Portuguese Navy buys RescueRunner search and rescue systems

The Portuguese Navy has acquired two RescueRunner systems to be fitted on two new 15-meter sea rescue vessels currently under construction at the Portuguese yard Arsenal do Alfeite S.A..

The RescueRunner systems will be installed on the aft deck of these vessels and used for search and rescue.

According to systems manufacturer Safe at Sea, the order includes two RescueRunners, two launch-and-recovery cradles, training, installation and sea-trial tests.

The Portuguese Navy will be receiving the systems in the first and third quarter of 2018. Portuguese navy operators of the systems are set to start training in the spring 2018 in Lisbon, Portugal.

“The Portuguese Navy have historically used competitor PWC (personal water crafts) brands in their operations but after trying the RescueRunner system last summer here in the rough Swedish archipelago which has similarities with the Portuguese coastline, they became both impressed and very interested in the robust and flexible system we offer,” Safe at Sea CEO Kaj Lehtovaara.

The company said the contract for the two systems and associated services is worth 107,770 EUR.

The systems will be installed aboard the 15-meter search and rescue vessels currently being built at Arsenal do Alfeite, S.A.