The 19M Ambulance Boat, Rygerdoktoren, entered service in July 2002. The operating concept was for a high speed vessel capable of reaching patients throughout the large number of inhabited islands and remote fjords in the Ryfylke area. Built by Brødrene Aa in Hyen Norway she represents the latest technology in carbon fibre sandwich construction. In order to meet the reaction time recommendations of clinical advisors an operating speed of 35 knots and a sustainable top speed of 44 knots was specified. Two 1000HP diesels drive Kamewa water jets giving unprecedented manoeuverability.
The coast of Norway is an unforgiving marine environment and navigating at night, at high speed and on potentially life saving missions presents navigational challenges rarely encountered in commercial operations. The absolute necessity for an accurate, clear and easy to operate navigational system was obvious and high on the operator’s priority list.
Admiral has exceeded all the requirements and expectations. Accurate and clear positional information, full system control via the trackball mounted on the Captain’s armrest, high resolution screen presentation both by day and night. These are some of the main factors which have contributed to much reduced stress levels on the bridge and a higher degree of navigational safety than has ever been previously available.