Finnish yard Kewatec AluBoat , based in Kokola, has contracts with two separate customers to build a series of rescue vessels and a research ship.
Kewatec has won the tender and signed a contract to deliver three search and rescue vessels the Icelandic Search and Rescue Association (ICE-SAR). The agreement also includes an option for ten additional boats. The value of the order for the three boats is about 5.7 million euros rising to 25 million euros if options are confirmed. The newbuildings are approximately 17-metre long, fast, self-righting type Kewatec Serecraft SAR17 vessels. The highly demanding sea conditions in Iceland and the North Atlantic place tough demands on the vessels.
The first vessel is scheduled to be delivered at the end of June next year, the second at the end of 2022 and the third in the third quarter of 2023.
Kewatec has also signed a separate contract with the Geological Survey of Norway (NGU) to build a research vessel. The Norwegian Geological Survey is owned by Norway’s Ministry of Trade, Industry and Fisheries (NFD).
The 23m-long ship is due to be delivered in the autumn of 2022. The vessel will offer a high level of environmental protection and sustainability.
Kewatec signs major contract with ICE-SAR