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    New Norwegian Coast Guard vessel designed and equipped by Rolls-Royce

    Rolls-Royce has provided the design and major equipment for a new Norwegian Coastguard multi-role vessel, named Harstad, built by Aker's Søviknes yard in west Norway based on steelwork from Aker Tulcea in Romania. The ship is owned by Remøy Shipping, whowill operate it on long term charter to Kystvakten.

    Harstad will undertake a variety of coastguard and Exclusive Economic Zone management roles. These include offshore standby and rescue, firefighting, salvage, and general law enforcement operations and fishery control.

    One important duty will be pollution prevention. There is concern over the rapidly increasing oil tanker traffic from Russian ports along the coastline of northern Norway, with the risk of a disabled vessel grounding and causing an oil spill.

    Harstad is therefore fitted for emergency towing of tankers up to about 200,000dwt and spill clean-up.

    The vessel will be manned, as are other Norwegian coastguard vessels, by a combined military and civilian crew.

    A new Rolls-Royce design, the 83m long UT512, was developed to meet the challenging requirements. A bollard pull of about 110 tonnes is combined with a speed of about 18.5 knots to enable the vessel to reach the scene of an incident quickly and then tow a stricken vessel to safety
    http://www.oilpubs.com/oso/vesseland...androv_594.htm

    So Norway Has the above, Spain recently took delivery of a similar UT 722 L type,The UK has at least two dedicated ETVs at either end of the country at all times,France too,has Taken delivery of a similar type.

    Abeille Bourbon (http://www.morglaz.org)

    The only gap on the western seaboard of Europe is Ourselves. There has been no move on this vessel,even though there has been an urgent requirement for many years,and the DOMNR has "identified" a requirement.(well done).

    Meanwhile,the wind blows,the seas get rough,and ships get stuck on rocks off our jagged coast,and we watch while others do the salvage,and if they get there on time,the pollution control.

    The cost of these vessels is balanced by the damage to the marine industry,tourism,and environment that they have the potential to prevent.


    Catch-22 says they have a right to do anything we can't stop them from doing.

  • #2
    Originally posted by Goldie fish
    The cost of these vessels is balanced by the damage to the marine industry,tourism,and environment that they have the potential to prevent.
    I agree 100% !!
    High time we had our own such vessel.

    BTW, correct me if I am wrong, but I recall reading about (seeing?) a report a few years ago about the new Irish Lights (?) vessel which it was claimed would also be used for other tasks, e.g. SAR assistance, Pollution Control, (Towing?)......

    Is this the case, or just the DOMNR 'copping out' of it's responsibilities ?

    ......... do you have a pic of the IL ship ?
    IRISH AIR CORPS - Serving the Nation.

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    • #3
      The Government claim that the Irish Lights vessel Grainuaile can be used as such,but she is not capable of such a heavy Bollard pull. She has the Hull of a Tug,but thats where the similarity ends.

      She is as capable of towing as any vessel...Not much use in emergencies though.
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      Catch-22 says they have a right to do anything we can't stop them from doing.

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      • #4
        if we did get such a ship would she be operated by a civilian or military agency
        There is no problem that cannot be fixed with high explosive.

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        • #5
          Similar to all other DOMNR roles,we would tender for the service. If the NS had such a ship,then they would crew it. The Norwegian ship in the first photo has a combination of Military/Civilian crew,which is already in use(on a smaller scale) in the Customs Patrol boat (Naval Service/Revenue).


          Catch-22 says they have a right to do anything we can't stop them from doing.

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          • #6
            What other uses could such a vessel be put to when not engaged in towing ops/pollution control ?

            I presume this would be an important consideration were such a vessel to be purchased.
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            • #7
              Fishery Protection,other Law enforcement tasks....any other role currently carried out by the NS


              Catch-22 says they have a right to do anything we can't stop them from doing.

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              • #8
                wouldn't she have to be armed for fisheries protection duties
                There is no problem that cannot be fixed with high explosive.

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                • #9
                  How hard is it to mount a GPMG or HMG? The Vessel in the first photo is armed.


                  Catch-22 says they have a right to do anything we can't stop them from doing.

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                  • #10
                    The Report to the Steering Group on the Review of the Irish Naval Service and Air Corps, 1998, established a future demand for:

                    Pollution response vessels, backed up by NS vessels

                    Multi-purpose vessels with 120/150 ton bollard pull (the UK has 4)

                    Other vessels with marine emergency response capability with lesser bollard pull than the latter, equipped with winches, towing lines, main mast fire monitors.

                    Following a feasibility report, it was decided in 1999 that Ireland should have access to an E.T.V. capacity to protect our coast from the dangers of a major oil pollution incident and vessel stranding (especially the grave threat posed by problems with nuclear submarines).

                    It was recommended that the west coast service should be provided via PPP and the east coast should a joint PPP with the UK.

                    http://www.marinetimes.ie/Assets/_ar...5_news_04.html
                    Last edited by DeV; 11 July 2005, 21:19.

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                    • #11
                      Thats typical of our government...Lets leave it to our neighbours. Same as we done for so many years with Search and rescue. Will they ever learn? Did they ever consider that The UK(and french) vessels may be too busy to attend to our problems? If conditions are such that tankers are being washed onto Irelands west coast,you can be pretty sure they are doint the same in the Bay of Biscay,Dover straits and the North Sea.


                      Catch-22 says they have a right to do anything we can't stop them from doing.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Goldie fish
                        Thats typical of our government...Lets leave it to our neighbours. Same as we done for so many years with Search and rescue. Will they ever learn? Did they ever consider that The UK(and french) vessels may be too busy to attend to our problems? If conditions are such that tankers are being washed onto Irelands west coast,you can be pretty sure they are doint the same in the Bay of Biscay,Dover straits and the North Sea.
                        I agree.
                        It's either 'put it on the long finger' or ' leave it to the UK'
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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Goldie fish
                          Thats typical of our government...Lets leave it to our neighbours. Same as we done for so many years with Search and rescue. Will they ever learn? Did they ever consider that The UK(and french) vessels may be too busy to attend to our problems? If conditions are such that tankers are being washed onto Irelands west coast,you can be pretty sure they are doint the same in the Bay of Biscay,Dover straits and the North Sea.
                          Exactly.

                          It took the ETV based in northern Scotland 26 hours to reach the damaged Canadian submarine.

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                          • #14
                            cheers goldie.

                            would the new opv's or epv not have this towing capacity anyway or are these a much bigger beast?
                            Fate whispers to the warrior, "There is a storm coming"

                            And the warrior whispers back "I am the storm".

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                            • #15
                              No. They would have a basic towing ability, same as every vessel, but to tow a 150,000 tonne stricken cargo ship away from the irish coast safely, you need a bit more than a 2000 tonne patrol vessel with a bit of rope attached to the pins.


                              Catch-22 says they have a right to do anything we can't stop them from doing.

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