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Postby shipstamps » Tue Sep 23, 2008 5:46 pm

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The Swedish Post Bulletin 2/2007 gives by these issues.


The Swedish Sea Rescue Society (SSRS), as it is called today, is a voluntary organization. It has 1500 rescue volunteers at 65 sea rescue stations, and has more than 120 boats around Sweden.
The Swedish Sea Rescue Society handles around 70% of all sea rescues. The Society has around 1000 missions a year and rescues approximately 50 boats a year from mortal danger.
Swedish sea rescues are organized by the Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre (MRCC) in Göteborg. Their main task is to receive alarms, decide on a suitable response and to rescue people in peril on the seas. This also includes transporting sick patients from vessels. The MRCC is manned round the clock and continuously monitors the international emergency frequency.
The three coil stamps in the issues show pictures closely associated with sea rescue past and present.

The SEK 5.50 stamp of this set shows us a Victoria-Class lifeboat with one the background a seachart most probably of a part of the Swedish coast.
The class is built by Malövarvet yard at Kungsviken, Sweden for the SSRS.

It is a self-righting all-weather lifeboat, which boat of this class is depicted is not given.
Displacement 12.5 ton, dim. 11.80 x 3.70 x 0.90m. (draught).
Powered by two waterjets manufactured by KaMeWa, driven by two 450hp engines, manufactured by Scania or two 500hp engines manufactured by Volvo Penta, speed 38 knots.
Fuel capacity 1.400 litres, with a consumption of 200 litres an hour.
Endurance 10 hour.
Towing capacity 2.5 ton.
Crew 3 – 4 persons.

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