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Hans Hansson

Specifications ~ Layout ~ Accommodation ~ Saloon ~ VIP Cabins ~ Passenger Cabins ~ Galley ~ Wheelhouse ~ Deck ~ Machinery ~ Applications

Hans Hansson was built in Norway in 1960 for the Norwegian Lifeboat Association as the Rescue Cruiser Skomvaer II. For 25 years she operated in the North Sea and Barents Sea assisting 704 vessels and saving 106 lives. In 1986 Skomvaer II was bought by the Swedish Lifeboat Association and completely refitted. Modifications included extra ice strengthening for operation in the Baltic Sea. In 1988 she was re-launched as Hans Hansson and during the following ten years assisted 243 vessels and rescued 55 people.

In 1998 Hans Hansson was decommissioned and sold into private ownership. A major refit in 2005 saw her superstructure extended, systems upgraded and interior renewed to provide comfortable accommodation for twelve passengers and six crew. Her original rescue vessels seakeeping qualities have not been compromised and she is ideally suited for extended voyages in comfort and safety anywhere in the world.


Flag / Class: British / DNV +1A1 ICE-C
Dimensions: LOA 26.5 m, LWL 23.30 m, beam 7.1 m, draft 3.4 m
Tonnage: Register 145.78 tons, Displacement 230 tons
Construction: Ice strengthened steel hull, aluminium superstructure
Machinery: BergenDiesel 525 bhp @ 312 rpm, variable pitch propeller
Ulstein 100 bhp variable pitch bowthruster
2x Volvo 47.5kW, 380/220V generators for auxiliary power, hydraulics, pumps
Onan silent 24kW 380/220V generator for domestic power service
Watermaker 6 tons/day
Tanks: Fuel 48 tons, Potable water 15 tons, Blackwater 5 tons
Speed: 11 knots maximum, 9 knots cruise

8,000 nautical miles / 40 days at cruising speed

Navigation: GPS positioning, electronic chart software
2 radars
2 fluxgate compasses
2 magnetic compasses
Communication: DSC VHF radio, DSC HF radio, Inmarsat M and GSM phone, fax, data
Safety: Foam/water fire pump 2,200 ltr/min, bilge pump 1,500 ltr/min, Fire detection system
FM200 halon fire suppressant
2x 12 person liferafts
Immersion suits, lifejackets


1: VIP cabins, twin berth with ensuite bathroom
2: Main passenger saloon
3: Central lobby
4: Captains cabin, twin berth with ensuite bathroom
5: Galley
6: Crews mess

Aft lobby & laundry

8: Crew cabins, single berth
9: Passenger cabins, twin berth
10: Bathrooms, shower, sink, toilet
11: Engineers cabin, twin berth with ensuite bathroom


The interior of Hans Hansson has been entirely rebuilt with modern lining materials. Where possible the original doors and fittings were reused so as to retain the original character of the rescue cruiser. All domestic appliances were replaced. Today she is equipped as a comfortable yet functional expedition vessel. Creature comforts include central heating, washing machine, tumble dryer and flushing toilets. The layout places all passenger accommodation in the forward half of the vessel and separate from the crew working areas aft which include the galley with separate crews mess, laundry and access to machinery spaces and storage.



Forward of the central lobby is the main passenger saloon which extends for the full width of the vessel at main deck level. There is seating for 16 at two tables and plenty of room to move around in. To starboard is a servery/kitchenette area for the passengers own use with sink, hot water boiler, fridge and toaster. To port is a small library area with TV, DVD player and stereo. Access forward is to the two VIP cabins.


VIP Cabins:

Forward of the saloon are two spacious ensuite cabins at main deck level. Each has twin bunks, office, wardrobe and a walk in bathroom with shower, washbasin and toilet. All cabins have carpeted floors, natural light from portholes, AC power sockets and central heating.


Passenger Cabins:

On a central corridor are four twin berth passenger cabins and two single berth crew cabins. These all share two large bathrooms on this same level. Each cabin has a desk, wardrobe, couch and washbasin. All cabins have carpeted floors, natural light from portholes, AC power sockets and central heating.



Just aft of the central lobby is the galley. Equipment includes an induction hob, microwave and convection ovens, dishwasher, fridge and freezer. Leading off the galley is a small mess area where crew can relax independently from the main passenger saloon.



Accessed by a stairway from the central lobby, the wheelhouse is large enough to contain most of the vessels company whilst keeping watch on the outside world. Doors port and starboard open onto the upper boat deck.



The foredeck provides an excellent viewing platform overlooking the bow of the vessel. Aft of the wheelhouse is the boat deck with a 5.4m RIB to port and room for a selection of tenders to starboard.

The side decks have a gate in the bulwarks and less than 1 metre freeboard makes boarding the tenders easy. The aft deck is the main "working deck" area of the vessel and has plenty of room for diving operations, handling equipment or just standing around prior to boarding the tenders from the side decks. A hatch provides direct access to the aft hold and a door into the aft lobby. The 2 ton deck crane on the boat deck above can also handle loads from this area.



The original Bergen Diesel main engine represents the ultimate in reliability in marine diesel technology. This is the type of engine that will run forever and outlive the ship. In keeping with the rescue cruisers need for reliability there is no reverse or reduction gear, manouverability is provided by controlling the pitch of the constantly turning propellor. The propellor itself is protected from ice and debris by large deflector fins. This and 16mm steel plating in the bow makes the Hans Hansson particularly suited for navigating in areas of ice.

The two large Volvo auxiliaries are primarily used for running pumps and powering the hydraulics for bowthruster and windlass. For onboard power generation there is a soundproofed Onan genset in a separate generator room.



Hans Hansson can accommodate up to 12 passengers and 6 crew in comfort and safety. Her rescue cruiser heritage gives her outstanding seakeeping abilities. With a range of 8000 nautical miles or 40 days at cruising speed, she can carry out lengthy expeditions anywhere in the world. The ice-strengthened hull makes her ideal for polar regions.

She is both a large vessel and a small one; big enough to have the comfort and capability of a large ship yet small enough to work close inshore to uncharted casts and provide specialised itineraries and flexibility in day to day operations.

Hans Hansson is perfect for accessing remote environments without the cost and limitations of a larger vessel. Her potential applications include:

  • Film crews, especially large productions with extensive equipment
  • Expeditions, diving, mountaineering
  • Science, access to polar regions and oceans
  • Tourism, specialist groups such as photographers and bespoke tours

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