Alusafe 2000 -
Numbering System and
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de Salvamento y Seguridad Maritima was created on 24/11/92 by the Laws of the
Ports of the State and the Merchant Marine - SASEMAR commenced operations in
March 1993 taking over from the then regionally controlled Salvamento Maritima
operations to provide a centrally run service.
Centrales and the Centro Nacional de Coordinacion de Salvamento are based in
Madrid and have 21 Centro de Coordinacion de Salvamento (CCS) stations based along
Spain’s 8,000 km coastline. In the north these are situated at Vigo, Finisterre
Porto do Son),
A Coruńa, Gijón, Santander and Bilbao. In the south the centres range from
Huelva in the southeast to Cádiz, Tarífa, Algeciras and Almería before moving up
the eastern coast from Cartagena to Valencia, Castellón, Tarragona, Barcelona,
Palamós and Palma, and Las Palmas and Tenerife in the Canaries. The additional bases around the coast report
directly to their appropriate centre. There are also six "Bases Estrategicas"
spread throughout Spain for holding the equipment, provisions and materials for
all the boats, these are situated at: A Coruňa, Madrid, Castellón, Tenerife,
Santander, Seville and Madrid with an additional one to be opened at Cartagena
(replacing Madrid). In addition to the listing below the Cruz
Roja (Red Cross) rescue launches, of which around 327 are in use operating from
51 First Aid Posts for Sea-Rescue along the coastline, also some times wear the SM badge.
In March 2006 an
announcement was made regarding the €1.022m SASEMAR plans for the period 2006-2009:
these included the opening of 10 new bases and the acquisition of a further 16 of
the Alusafe 200/20m class (10 for the new bases and 6 to replace some
of the older vessels). A total of 10 new tugs would be constructed, owned and
operated during the period comprising the second of the SASEMAR 1-class, the two
SASEMAR 2-class and the seven SASEMAR 3-class. It was also released that a new class of 10 launches.
later reduced to 4, of
25/30m would be purchased while the Helimer service would receive a total of 10
new rescue helicopters (Augusta-WHL US-139’s). A total of 4 CASA/EADS
CN-235-300 Persuader’s would be purchased/leased (3 in operation and 1 in
reserve) and in the interim period 3 Beechcraft Baron B55’s would be used until
the new aircraft are available. In September 2007 it was revealed that the four new SASEMAR 3-class tugs, each of
900-tons, that were under construction in Union Naval in Valencia would replace some of
the older chartered ships, the first of which, Maria De Maeztu, was delivered in
early 2008 to Bilbao while the Maria Zambrano (BS-22) followed in May 2008 to
Cádiz. It was announced in late 2008 that the plans covering the 2010-2016 were
to be introduced with an increased budget of 1,695 Euro's. in December 2015
another 2 Alusafe 2100s were ordered to supplement/replace earlier vessels.
The first two of the new bases to be
opened under the 2006-2009 planning were in the Canary Islands one at La
Restinga on the island of Hierro when the Salvamar Alphecca moved across from
Tenerife and the other on San Sebastian de la Gomero in mid 2006. This was
followed by a third on the south coast at Barbate between Tarífa and Cádiz in November 2006. The basing process was developed around the
requirement to have a rescue launch on station anywhere on the Spanish coastline
15-miles out to sea in 75-minutes of an alert. Later that year a station was stood up at Porto Colom on
the eastern coast of Mallorca and in about May 2007 the Salvamar Aldebaran moved
from Burriana/Castellón to the new base at Ciudadela on the west coast of Menorca
when the new Salvamar Sabik arrived. In June 2007 the Salvamar Castor moved to
the newly established Rosas base and the next month Salvamar Vega moved from
Málaga, having been replaced by one of the new launches, to the newly
established station at Estepona. In November 2007 the Salvamar Sargadelos made
the journey from Burela (Lugo) in the north of Spain to Ribeira in southern
Galicia, again having been replaced by a new vessel. The ninth of the new bases was established at Bilbao in June 2008 with the arrival of the
2008-built Salvamar Alcyone. In the 2010-16 plans new bases were set up San Juan
in Tenerife and another very near Malaga El Puerto de La Caleta de
a de Vélez.In mid-2011 a new base was established at El Ferrol.
