Welcome to Emergency Services Week!


Emergency services vessels and their equipment remain one of the most interesting and rapidly developing sectors of the wider workboat market. I always look forward to our ESV features. They invariably present numerous new, imaginative and interesting developments.

This week is no different. The variety in terms of size, style, construction materials and geographic location of the vessels we review is typically wide and the new approaches to continuing emergency problems are as imaginative as always. Some of the boats reviewed really push the boundaries.

Firefighting • Search and Rescue • Police • Coast Guard

The Metal Shark fireboat, for example, is quite new and different in approach. The thinking that went into the vessel is “out-of-the-box and impressively innovative. The 95-metre Russian Arctic “support ship” and the simple little Silver Ships aluminium landing craft-style response boat are additional cases in point.

Of course, as the week unfolds, there will be much more. What we present this week on Baird Maritime will, as always, have much wider application across all workboat sectors.

Vessel Reviews:

Features and Opinion:

ADVERTORIAL | What would your local Marine Rescue organisation do with $100,000?

“Canada’s Victoria Marine Rescue Society plans to establish a new home, construct an all-electric rescue vessel, and more with the help of a five-year $100,000 sponsorship from a global shipbuilding software developer.”

News and Gear:

Recent Important Features:

COLUMN | Luxembourg’s report on Bourbon Rhode: Bourbon, class, and the flag state could do better; Nigeria too [Offshore Accounts]

– “Ships sinking actually cost the insurers money, whereas for the owners the loss of a vessel is often just an inconvenience and some more paperwork, even when seafarers have perished.”

– by Hieronymus Bosch, anonymous commentator and Baird Maritime’s insider in the world of offshore oil and gas operations

COLUMN | Tugs to the rescue [Tug Times]

– “Proponents of autonomous tugs continue to bombard us with good and not-so-good reasons for getting rid of our crews.”

– by Alan Loynd, former General Manager of the renowned Hong Kong Salvage and Towage company

Remember to come back every day to see the latest news, opinion and vessel reviews!

Call for content!

Any news or views about the global emergency services industries? Send it through to [email protected] ASAP (between now and September 17), so we can add it to this current edition of Emergency Services Week!

We are after:

  • Vessels – Orders, new deliveries, under construction
  • Gear – Latest innovations and technology in the emergency services sectors
  • Interviews – Owners, operators, equipment manufacturers etc.
  • Reminiscences – Do you have any exciting, amusing or downright dangerous anecdotes from your time in the emergency services world? (example here)
  • Other – Any other relevant news

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Neil Baird

Co-founder and former Editor-in-Chief of Baird Maritime and Work Boat World magazine, Neil has travelled the length and breadth of this planet in over 40 years in the business. He knows the global work boat industry better than anyone.