28 meter class of the DGzRS

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28 m class
The lead ship of the class, the Ernst Meier-Hedde
The lead ship of the class, the Ernst Meier-Hedde
Ship data
flag GermanyGermany Germany
Ship type Rescue cruiser
home port Bremen
Owner German Society for the Rescue of Shipwrecked People
Shipyard Fassmer , Berne
Ship dimensions and crew
27.9 m ( Lüa )
width 6.2 m
Draft Max. 1.95 m
displacement 120  t
crew 4th
Machine system
machine 2 × MTU diesel engines (type: 16V 2000 M72)
performanceTemplate: Infobox ship / maintenance / service format
2,880 kW (3,916 hp)
24 kn (44 km / h)
propeller 2 × propellers
Daughter boat
SK Ernst Meier-Hedde 05 daughter ship Lotte.jpg
Ship data
flag GermanyGermany Germany
Shipyard Fassmer, Berne
Ship dimensions and crew
8.20 m ( Lüa )
width 2.90 m
Draft Max. 0.80 m
displacement 4.3
Machine system
machine 1 × Steyr diesel engine (type: SE 236 E40)
performanceTemplate: Infobox ship / maintenance / service format
170 kW (231 hp)
19 kn (35 km / h)
propeller 1 × propeller

The 28-meter class is the newest class of rescue cruisers (SK) of the German Society for the Rescue of Shipwrecked People (DGzRS). These are gradually replacing the cruisers of the 27.5 m class , the 23.3 m class and the 23.1 m class . So far, four ships are in service, two more cruisers are currently under construction. These are expected to be put into service in 2020 and 2021.


The cruisers are similar in design to the 46 m and 36.5 m class of the DGzRS, but have a fixed daughter boat . The cruiser and daughter boat were designed to be self- erecting and made of seawater-resistant aluminum . Unlike the 27.5 m class, the cruisers are powered by just two diesel engines and propellers and have a closed control station . In addition, they are provided with a bow thruster (75 kW at 1800 / min), a fire pump with a capacity of 220 m³ / h, a remote monitor with 80 m throw, a tow hook, LED - searchlights , mobile bilge pumps , various rescue means modernster radio and navigation technology , an on-board hospital, a galley and living quarters for the crew . The range is up to 800  nautical miles .


The contract to build the first three units of the 28 m class was awarded to the Fassmer shipyard in Berne in October 2013 . In August 2018 the second order for two more cruisers (SK 40/41) was placed with the same shipyard and at the beginning of 2019 another ship (SK 42) was ordered.

The ships

Ernst Meier-Hedde

SK 35: " Ernst Meier-Hedde "

The lead ship of this class was born on 26 May 2014, the DGzRS internal designation SK 35 (yard number 13.01.1865) in Bardenfleth to put Kiel . The shell was completed in October 2014. He was then left briefly to water to him on the Weser after moaning about Verholen . On January 21, 2015, the two main machines were installed, which were financed by donations from the Bremer Eiswette 2014 and 2015. On April 14, 2015, the cruiser was launched for the first time after the interior work. The first test drive on the Outer Weser took place on May 7, 2015.

For the 150th anniversary of the DGzRS on May 30, 2015, the cruiser in Bremerhaven was baptized in the name of the former DGzRS chairman Ernst Meier-Hedde and put into service. Godparents were Karin Fahrenschon, wife of Georg Fahrenschon , President of the German Savings Banks and Giro Association , and Nicole Keller, a granddaughter of Meier-Hedde. The daughter boat was baptized together with the cruiser and was named Lotte after the first name of Meier-Hedde's wife. It has the internal designation TB 39.

Since June 20, 2015, the Ernst Meier-Hedde has been stationed at the Amrum station in Wittdün's sea ​​sign port , replacing the rescue cruiser Vormann Leiss .


SK 36: " Berlin "

The keel laying of the Berlin took place on October 21, 2015 in Bardenfleth (shipyard number 13/1/1875). In March 2016 the shell was completed and moved to Motzen on the Weser for completion. The two engines were installed at the end of July 2016. The cruiser was launched on October 24, 2016. The test drives on the Weser and Outer Weser began on November 22, 2016.

The Berlin was christened on December 17th, 2016 by the actress Meret Becker in Bremen. Contrary to their usual approach, the DGzRS had already announced the name of the cruiser before construction began. Various ships and boats of the DGzRS already bore the name Berlin . This is intended to honor the ties between the German capital and the DGzRS. The daughter boat was named Steppke , like the 1985 daughter boat of the Berlin . The DGzRS internal designation of the cruiser is SK 36, the daughter boat has the internal designation TB 40.

On January 15, 2017, the Berlin was enthusiastically received at the Laboe station . It was officially put into service there on February 4, 2017, replacing the 27.5-meter class cruiser of the same name .

Anneliese Kramer

SK 37: " Anneliese Kramer "

On April 28, 2016, the third ship of the class was laid down under the construction name SK 37 (shipyard number 13/1/1885). The two main engines were installed in February 2017, and it was launched into the water for the first time in April 2017. The test drives on the Lower and Outer Weser began on May 18, 2017.