On 06/05/05 it was revealed that the Spanish Government had placed an 82.4m-euro order for three
CN235-300’s for operation by SASEMAR on SAR and anti-pollution duties. By mid-late 2006 there were leased three Beech Baron 55’s (EC-COF, COG and COH) in service
later being joined by a fourth example (EC-CDF) by 2007: “Serviola Uno” based at
Gando AFB on Gran Canaria, “Serviola Dos” based at Almería on the South Coast
and “Serviola Tres” at Santiago de Compostela in Northern Spain (by 2008 only
the Almería based aircraft remained). In mid-late 2007 it
was announced that the "Serviola Dos" which covers the South-Eastern area
was the first to be replaced/augmented by the first CN-235 EC-KEK/101 "Isabel de Villena". The
Santiago de Compostela based CN-235 EC-KEL/102 is named "Rosalia de Castro" while the Canaries based
example EC-KEM/103 is named after the local writer "Josefina de la Torre
One of SASEMAR's new CASA-235's "101"
still carrying it's Test Registration EC-235. (Photo Sasemar/EADS)
The second aircraft of the order "102"
carrying its test registration EC-027 (Photo by Oses Angel)
Seen at Las Palmas, EC-KEM "103", on
08/06/07 a day after it entered service (Photo by Tomas)
Another view of EC-KEM at Melilla
(Photo Bruno Cleries)
Beech 55 Baron operated by Senasa on
behalf of SASEMAR (Author, Location and Date unknown, let me know someone!)
Helicopters currently on strength comprising three Sikorsky S-61N’s, EC-FZJ/208? (c/n
61-758), EC-FTB/209 (61-741) and EC-FVO/210? (61-756), two SA-365-N2 Dauphin’s, EC-HIM
(c/n 6478) and EC-HCL (c/n 6416) plus AW-139's, EC-KLM/201 (c/n 31???), EC-KLN/202
(c/n 31202), EC-KLV/203 (c/n 31205)
and EC-KJT/20? (c/n 31104) which are allocated as follows:
||Palma de Mallorca
Helimer Andalusia EC-FTB
over Europa Point Gibraltar (Photo N. Rush)
EC-FTB pictured 14/08/07 during the
rescue of the crew from the sinking "New Flame" (Photo by D. Ferro)
EC-FMZ S-61N (Photo by Pacodime)
Helimer Alboran Bell-212 EC-GXA at
Almeria, now sold (Photo by Pacodime)
The Salvamento Maritima SA365-N2
Dauphin EC-HIM (c/n 6478) (Location unknown, "In the Air", Photo via D. Ferro)
On 8th February 2006
it was announced that Westland-Augusta had been awarded an initial contract from
SASEMAR to build three US-139’s especially for SAR work. An additional order for
a further two AW US-139's (A total of ten helicopters are planned) was placed by SASEMAR on 09/10/07 taking orders for
the twin-engined helicopter to more then 280 examples from more the 80 different
commercial, Government and military customers around the world. The first two
examples "Helimer 201 and 202" were handed over on 07/12/07 with the third
"Helimer 203" being delivered to Galicia on 14/03/08. "Helimer
204" was delivered to Santander 18/06/08 replacing a AS-365N2 Dauphin.
Under the 2006-2009 plan four more helicopter bases are to be established.
The first AW-139 for SASEMAR, EC-KLM
"Helimer 201" pictured on a test flight prior to delivery (Photo Augusta-Westland).
The second AW-139, EC-KLN "Helimer 202" seen
at the handover of the first two helicopters at AW's Vergiate Plant on 07/12/07,
this aircraft later departed to its new base in Tenerife.
The following photographs are credited
to Airliners.com. I cannot contact each author due to visual disability as the
site will not allow me to contact them due to the sites requirement to insert a
code which I cannot physically read. Sorry, if you do not wish to have your
photo on this site please contact me. Many thanks.
In 2014 it was
announced that a Eurocopter EC-225 Super Puma would be purchased to replace the
Sea King, it wore the registration EC-MCR and Helimer 401. It is based at La
This page would not have been possible without the
dedication of the photographers over at
www.fotosdebarcos.com who have kindly allowed me to use their pictures. Also this page
should be taken as a tribute to all at SASEMAR who risk their lives on a daily
basis in order to help those at risk at sea around the Spanish Coastline:
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All numbers removed from 2009
SASEMAR 1 Class:
||Luz de Mar
||Miguel de Cervantes
BS-12 Luz de Mar taken in Northern Spain in 2006 before moving
to Tenerife (Photo by Romarin)
Algeciras based BS-21 Miguel de Cervantes rounds Europa Point, Gibraltar in
September 2006 (Photo N. Rush)
Luz de Mar was
built and launched as Ecosar Boreal (ex-Armon Vigo 42) and fitted out at Vigo.
