More boats for German sea rescue

Two new 28m Class cruisers like this are to join German sea rescue service (Photo: DGzRS) Two new 28m Class cruisers like this are to join German sea rescue service (Photo: DGzRS)

Sea rescue services along Germany’s North Sea and Baltic coasts are to be bolstered writes Tom Todd.

The German sea rescue service DGzRS said it had ordered two 28m Class sea rescue cruisers with tenders from leading builder Fassmer Werft in the west. At the same time it has booked two 10m Class lifeboats from the now regularly used east German shipyard Werft Tamsen Maritim in Rostock.

They are all for service from 2020 and will replace boats which will, by that time, have been in service for some 30 years at opposite ends of a German coastine which stretches 2,400 kms along the North Sea and Baltic from the Netherlands in the west to Poland in the east.

The Fassmer cruisers, designated SK 40 and SK41, will be the fourth and fifth in a new 28m Class introduced by the DGzRS three years ago and replace proven 27.5m boats from the 1980s. SK40 will replace the 31 year old ALFRIED KRUPP on the island of Borkum in the North Sea when it enters service in 2020. Just where SK41 will serve is not yet known.

The new cruisers are 27.9m long, 6.2m wide and draw 1.95m. Each is driven by two MTU 16V 2000 M72 main engines of total 2,880kW developing 24kn over two ZF 5000D marine reversing gears. Also on board are a Deutz 1013 diesel auxiliary and a Whisperpower SQ 25 diesel generator. The boats also boast 75kW bow thrusters. Their tenders are driven by Steyr SE 236 E40 170kw engines and the new class boats are equipped with state-of-the-art navigation, communication and rescue equipment.

The two 10.1m long sea rescue newbuildings from Tamsen Maritim will be 3.61m wide and draw 0.96m. They will be modified versions of previous extremely sea-worthy boats working out of local coastal volunteer rescue stations. About 25 different versions of these acclaimed boats are already in service with the DGzRS.

Each has a Cummins 6 BTA 5.9 M engine operating over reduction gearing and a fixed propeller to provide 18 knots. They will have a range of about 240 sea miles and will also have the latest in navigation, communications and rescue equipment on board, the DGzRS said.

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