The cruiser was stationed in Cuxhaven on June 9, 2017 , where it replaced the Hermann Helms . He was baptized on June 10, 2017 in the name of a deceased sponsor who had given the sea rescuers in her estate. This is the first time that a DGzRS rescue cruiser bears the name of a woman. The godmother was the actress Birge Schade . The daughter boat, which was named TB 41 , was christened Mathias , the first name of the patron's father. The godmother was the twelve-year-old Amelie Schleevoigt from Göttingen.


For the cruiser Hamburg (SK 40, shipyard number 18/1/7080), the DGzRS announced the name even before the construction, in order to get as many donors as possible excited about the financing. The keel was therefore laid on March 30, 2019 at Hamburg's Jungfernstieg . In August 2019 the building shell was completed and on the Weser from Bardenfleth to Motzen hauled . The cruiser was launched on February 19, 2020. In March 2020, the tests took place on the Weser and in the North Sea. With the flag change on April 22, 2020, the ship was handed over to the Fassmer shipyard. On the same day, the cruiser ran to its deployment station in Borkum and replaced the Alfried Krupp there. The first use took place one day later on April 23, 2020.

The christening was originally supposed to take place on April 19, 2020 at the Hamburg Elbphilharmonie , but was moved to the DGzRS headquarters in Bremen on July 28, 2020 due to the corona crisis. The daughter boat, which was built under the internal name TB 44 , was given the name of the Hamburg district of St. Pauli , which was chosen during an Internet vote. Godparents were the boat unionist and presenter Anke Harnack and Charlotte Haack, the daughter of a distress Savior. In memory of the Hamburg actor and former boatman Jan Fedder , who died in December 2019 , his portrait was placed on the cruiser's control stand.

SK 41

The fifth cruiser was laid down in September 2019 (hull number 18/1/7090). In February 2020, the shell was moved from Bardenfleth to Motzen on the Weser. The christening is planned for the turn of the year 2020/2021, after which the cruiser will be stationed in Grömitz and will replace the rescue cruiser Hans Hackmack there . The name has not yet been determined. The daughter boat has the internal designation TB 45 .

SK 42

The sixth cruiser was laid down at the Fassmer shipyard on March 12, 2020 (hull number 19/1/7100). It is to go into service in 2021 and replace the rescue cruiser Theo Fischer at the Darßer Ort station . The daughter boat is built under the internal name TB 46 .

Web links


  • This is how a modern rescue cruiser is created . In: Daily port report from November 20, 2015, p. 4

Individual evidence

  1. Sea rescuers commission type ship for new 28-meter class , DGzRS press release, October 7, 2013.
  2. ^ Successful test drive , DGzRS press release, May 8, 2015.
  3. The DGzRS has always referred to the 1st board as the "chairman"
  4. Large ship parade for the anniversary of the sea rescue service on the Weser in front of Bremerhaven , DGzRS press release, May 30, 2015.
  5. ^ New rescue cruiser BERLIN laid down , press release of the DGzRS, October 21, 2015.
  6. Shipyard diary SK 36
  7. Youtube: BERLIN (SK 36) | Weser height Brake Unterweser
  8. The new rescue cruiser will be called BERLIN again , DGzRS press release, October 9, 2015.
  9. New rescue cruiser BERLIN moored at its Laboe station for the first time, dgzrs.de, January 15, 2017
  10. New sea rescue cruiser laid down for station Cuxhaven. German Society for the Rescue of Shipwrecked People, April 28, 2016, accessed on April 29, 2016 .
  11. Seenotretter / DGzRS: New sea rescue cruiser laid on keel for station Cuxhaven. Schiffsjournal, April 28, 2016, accessed April 29, 2016 .
  12. 4,000 HP for use on the North Sea , German Society for the Rescue of Shipwrecked People, February 28, 2017.
  13. Shoo, shoo into the water! , German Society for the Rescue of Shipwrecked People, April 28, 2017
  14. Actress Birge Schade names the new rescue cruiser for the Cuxhaven station , German Society for Rescue of Shipwrecked People, June 10, 2017.
  15. Donation maneuver: HAMBURG becomes sea rescue! August 17, 2018. Retrieved August 18, 2018 .
  16. 2000 people saved - last trip for "Alfried Krupp". April 23, 2020, accessed April 24, 2020 .
  17. Ship collides with wind turbine. In: Zeit Online. April 24, 2020, accessed April 24, 2020 .
  18. dgzrs.de: HAMBURG and ST. PAULI - online competition decided on the name of the daughter boat - new construction financed exclusively through donations
  19. Voting on the daughter boat name
  20. Alongside, 04/2018
  21. New rescue cruiser for DGzRS station Grömitz laid on Kiel. September 12, 2019, accessed September 14, 2019 .
  22. New rescue cruiser laid down for DGzRS station in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania. March 12, 2020, accessed March 13, 2020 .