Port Elizabeth NSRI’s Rescue 6 vessel ventured out into Algoa Bay in a 40 knot West wind this afternoon to greet the National Sea Rescue Institute’s newest rescue vessel – the Alick Rennie – and escort her down past the Shark Rock Pier for a photo opportunity.
Rescue 5, named Alick Rennie, is a 14-metre vessel built in France in a two-year-long building project. It was designed by naval architects Pantocarene and manufactured by Bernard Shipyard in France.
Rescue 5 is on a coastal shakedown voyage from Cape Town and headed for it’s Durban Base.
Powered by 2 600 hp Cummins Diesel Engines with a 28 knot top speed, a 250 nautical mile range at an average of 25 knots, the ORC 140 has an overall length of 14.98m, a beam of 4.60m, depth of 2.10m and carries 6 crew in comfort.
The ORC 140 is in use by the French Rescue Institution who selected this lifeboat to replace 25 of their previous generation vessels and have put the new vessels into service along the French Coast, English Channel, Atlantic and Mediterranean seas.
The lifeboat is capable of launching in all weather conditions, equipped with the latest electronic navigation and communication equipment, is unsinkable and self righting.
The NSRI intends replacing their fleet of Current Class 1 rescue boats over time.
To that end a second vessel was delivered from the Bernard Shipyard – the Donna. Donna arrived as hull, deck and bulkheads and local boat building outfit Two Oceans Marine Manufacturing will complete the vessel and partner with the NSRI to build the future generation of deep-sea search and rescue fleet in Cape Town.
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