Safehaven Marine deliver a 2nd 15m Interceptor 48 Search & Rescue craft for the Faroe Island Rescue
Safehaven Marine have launched a new search and rescue craft ‘Von’ for the Faroe Islands. Another of Safehaven’s renowned Interceptor 48’s in fully ‘self-righting’ SAR configuration. With an L.O.A. of 15m and powered by a pair of Scania DI 13 650hp engines with propulsion by Hamilton HJ364 waterjets she has a maximum speed of 35kts. Von is the second search and rescue craft supplied to the Faroe Island rescue service following ‘Sverri’ an Interceptor 48 supplied in 2013, which has worked very well in the often inhospitable and rough North Atlantic waters the Faroe Islands can experience. Von accommodates a crew of 4-5, a central helm provides excellent control and visibility, with a second navigators / communications position alongside with its own command console. All seating is on Grammer shock mitigation air suspension seats, with space for a stretcher and casualties in her main cabin.
Extended duration operations is provided in her large spacious forward accommodation area with berths, seating, galley and heads compartment, the area can also accommodate 12 casualties, total emergency survivor capacity is 20 persons. Fitted out with a very comprehensive array of navigation and radio communication equipment including ECDIS, Radar, radio direction finder, VHF & MF radios, FLIR night vision camera and full CCTV coverage both internally and around the craft. The accommodation is also fully air conditioned to provide a comfortable operating environment. The Hamiltion jets feature ‘Sea Anchor’ allowing the craft to automatically hold position, two ‘Manoeuvring joystick’ for excellent slow speed vessel control are fitted, with a second at the external steering position on the aft deck, facilitating casualty recover via the aft platform or cabin side swing out davit in conjunction with a Jasons Cradle. The side railings are also hinged inwards preventing damage to them coming alongside vessels in rough conditions with f/wd railings powder coated black to minimise glare at night.
Von has a spacious aft deck fitted with a towing bollard and a large transom dive platform giving close access to the waterline. The foredeck is large, unencumbered and capable of helicopter winching operations as well as at the aft deck. To aid search and rescue at night a powerful remote control Luminell Colourlight LED searchlight is fitted along with mast mounted, side and bow LED light bars illuminating all around the craft. The hull is heavily fendered with strong but lightweight polyurethane fender by Buoyantworks UK for protection. She will be sailed by her crew to the Faroe Islands in the coming weeks.