May 31, 2016
DSMG Introduces New Fast Rescue Craft

Over the last months, Dutch Special Marine Group's (DSMG) designer P. Meuzelaar has developed a new range of Fast Rescue Crafts, the FRC 602, FRC 702 and FRC 803.

The company is known for its FRC 903, which was designed and manufactured according to Bureau Veritas Classification Society to meet the strict requirements of the Royal Netherlands Sea Rescue Institution (KNRM). The new designs form a small series of standardised craft to keep costs low and that require less spare-parts.

FRC Design

This new range of Fast Rescue Craft is based on the FRC 903 design, but is specifically built and equipped to comply with SOLAS requirements. The largest visible change in the design is the position of the navigation mast. In order to install the singe-lift hook system, the mast with self-righting system is moved aft. Another feature is the optimised hull shape, which will give a smoother ride through rough seas.

Habbeké Shipyard builds the FRC of seawater resistant aluminium (5083- H111), the hull is a fully planing, deep V type and has a low freeboard aft to facilitate rescue operations, is self-bailing, has sufficient deck space to transport a stretcher, is semi self-righting, has a robust foam fender and is supplied with diesel inboard engine(s) with water jet propulsion unit(s). Henriken's singe-lift hook system allows the FRC to be launched from a mother ship, even in heavy seas.

The Fast Rescue Crafts are designed and tested in accordance to latest Bureau Veritas, SOLAS and UKOOA requirements. For the (standard) propulsion, a combination of Volvo Penta engines with ZF gearboxes, driving UltraJet waterjets ws chosen. A proven combination on the FRC 903.

Picture: DSMG's new FRC range, the 602, 702 and 803.