German rescue cruiser under build

Already in service:Hamburg 28m Class twin Berlin Already in service:Hamburg 28m Class twin Berlin

Construction is now well underway in Germany on a search and rescue boat for the maritime rescue service DGzRS, writes Tom Todd.

The 28.9m long and 6.2m wide cruiser Hamburg is being built at Fassmer Werft in Berne on the Weser, some 50kms inland from Germany’s second biggest universal seaport Bremerhaven. Fassmer Werft and Tamsen Maritim shipyard east in Warnemünde on the German Baltic, are the newbuild and repair yards of choice for the DGzRS.

Hamburg, still officially called SK40, will see service out of the German East Frisian island of Borkum from about spring next year and is due for launch in Hamburg in April 2020. It will replace the 27.5m cruiser Alfried Krupp, which was built by Lürssen and has served for thirty years.

Hamburg will also be the first DGzRS boat to carry that name for 35 years and only the fourth in the 150 year history of the DGzRS. The reason for revealing the name early is to thank Hamburg – Germany’s biggest port city – for its support and to encourage further help.

A sister ship to Hamburg – currently tagged SK41 - is currently under construction at Fassmer Werft and is also for delivery in 2020. Its completion will bring to five the number of new 28m Class boats introduced over the past few years to replace 27.5m units from the 1980s.

The new Hamburg will draw 1.95m and displace 120t. Boasting an operational range of 600-800 sea miles, it will have a top speed of 24 knots developed from a high-performance propulsion system comprising two MTU 16V M72 engines of combined 2,880kW.

Also on board are two ZF 5000D456 gearing plants with trolling mode and a 75kW bow thruster. Other on-board power units listed include a Deutz 1013 diesel engine and a Whisperpower SQ25  diesel generator. The 8.2m by 2.9m tender on Hamburg draws 0.8m, displaces 4.3t and its single Steyr SE 236 E40 engine of 170kW develops 19 knots.

The 28m Class SAR boats and their tenders are constructed in the tried and tested net-frame system using marine aluminium and are  all self-righting. They are “well-equipped for safe service” the DGzRS says, also boasting state-of-the-art navigation, communication and rescue equipment.

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