Portuguese yard Arsenal do Alfeite has awarded a new contract to Sweden-based boat builder Safe at Sea to supply RescueRunner systems for the Portuguese Navy.

Under the terms of the deal, Safe at Sea will deliver two RescueRunners, two launch-and-recovery cradles, training, installation and sea-trial tests for the navy.

Arsenal do Alfeite is currently constructing two new 15m-long Sea Rescue vessels for the Portuguese Navy.

To be deployed for carrying out search-and-rescue (SAR) operations, the latest RescueRunner systems will be installed on the aft deck of the two vessels.

Developed in collaboration with the Swedish Sea Rescue Society, Safe at Sea’s RescueRunner is a small, close-range rescue craft used to save lives at sea.

Its small size is best suited for one single person to operate. The powerful system can easily get into water by means of a simple drive-through cradle and can handle operations at heavy seas better than the conventional rescue boats.

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“With a total order value of €107,770, the current contract will enable Safe at Sea to commence operations in a new market and for a new governmental authority.”

Safe at Sea chief executive officer Kaj Lehtovaara said: “The Portuguese Navy have historically used competitor PWC (personal watercrafts) 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.”

As part of the contract, Safe at Sea will carry out the deliveries in phases divided between the first quarter and the third quarter of next year.

The first RescueRunner system and cradle will be supplied in January.

During the first quarter next year, the boat-building company will provide the required RescueRunner training to the Portuguese Navy operators at site in Lisbon.

With a total order value of €107,770, the current contract will enable Safe at Sea to commence operations in a new market and for a new governmental authority.