New Norwegian Coast Guard vessel designed and equipped by Rolls-RoyceVessel & ROV News // March 18, 2005
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 towa stricken vessel to safety.