Published On: Fri, Jun 26th, 2015

Self righting lifeboats for Curaçao

carouselWILLEMSTAD - The Royal Netherlands Lifeboat Organization (KNRM) and the Citizens Rescue Organization (CITRO) of Curaçao have taken their new self righting rescue craft into service.

The Fast Rescue Craft 903- Twin lifeboats were built by Habbeké Shipyard in Volendam. The boats are a specially developed type with self-righting installation for use on open water, such as the Wadden and North Sea. The boats have a length of 9.15m, with a 3.30m beam and can reach a maximum speed of 36 knots. They are equipped with two Steyr SE266E40 engines powering two UltraJet 251 waterjets. The crew consists of four people who can be seated on specially designed chairs behind the sheltered center console. The rescue capacity of the craft is 20 people.

As befits vessels which have to perform in sea conditions where other boats prefer to be in harbor, Fast Rescue Craft  903 are built to the highest quality in order to meet the exacting standards of national and international safety organizations.

Habbeké Shipyard told MJ that the boats were fully tested before use, including their self-righting capacity and withstood all the tests with flying colors.

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