Norsafe puts new fast rescue and patrol boat through its paces at Speed@Seawork

Norsafe's new 12m Munin S1200 Open version

Norwegian company Norsafe demonstrated its new 12m Munin S1200 Open version at Speed@Seawork to great acclaim, Lt Cdr Mark Raeburn, Fleet Surface, Royal Navy, commented, “In my 29 years in the Navy that is the fastest that I have ever been in a boat, we reached 67kts!”

Norsafe designs and manufactures highly reliable specialised boats and launched its latest Munin S1200 fast rescue and patrol boat at Seawork International.  Using the experience gained from the closed cabin 1200 and S1200 in the Munin range, this open version has already been tested by Norsafe’s engineers together with user groups representing the coast guard, maritime police, customs and special forces. The overall feedback has been very positive. The first open S1200 comes with a triple Mercury Verado 400 outboard installation and the same platform can be delivered with sterndrives, surface drives or a waterjet installation.

The design and construction of the open Munin S1200 meets the need for reliable, low maintenance standby and operation. The boat is designed to operate away from land-based installations or mother ship for extended periods of time, with sufficient range for long term operation.

A large walk-around cabin provides a protected and comfortable environment for crew and passengers. Seats are purpose built with shock absorbing capabilities to provide comfort, and are equipped with 4-point safety belts.

The layout of the boat allows it to perform a broad range of duties as ambulance transport, navy patrol, light combat, police and security patrol, dive support, inspection, border patrol, anti-drug intervention and survey and work boat duties.

The Munin S1200 is fabricated with multi-axial hybrid kevlar reinforced vinylester (GRP) and divinycell sandwich. Longitudinal box stiffeners and transverse bulkheads provide structural strength. The hull is a two stepped deep-V type with transom, providing optimal sea keeping ability at all speeds and in all conditions.

A heavy duty polyethylene fender protects the hull by absorbing impacts. The foam fender is protected by a double skin of reinforced PVC and secured with sail tracks at gunwale and chine level. The deck has an anti-slip surface. Lifelines and grab handles are fitted on the gunwale and cabin sides.

The high speed patrol craft is fitted with twin or triple inboard engines and suitable surface drives, with the following features:

·      Electrical starter with two independent batteries for each engine

·      Fresh water engine cooling with heat exchanger to seawater cooling

·      Fuel tanks located forward of the engines and filled through fittings on the cabin side

·      Engine shut off system in case of capsize, provided by mercury switches

·      Engine air intakes designed to prevent water ingress in case of capsize

·      Wet exhaust system, with outlet at the transom, which expels water from the seawater engine cooling system

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