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Delivery of Rapid Intervention Vessel Alert built by Remontowa S.A. for Trinity House

The signing of delivery documents related to Rapid Intervention Vessel Alert took place on Monday, April 10, 2006, followed by British flag hoisting and a small delivery celebration meeting of the representatives of parties involved in the construction of vessel at its bridge. RIV Alert was built at Northern Shipyard, part of REMONTOWA Group for Trinity House, United Kingdom. On the next morning, the ship departed for Harwich.

The vessel is equipped with 3000 kW main engines and is 52.5 tonnes deadweight. She has twin CCP drives, bow thrusters and a dynamic positioning system. Alert is a coastal working vessel and will, in addition to maintaining aids to navigation, provide a fast response to incidents and carry out emergency wreck marking and hydrographic survey services. Her primary area of operation will be the busy shipping routes of the Dover Strait, English Channel and Southern North Sea.

The Alert marks the first stage of an investment of Ł38 million on three new vessels by the General Lighthouse Authorities (GLA’s) of the United Kingdom and Ireland. The contract, signed on March 11, 2004 in London, with the Remontowa S.A. called for the construction and delivery of two 82 m Multi-Function Tenders (MFTs), one for Northern Lighthouse Board (Pharos) and one for Trinity House (to be named Galatea) – both to be delivered by the end of 2006 / early 2007, as well as one 35 m Rapid Intervention Vessel (RIV) for Trinity House (Alert). The ships are being built to the high technical standards demanded by the General Lighthouse Authorities for the exacting operations they conduct around our coast.

The tendering process to select the shipyard to build the vessels followed the requirements of the EU Procurement Directives. Remontowa SA have won the contract in fierce competition with five premier European yards.

Main particulars:

Length o.a. 39.30 m
Length b.p. 34.20 m
Breadth moulded 8.00 m
Depth moulded to Main Deck 4.00 m
Depth moulded to Forecastle Deck 5.20 m
Design Draft 2.40 m
Draft Scantling 2.60 m
Air Draught 18.00 m

Delivery follows launching of Alert, outfitting and extensive programme of sea trials performed during March 2006. On Tuesday, 11 October 2005, Mrs Janet Melson, wife of Peter Melson, Director of Operations and Asset Management at Trinity House, launched the new Trinity House Rapid Intervention Vessel Alert in front of a large gathering at the Stocznia Remontowa SA shipbuilders yard in Gdansk, Poland.

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