Marine Evacuation Chute

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



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).