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South Africa’s National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) commissioned Two Oceans Marine Manufacturing to build their new fleet of nine Class 1 Offshore Rescue Craft

The ORC 140 is designed by Pantocarene Naval architects, who  came up with the idea for this type of vessel some 20 years ago that would operate in rough sea conditions. Over the years the design has been improved to produce the current ORC 140 for NSRI. Numerous Pilot vessels and SAR vessels have been built to this design and in operation.

The new self-righting and purpose-built rescue vessel is designed for rescue operations in extreme conditions. At 14.8 m long and 4.8 m wide, it can be deployed on rescue missions as far as 50 nautical miles (over 92km) from land and has an expected lifespan of at least 40 years. 

The new world class search and rescue vessels will accommodate six volunteer rescuers on board, in shock mitigating seats to allow for high-speed operation in difficult sea conditions and has the ability to carry up to 23 survivors.

With crew and casualty safety a top priority, the new rescue boats will have the latest electronic navigation and communication equipment. They are also self-righting, which provides increased safety for those on board.

Photo credits: NSRI and Jean Tresfon

Principle dimensions of the NSRI Offshore Rescue Craft

Length overall 14.8M
Hull Length 13.85M
Waterline Length 13.56M
Beam Hull 4.6M
Beam Overall 4.8M
Depth 2.08M
Draft 1.40M
Diesel Oil 2X1000L
Hull Material GRP COMPOSITE
Crew TOTAL 6
Survivors 30
Displacement light ship 17 000KG
Max speed with full crew, equipment and liquids 28 KNOTS
Propulsion 2X CUMMINGS QSC 8.3M 441KW MARINE DIESELS
Propellers, P brackets, rudders and shafts TEINBRIDGE MARINE
Gear Boxes 370V
Aft Deck Pull 4.5TON
Wheelhouse noise 76DB
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