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New Rescue Boat from NorMar

Norwegian Maritime Equipment AS has extended their range of rescue boats with a small model designed for outboard propulsion. The boat, denominated Normar 425, is a well balanced GRP rescue boat with a capacity of six (6) persons. The overall length is 4.25m, breadth 1.84m and weight 316 kg (ex. engine and fuel). The stability of the boat is ensured by the particular design, as the outer and inner hulls are shaped in separate mould, then connected to shape the seats and buoyancy tanks. The buoyancy tank provides sufficient buoyancy to float the boat at flooded condition with all persons onboard. The boat can be delivered with or without engine, and has a full SOLAS and BV-EC approval. The Normar 425 is the latest rescue boat model on the market, and probably the most competitive of its kind.


USCG Activates Rescue 21 System in Gulf States

The U.S. Coast Guard announced Friday that on June 30 it began using the new Rescue 21 command, control and communications system along the Alabama, Mississippi and Florida coastlines. General Dynamics C4 Systems, is the prime contractor for development and deployment of the Rescue 21 system. Advanced direction-finding capability, a critical component of Rescue 21, allows Coast Guard watchstanders to more accurately locate the source of a distress call


New Rescue Craft for Kristiansand City, Fire Department

Kristiansand Fire Department Took delivery of their new 9.7m Fast Response/Rescue Craft in August 2002 . The craft was built by Innovation AS. The Innovation aluminium hull features three watertight bulkheads, deep V front section and a monohedron V in the aft section, with wider stern section and is designed for manueverability, good sea keeping and a stable work platform. The Kristiansand Fire Department will use the craft for diving and rescue operations


USCG Gets New Rescue Boat

Coast Guard's new high tech rescue boat arrives Coast Guard Station Mayport, Fla., will welcome the arrival of one of the Coast Guard's newest high-tech rescue boats, the 47-foot motor life boat. Over the years the Coast Guard has been modifying its inventory with the intent to replace older vessels and aircraft with newer more technologically advanced ones. The 47-foot motor life boat brings advanced technology, which will aid in all missions of the Coast Guard including homeland security


CG Accepts New Rescue 21 System in Charleston

The Coast Guard formally accepted and introduced its new Rescue 21 advanced communications system at a ceremony aboard Coast Guard Sector Charleston Monday, June 14.  This new capability increases the Coast Guard’s ability to execute all its missions, especially its search and rescue mission, with greater agility and efficiency. “Rescue 21’s direction-finding capabilities provide lines of bearing to the source of the transmission and enable watchstanders to more


New Rescue Vessel for Russia's Northern Fleet

Igor Belousov: Image credit Shipbuilding.ru

New multi-purpose rescue vessel for Northern Fleet under construction by Admiralty Shipyard in St Petersberg  The "Igor Belousov" will significantly strengthen the Northern Fleet's ability to engage in search and rescue operations, 14 years after the disaster with the Kursk submarine in the Barents Sea, reports the 'Barents Observer'. Russia’s new rescue vessel will be able to help out wrecked submarines, engage in complex search operations


Rescue 21’s Disaster Recovery System

The Rescue 21 Disaster Recovery System (DRS), a self-sufficient mobile system designed to temporarily restore full Rescue 21 communications in the event regular communications are lost, can now be deployed throughout the continental United States with as little as 24 hours notice. This is an important capability as the U.S. Coast Guard prepares for the busiest months of the hurricane season, which are August and September.


Harbor Guard Boats Gets Order for Firehawk 2426

Medina International Holdings, Inc., (OTC Bulletin Board: MIHI) has received an order for a Firehawk 2426 fire rescue boat from the City of Poughkeepsie Fire Department, New York, through its wholly owned subsidiary, Harbor Guard Boats, Inc. Daniel Medina, President of Medina International Holdings, Inc.  said, "This boat will be used for fire suppression, dive and rescue purposes on the Hudson River.  This is the third Firehawk order from the New York capital region and is


Fireboat Chief Seattle Delivered

Chief Seattle

Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering company Guido Perla and Associates, Inc. (GPA) announced the completion on time and within budget of a major renovation of the fireboat Chief Seattle at Vigor Marine in Everett, Washington.    Under the direction of the City of Seattle’s Department of Finance and Administrative Services (FAS), GPA’s team managed the project from initiation to delivery, working closely with FAS, Vigor Marine and the Seattle Fire Department


KNRM Rescue Vessel Passes Capsize Trials at Damen Shipyard

Photo: Arie van Dijk

The latest rescue vessel commissioned by the Royal Netherlands Sea Rescue Institution (KoninklijkeNederlandse Redding Maatschappij, KNRM) has passed an important trial at Damen Shipyards Group in Gorinchem before being entrusted to its crew. The capsize trials had to show that this youngest generation of rescue vessel is actually capable of righting itself. In four different tests, the rescue vessel righted itself to its normal position within a few seconds of capsizing – a life-saving


USCG Responds to Vessel Fire

The U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) reported it is responding to a report of a vessel that caught fire and became disabled with two men and a dog aboard south of the McCormick Bridge in the Intracoastal Waterway in Jacksonville Beach, Fla., Thursday.


