STEYR MOTORS has a long tradition in the powering of lifeboats particular free fall and fast rescue designs and offers the homologation SOLAS (Safety of Life at Sea) on all models of 4 cylinder and 6 cylinder marine diesel engines.
The International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) is an international maritime safety treaty. The SOLAS Convention in its successive forms is generally regarded as the most important of all international treaties concerning the safety of merchant ships. The International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS), 1974, requires flag States to ensure that their ships comply with minimum safety standards in construction, equipment and operation. The safety requirements cover the propulsion packages as well as the construction of the underlying vessel.
STEYR MOTORS SOLAS marine diesel engines are equipped with special devices developed in order to endure vessel capsizing without mechanical damage. The engines are also specifically designed to allow immediate starting in very low temperature (up to -15degC and -25deg C with additional heater). The engines can run up to an angle of 30deg continuous and can withstand a drop from a height of more than 30 meters for free fall boats.
A keel cooling system is also available, allowing increases to the cooling capacity of the engine while simplifying the installation. This eliminates through hull fittings, strainers, hoses and raw water pumps. Optional equipment available includes additional alternators, Power Take Off pulley and two pole electrical systems. STEYR MOTORS also offers the Emergency Drive System or EDS for SOLAS applications. Even if all on board engine electronics are heavily damaged or should fail completely, the EDS system allows for the engines to be manually & mechanically started and run. The system is not dependent on normal electrical components (which are vulnerable) and back up batteries accompanied by an extra diesel pump safeguards the engine.
It consists of a shift bracket and control rod actuator that engages the mechanical rack and shifts the cable in case of emergency.