Finnish Lifeboat Institution purchases ten new SAR boats from Kewatec AluBoat
The Finnish Lifeboat Institution has 23.3. decided to purchase ten new Search And Rescue-boats from Kewatec AluBoat from Kokkola, Finland. The value of the contract is about 5 M€.
The boats will be manufactured from aluminum, and they are about 9 meter long, 2,8 meter wide and below meter draft. The boats are either equipped with a diesel inboard and waterjet drive or with an outboard engine. The top speed will be at least 42 knots (outboard) or 37 knots (waterjet).
The boats are having a centre located cabin, hydraulically operated bowport, SAR-equipment, which also includes light firefighting and first-aid equipment. The wheelhouse will be equipped with modern navigation and communication equipment.
The boats will be manufactured during 2018-2022, and the first boat will be placed in Helsinki.
The Finnish Lifeboat Institution is the national umbrella organization for 56 volunteer maritime rescue associations in Finland. The main task of the Finnish Lifeboat Institution is to provide and equip SAR-vessels for the rescue associations. The volunteering crew is every year performing about 1500 tasks, assisting about 3000 people in distress along the coast and on inland waters.
Oy Kewatec AluBoat Ab is specialized in aluminium boats for professional use, and is today one of the market leaders in the Nordic countries. The shipyard has throughout the decades delivered hundred of vessels for authorizational use, among others to the defence forces, rescue departments, pilotage companies and to the police. The company is located in Kokkola, and employs about 50 people.
Kuvaoikeudet: The finnish lifeboat institution