Tuesday, 14 September 2010


One of the most advanced vessels in the world was seen passing Lunderston Bay as she made her way upriver to Glasgow. The Norwegian Coastguard Offshore Patrol Vessel BARENTSHAV was here to embark the NATO submarine rescue system that has previously been seen deployed on similar vessels. BARENTSHAV was completed for the Norwegian Navy, of whom the Coastguard forms part, by Myklebust Verft using a hull built in Romania, and delivered in August 2009. She is equipped with a hybrid diesel/liquified petroleum gas power plant to reduce pollution and can achieve a maximum speed of around 20 knots. Part of her duties involve emergency towage and BARENTSHAV has a bollard pull of 100 tonnes. The first of three identical ships, she is 92 metres long and is usually stationed in northern Norway.