessel designs
  * Easy transfer from vessel to vessel

- The best solution for the least money
  * Initial investment + installation, maintenance and service cost < other systems
 
- First time, every time
  * Simple & sophisticated design + high quality of each component for system reliability
  * 24 hours turnaround for any service

- One supplier you can trust
  * Complete end to end system manufactured to SOLAS requirements
  * Highest quality design & compatibility of all components

- Worldwide Servicing
  * Full maintenance contracts on demand for ship owners
  * Servicing schedule arranged by Service Administrator for any situation

Fig 2. MEC with inflated platform & liferaft.
MEC housing installed above evacuation deck

Simply pull the lever to quickly and easily
deploy the chute and platform.
View a drawing of the MEC system here
Chute into water > Platform inflates > Housing doors open.
System ready to transfer passengers in 5 minutes
Liferafts secured to the platform at the base of the chute.
Passengers descend through the chute for dry transfer to
the liferafts (rescue boat assistance).
To learn more about our products, contact us
For information in Europe, Africa and Asia, please contact SurvitecZodiac
In American countries, please contact DBC Marine Sales for commercial information
and contact DBC Marine Service for service information
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