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Astilleros Zamakona builds the first Maritime Rescue ship equipped to operate with drones

Its delivery is scheduled for October 2023 and has involved an investment of 52.5 million euros

The Zamakona Shipyards are working on the construction of a new deep-sea tugboat, specialized in rescuing human life at sea. The Maritime Rescue ship (Sasemar), which does not yet have a name, is the first ship that will be able to operate with drones in searches at sea, which makes it unique in its fleet.

The Sasemar ship is being built at the Santurtzi plant, in the port of Bilbao, launching is scheduled for February 2023 and final delivery in October of the same year. In addition, it has involved an investment of 52.5 million euros. Its construction is framed in the National Rescue Plan 2021-2024 -of the General Directorate of the Merchant Marine and Maritime Rescue-, which was approved last December and has as its objective the modernization of the means, in order to provide a service effective and efficient.

What makes it unique within the fleet is that it is the first ship that will be able to operate with drones in searches at sea. It includes a flight deck for drones of up to 9 meters and a hangar with simultaneous capacity for two drones, which improves the ability to handle all situations faced in Maritime Rescue.

(Source: Crónica Vasca)

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