PALFINGER will build boats for the Royal Netherlands Sea Rescue Institution

Posted on January 25, 2022 at 3:29 p.m. by

The Maritime Executive


PALFINGER lands a challenging order from the Dutch sea rescue institution Koninklijke Nederlandse Redding Maatschappij (KNRM) – the development of a new series of Rigid Hull Inflatable Boats (RHIB). The official signing of the contract took place on January 20 at the PALFINGER production site in Harderwijk, the Netherlands, where the boats will be built.

PALFINGER has been awarded a contract by Dutch rescue organization Koninklijke Nederlandse Redding Maatschappij (KNRM) for twelve custom-built Rigid Hull Inflatable Boats (RHIBs), which will assist the organization in future rescue operations. The KNRM comes to the aid of people in distress at sea, 24 hours a day. About 1,400 volunteers are on duty more than 2,000 times a year. 75 boats available for missions. PALFINGER will now increase this number. The official signing of the contract took place on January 20 at the PALFINGER production site in Harderwijk, the Netherlands, where the boats will also be manufactured in the future.

Designed for rescue operations in the roughest sea conditions

Individual solutions are among PALFINGER’s core competences. In close cooperation with the Dutch rescue organization, PALFINGER is developing a 7.5 meter long double outboard aluminum RHIB. This is a completely new development, custom built to meet all customer needs. The boat will accommodate three crew members and twelve rescued people. A robust hull construction and wave-breaking bow design provide the necessary stability even in the roughest sea conditions. Two Yamaha VMAX 115 hp 4-stroke engines give the lifeboat a speed of at least 32 knots.

Arnoud Straakenbroek, government and professional boats and davits sales manager at PALFINGER, says: “In addition to quality and safety, we will pay particular attention in the development phase to improving ergonomics in order to minimize the physical fatigue of KNRM rescuers when operating in these difficult conditions. conditions. We look forward to cooperation with the KNRM and are at the same time proud to be able to name this prestigious organization as a user of high-quality PALFINGER boats in our references.

“For the KNRM, the reliability, safety and quality of our equipment is very important because our rescuers voluntarily risk their lives for others. We are convinced that with the 7.5 meter RHIB that PALFINGER will produce, we are offering our rescuers the best boat in this class,” says Jacob Tas, Managing Director of KNRM.

The first RHIB is expected to leave the Harderwijk shipyard at the end of 2022. The KNRM will intensively test the boat against the defined quality criteria. If the boat meets all expectations and is approved by the KNRM, PALFINGER will start building the remaining eleven boats. The last RHIB will be delivered in 2028.

Photo (from left to right): On January 20, the contract was signed by Gert-Jan Wijker (head of technical service at KNRM), Arnoud Straakenbroek (director of sales boats and government and professional davits at PALFINGER), Jacob Tas ( Managing Director of KNRM) and Alexander Schouten (Global Sales Manager Boats and Davits at PALFINGER) at the PALFINGER office in Harderwijk, the Netherlands.

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Earnest A. Martinez