Saturday 11 April 2020

VIKING Norsafe wins Hellenic Navy tender for 11 RIBs

Each MEKO 200/Hydra class frigate carriers a single RIB
On Wednesday, April 1, VIKING Norsafe Life-Saving Equipment Hellas S.A. was officially declared the winning bidder in a Hellenic Navy tender covering eleven (11) customized METIS Rigid Inflatable Boats (RIBs) between 6 and 7 meters in length. The eleven boats will replace existing RIBs, already in service with MEKO/Hydra class, Kortenaer/Elli class frigates and/or other ships in the Fleet. Each frigate carriers a single RIB and one (Kortenaer) or two (Hydra) workboats. The new RIBs will be deployed predominantly to support search and rescue (SAR) operations. The delivery of the  vessels is scheduled for Summer 2020. The boats will be fabricated using the successful design of the VIKING Norsafe METIS. Six (6) of them will be fitted with a single outboard engine and five (5) with twin outboard engines, as well as with state-of-the-art navigation navigation equipment. They will be able to sustain a top speed of at least 30 knots, even fully loaded and can carry at least ten persons on board.

Thursday 2 April 2020

INFOGRAPHICS OF COAST GUARD VESSELS #7: The new boats of the Hellenic Coast Guard 2020-2024

Written by D-Mitch

The first CNV P355GR PCB under construction
This is the seventh post about infographics of various coast guard vessels and coast guard fleets from around the world.  The following infographic depicts the boats the Hellenic Coast Guard (HCG) will commission by 2024. On March 18, 2020, the Greek Minister for Shipping and Island Policy announced that the HCG will purchase 54 vessels by 2023. It is expected though a delay in the delivery of the vessels due to COVID-19 pandemic. That is the reason why I postponed the deliveries by 2024. Note that the following graph includes only the new vessels and not the old vessels of which many of them have been modernized. Information about some of the largest HCG vessels can been found in the following links: Stan Patrol 5509, Sa'ar 4 class and Vosper Europatrol 250 Mk1. Currently the Hellenic Coast Guard fleet in its totality consists of approximately 240 vessels of all types (see more here).

The new boats for the Hellenic Coast Guard. High resolution infographic here.