Obama Offers US Aid to S.Korea Following Ferry Accident

Photo courtesy South Korea Coast Guard

U.S. President Barack Obama on Thursday expressed condolences to the families of the victims of the South Korean ferry sinking and said the U.S. military will provide the country with any help it needs to perform rescue operations. Rescuers are battling strong waves and murky waters as they


Divers struggle in search for ferry survivors

Rescuers struggled with strong waves and murky waters on Thursday as they searched for hundreds of people, most of them teenagers from the same school, still missing after a South Korean ferry capsized on Wednesday. Coastguard, navy and private divers scoured the site of the accident


Bodies found trapped in S Korean ferry

search for bodies in sunken South Korean ferry

Divers searching for survivors of a capsized South Korean ferry saw three bodies floating through a window of a passenger cabin on Saturday but were unable to retrieve them, the coastguard said, hours after the ship's captain was arrested. The ferry, carrying 476 passengers


Tug on the Rocks, Lake Pontchartrain, Three Rescued

Tugboat UTV Todd Michael: USCG photo

US Coast Guard 8th District says that it has rescued 3 crewmembers aboard the (uninspected) tugboat 'UTV Todd Michael' after it grounded on the rocks near the Lakefront Airport on Lake Pontchartrain. [The vessel towed appeared to be drifting nearby.]


300 Missing After Korean Ferry Capsizes

Wreck symbol: file image CCL

Almost 300 people were missing after a ferry capsized off South Korea on Wednesday, despite frantic rescue efforts involving coastguard vessels, fishing boats and helicopters, in what could be the country's biggest maritime disaster in over 20 years.


South Korean Ferry Incident Update

AFP/South Korea Coast Guard

Almost 100 ships, 18 helicopters involved in rescue; as many as 340 people from one school thought to be on board. Accident may be South Korea's biggest in 20 years. Almost 300 people were missing after a ferry capsized off South Korea on Wednesday


JFD Awarded Australian Navy Commendation

Photo courtesy of JFD

Commendation awarded by the Royal Australian Navy for dedicated work, commitment and support for Exercise Black Carillon 2013   James Fisher Defence (JFD) has been awarded a special commendation from the Submarine Force Commander of the Royal Australian Navy (RAN)


Hundreds Unaccounted for in S.Korea Ferry Disaster

Photo courtesy South Korea Coast Guard

For the parents of the many teenagers still missing after the Sewol ferry capsized off the coast of South Korea, the wait for news - good or bad - is almost unbearable. Of 462 passengers on board the ship when it set sail from the port of Incheon late on Tuesday


Search Resumes in S. Korean Ferry Disaster

USS Bonhomme Richard LHD 6 has entered search operations (U.S. Navy photo)

Poor weather conditions may hamper effort; Mystery surrounds capsize of ship; Nearly 280 people still missing, many of them teenagers South Korean coastguards and navy divers resumed their search on Thursday for nearly 280 people still missing after a ferry capsized in what could be the


Today in U.S. Naval History: April 16

Today in U.S. Naval History: April 16 1863 - Union gunboats pass Confederate batteries at Vicksburg 1924 - Navy commences relief operations in Mississippi Valley floods, lasting until June 16 1947 - Act of Congress gives Navy Nurse Corps members commissioned rank


UPDATE -Survivors still alive on South Korean ferry

Several people appear to have survived in an air pocket of a capsized South Korean ferry, the father of one of the school children aboard the boat told a Reuters reporter accompanying families out to the scene of the disaster on Thursday. About 290 people are still missing out of 450 passengers


Search resumes for missing in S. Korean ferry disaster

South Korean coastguards and navy divers resumed their search on Thursday for nearly 280 people still missing after a ferry capsized in what could be the country's worst maritime disaster in over 20 years. They will also be seeking answers to many unanswered questions surrounding


Divers Struggle in Search for Ferry Survivors

Rescuers struggle with waves, murky waters; Captain faces charge of abandoning South Korean ferry. About 290 people still missing, many of them teenagers. Rescuers struggled with strong waves and murky waters on Thursday as they searched for hundreds of people


S.Korean Ferry Master Faces Investigation

The captain of the South Korean ferry that capsized off the southwest coast was facing a criminal investigation on Thursday, an official said, amid unconfirmed reports that he was one of the first people to jump to safety as the vessel began sinking.


 
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