FRSQ 700 fast rescue boat unveiledVessel & ROV News // September 18, 2009
The FRSQ 700 HYBRID has an innovative hybrid propulsion system.
Fast RSQ in The Netherlands has unveiled a new type of aluminium-hulled fast rescue craft (FRC) with hybrid propulsion.
"The FRSQ 700 HYBRID has been designed for those users who feel the responsibility for a greener environment in which they operate," said the company. "This aluminium FRC not only assures zero emissions at low speed manoeuvring at sea or in harbours, but it also guarantees noiseless drive."
"The zero emission electric drive mode allows a speed of approximately 6 knots using solely electric waterjet propulsion and can be switched to the combustion engine with an easy turn of the ignition key. With the inboard diesel engine the FRSQ 700 HYBRID will reach speeds up to 34 knots."
The hull of the new FRC is strengthened by a system of longitudinal bulkheads and transversal stiffeners and on the outside of the hull there are four spray rails, two on each side of the keel. In total the FRSQ 700 HYBRID has seven watertight and pressure tested compartments. The void compartments are not filled with foam, to make the FRC more environmentally friendly and the hull fully recyclable.
Contrary to other designs in the market the keel is longer in the direction of the bow which gives the bow a so called ‘X-Bow’ effect, to create optimum manoeuvring stability at various speeds and weather/sea conditions.
The hull, console and spray hood are made of seawater resistant aluminium grade 5083 H11 (AIMg 4.5) in various thicknesses between 5mm and 20mm to give the boat maximum strength, combined with a lightweight design.
The FRSQ 700 HYBRID is also equipped with a self-righting frame, which provides the crew an even better grip and all round view during operations at sea.
The foam fender is made of high standard polyethylene material and is covered by a heavy duty hypalon cover. A low maintenance fender has been engineered that is made of five separate blocks that can easily be removed by one man, even when in use offshore.
For more details seea www.fastrsq.com.