OSLO, Norway --KS North Sea Rescue AS has commissioned six field support vessels from Yaroslavsky Shipbuilding in Russia. All will be a modified version of the IMT 955 design, produced by IMT Marine Consultants in Scotland.
The multi-role IMT 955-N vessels will be 55 m (180 ft) long, with a beam of 12.7 m (41.67 ft), and a maximum load draft of 4.65 m (15.26 ft). They will be able to operate anywhere on the European continental shelf, providing logistics support services such as cargo fuel, potable water, and deck cargo transfers in addition to their primary role as standby rescue boats.
Their diesel-electric power systems will be driven by four or six main generator sets. Main propulsion will comprise two 900 kW frequency-controlled, electric motor-driven azimuth propulsion units. Rescue facilities will include a rescue zone fitted with rescue nets, a Dacon Scoop mechanical rescue systems, an 11.1 m (36.42 ft) daughter craft, and an 8.75 m (28.71 ft) fast rescue craft.