New boat boost for German sea rescuers

SK38 and two smaller newbuilds join Germany’s DGzRS  (Photo: DGzRS Steven Keller) SK38 and two smaller newbuilds join Germany’s DGzRS (Photo: DGzRS Steven Keller)
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Three more new boats join Germany’s volunteer sea rescue service DGzRS before year’s end, bolstering a fleet of some 60 boats at more than 50 stations along Germany’s North Sea and Baltic coasts.

The boats are two10m Class newbuildings and a fifth punchy new 20m Class sea cruiser. All are part of a DGzRS programme to replace some older vessels.

The cruiser – tagged SK38 until its naming in Greifswald in east Germany on December 15th - is the fifth in a series from Fassmer Werft, begun in 2009 with Eiswette and Eugen and continued with Theodor Storm (2011) and Pidder Lüng in 2013.

SK38 is the smallest sea cruiser in the DGzRS fleet, 5.05m wide, drawing 1.3m and displacing 38 tons. It is driven by a Caterpillar C 32 ACERT DITTA engine of 1,232 kW providing 22 knots over a fixed Schaffran five blade propeller. It also carries a Steyr MO 166 auxiliary diesel and has a bowthruster for improved manoeuvrability.

SK38 and a sister for delivery next year, probably May, are slightly modified additions to the earlier 20m Class. DGzRS spokesman Ralf Baur told Maritime Journal: “Despite their relatively small size ... there is plenty of room for rescue work”. He noted that roomy first aid and multi-purpose areas had been created by removing accommodation. Crews now sleep ashore.

Baur said also new on the new 20m Fassmer boats -  beginning with SK38 -  were modified RBBs of Type Arctic P17 from Finland’s Arctic Airboats drawing just 30cms and with speeds up to 30 knots. With petrol outboards the 4.8m x 2m tenders are more robust, roomy and require less maintenance than the RIBs on the first four boats, the DGzRS said.

Also modified versions of earlier series are the two new 10.1m Class newbuilds SRB68 and SRB69. They are being named and will enter service soon. They follow sister Secretarius (SRB67) delivered by Fassmer in August.

SRB 68, also built at Fassmer, was due to go into service in the German Bight after naming in Bremen. It is one of ten for delivery up to 2020 – three from Fassmer and seven from Tamsen Maritim shipyard in Rostock in east Germany.

SRB 69 is one of the Tamsen newbuilds and was to serve out of Damp near the German-Danish border. Tamsen also built the modified 10.1 Class type ship Henrich Wuppesahl in 2015 - the first DGzRS boat to be built in the former GDR since German reunification.

The new 10.1m Class boats are 3.61m wide, draw 0.96m and displace eight tons. They are driven by Cummins QSB 6.7 engines of 380hp providing 18 knots. Some earlier boats carried Cummins 6 BTA 5.9 M engines of 320hp.

By Tom Todd

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