Large response vessel delivered to Spanish sea rescue agency

Heroinas de Salvora, a large rescue ship operated by Spain's Salvamento Maritimo maritime rescue agency
Heroinas de Salvora during sea trials (Photo: Zamakona Yards)

Spain’s Zamakona Yards has handed over a new large rescue vessel to Spanish maritime search and rescue organisation Salvamento Maritimo.

Heroinas de Salvora (“Heroines of Salvora”) has a length of 82.35 metres, a beam of 18 metres, and accommodations for 16 crewmembers and 24 additional personnel. Notable features include a DP2 system, firefighting gear, equipment for cleaning up oil spills, a large open aft deck, two knuckle jib boom cranes, and flight deck and hangar facilities for use with unmanned aerial vehicles.

Two 2,953kW main generators will drive four 961kW tunnel thrusters to deliver a bollard pull of approximately 200 tonnes.

The vessel honours Cipriana Oujo Maneiro, Josefa Parada, and María Fernández Oujo. The three women, then aged only 24, 16 and 14, respectively, sailed out on a small boat and succesfully rescued 58 of the 271 passengers and crew of the steamship Santa Isabel shortly after it sank just off Spain’s Salvora island on January 2, 1921.

Heroinas de Salvora was designed by Spanish naval architecture firm Seaplace in compliance to Bureau Veritas class rules.

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