VESSEL REVIEW | Nanhai Jiu 103 – Multi-role emergency response vessel for Chinese transport ministry

Photo: China Classification Society

The Chinese Ministry of Transport, through sub-agency South China Sea Rescue Bureau, has taken delivery of a new large rescue vessel.

Built by China Merchants Heavy Industry, Nanhai Jiu 103 (“Nanhai Rescue 103”) was designed by the Shanghai Merchant Ship Design and Research Institute (SDARI) of the China Shipbuilding Group. The all-weather-capable vessel was developed from the outset to perform roles including search and rescue (SAR), offshore towing, salvage, firefighting, dive support, oil spill response monitoring, and command and control (C&C) of seaborne and airborne emergency response assets.

Photo: China Merchants Heavy Industry

The vessel has an LOA of 137 metres, a beam of 27 metres, a draught of 6.8 metres, a gross tonnage of 14,449, and a deadweight of 6,450. A diesel-electric propulsion system with a total installed power of 14,000 kW delivers a maximum speed of 17.5 knots, a range of 16,000 nautical miles, and an impressive bollard pull of approximately 350 tonnes, enabling the towing of large disabled vessels.

The emergency response equipment includes a multi-beam sonar, a DP3 system, a 250-tonne active heave-compensated crane, an A-frame, a moonpool, and hangars and workstations for transporting and control of remotely operated vehicles (ROVs). Other key features include fire-resistant structural panels and a forward helicopter deck.

Construction of Nanhai Jiu 103 was done in compliance to China Classification Society requirements.

Photo: China Classification Society
Nanhai Jiu 103
Type of vessel:Rescue vessel
Classification:China Classification Society
Owner:Ministry of Transport, China
Operator:South China Sea Rescue Bureau, China
Designer:Shanghai Merchant Ship Design and Research Institute, China
Builder:China Merchants Heavy Industry
Length overall:137 metres
Beam:27 metres
Draught:6.8 metres
Deadweight tonnage:6,450
Gross tonnage:14,449
Main engine:14,000 kW
Maximum speed:17.5 knots
Range:16,000 nautical miles
Bollard pull:350 tonnes
Other deck equipment:A-frame
Other equipment installed:Moonpool; ROV hangars; helicopter deck
Operational area:South China Sea

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