Icelandic Association for Search and Rescue (ICE-SAR)

First I saw a report by Baird Maritime that ICE-SAR (Icelandic Association for Search and Rescue) had contracted for construction of three 17 meter (55.8 foot) self-righting rescue vessels (pictured above) with Kewatec AluBoat of Finland, with options for ten additional vessels.

I tried to find out more about the boats, but was unable to find more technical details, but there are more pictures here. I did also find an interesting photo essay about ICE-SAR here.

While they do operate some smaller rescue craft, it appears they operate 12 “all weather lifeboats” 15.82 meters (51.9 feet) in length and one 14.6 meters (47.9 feet) in length. Replacing these would justify the total of 13 mentioned above.

ICE-SAR all weather lifeboat Hannes Þ. Hafstein under her former name Einar Sigurjónsson

Their new 17 meter boat might be a candidate to replace the Coast Guard 52 foot MLBs. They do include a couple of features not found on the 52 foot MLBs, a stern launched boat and a fire monitor. I would also like to know if these boats will be to some extent ice capable. We could use something like this in Alaska.

Iceland’s ICE-SAR 17 meter. Illustration from Kewatec

2 thoughts on “Icelandic Association for Search and Rescue (ICE-SAR)

  1. The Victory had a monitor setup on board but it was not permanent. Newport didn’t have a fireboat so the Victory was it. I would guess the other 52s had the same equipment.

    A couple of observations on the Iceland boat, visibility for the coxswain is poor and that monitor up front doesn’t help. The low wheelhouse with the forward slanted windows doesn’t look like something I would want to push through a large breaker.

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