Press Release - Dutch Special Marine Group has designed a small range of Fast Daughter Craft (FDC). A FDC’s function is to operate away from the mother ship or offshore installations for extended periods of time. The primary function is to search for and rescue persons lost at sea.
Effective search and recovery require a Fast Daughter Craft with excellent reliability, manoeuvrability and sea keeping abilities. In order guarantee this our designer, Pieter Meuzelaar
, took the proven hull of our Fast Rescue Craft 903 (KNRM) but enlarged beam and reshaped the bow area to obtain more bow height.
The FDC’s are built by Habbeké Shipyard of seawater resistant Aluminium (5083- H111), the hull is a fully planing, deep V type and have a low freeboard aft to facilitate rescue operations, are self-bailing, have sufficient deck space to transport 2 stretchers, are self-righting, have a robust foam fender and are supplied with diesel inboard engines with water jet propulsion units. The singe-lift hook system of Henriksen allows our FDC’s to be launched from a mother ship even in heavy seas.
The Fast Daughter Crafts are designed and tested in accordance to latest Bureau Veritas, SOLAS and UKOOA requirements.
For the (standard) propulsion is chosen a combination of Steyr engines with ZF gearboxes, driving UltraJet waterjets. A proven combination on the Fast Rescue Craft 903.
Class notation: I Hull (• Mach) Light Ship / Offshore Rescue Daughter Craft, Sea Area 3 (3,25 m significant wave height)
- Construction: HSC Rules NR396 chapter 1,2 and 3 incl. rudders
- Subdivision and freeboard arrangement: NR566 ships less than 500GT chapter 1 and MCA ER&RV guidelines section 5.4.2 LL exemption
- Safety equipment: The MCA ER&RV guidelines section 5.4
- Navigation lights: Colregs regulations 23