Miguel de Cervantes is ex- Ecosar Austral/Armon Vigo 43 and was first noted in
Algeciras 01/06. The Luz de Mar (BS-12) moved from A Coruňa to Tenerife when the new Don Inda entered service and
was re-numbered BS-41.
||ARibeira/Zona de Galicia.
||Alicante/Zona del Mediterraneo.
BS-11 Don Inda pictured in A Coruna
2006 (Photo by Romarin)
The Maria Zambrano prior to being
renamed Clara Campoamor (Photo Zamakona)
BS-32 Clara Campoamor, normally based
in Palma, but pictured at Valencia in May 2007 (Photo by Socaire)
BS-32 Clara Campoamor pictured off
Algeciras in September 2007 (Photo by Juan)
BS-32 Clara Campoamor off Europa
Point, Gibraltar on a very grey choppy day 10/02/08 (Photo N. Rush)
Don Inda was
launched 28/03/06 (ex-Zamakona 618) and the Clara Campoamor is ex-Maria Zambrano
619. In the plans for 2006-2009 it was announced that a total of ten
tugs/salvage vessels would be owned and in operation by SASEMAR of which seven
were to be new build ships. Four are to be based in Galicia/Cantabria, two in
"Sur Estrecho", one in the Canaries and three in the Mediterranean. In early
April 2007 the Carla Campoamor (BS-32) was noted on exercise off of the East
side of Gibraltar with the Miguel de Cervantes, this was a confirmation that
this was a renaming of the Marian Zambrano (see below).
SASEMAR 3-class (900t) - 39.7 x 12.5
||Maria de Maeztu
||Santander/Zona del Cantabrico.
||Cádiz. Zona Sur.
||Palma/Zona de Baleares.
||Almeria/Zona de Andalucia-Oriental.
||A Corunna/Zona de Galicia
||Cartegena/Zona de Levante.
UNV461 and UNV462 under construction
at Valencia in September 2007 (Photo by Socaire)
......and four weeks later almost at
launch stage (Photo by Socaire)
........UNV461 (top) and UNV462 (bottom),
into the water they go!!! 26th October 2007 (Photos by Socaire)
UNV463 seen alongside in Valencia on
20/01/08 (Photo by Tino)
Maria de Maeztu (ex-UNV461) seen in
Valencia during February 2008 (Photo by Socaire)
Maria Zambrano (ex-UNV462)
photographed off Valencia 15/04/08 (Photo by Socaire)
Maria Pita (BS-14,ex-UNV463) in
Algeciras 29/0708 on delivery to Northern Spain (Photo by Juan)
UNV464 on the slipway at Valencia
16/04/08 (Photo by Socaire)
Now named Marta Mata the ex-UNV464 is
seen in Valencia 03/05/08 (Photo by Socaire)
The Marta Mata seen alongside in
Valencia on 16/08/08 (Photo by Socaire)
SAR Mastillero seen en-route to
Almeria in 2009 (Photo by Juan)
SAR Gavia photographed at A Corruna in
2009 (Photo by Romarin)
The Cartagena-based SAR Mesana seen at
Valencia in 2011 (Photo by Tino)
Constructed at Union Naval
Maria de Maeztu is ex-UNV461 and is IMO 9429091, Maria Zambrano is ex-UNV462 and is IMO 9429106
and was delivered via Algeciras in late May 2008. The Maria Pita is ex-UNV463 and has been allocated
IMO 9429118. Marta Mata is ex-UNV464, IMO9429120 and was laid down 14/11/07. The first,
Maria de Maeztu,
was delivered via Algeciras 10-12/04/08, arriving in Marin 13/04/08 en-route to
Bilbao becoming BS-13 by July 2008. The second, Maria Zambrano, was numbered BS-22 (SASEMAR Relief Fleet
allocation) and is currently operating around Barbate on the south coast between
Cadiz and Tarifa. The Maria Pita (BS-14) was delivered via Algeciras on
29/07/08 to Marin. Marta Mata was due to go to A Coruňa
in late 2008 but instead was numbered BS-33 in October indicating its
Mediterranean basing! Three more of the class were ordered by SASEMAR in an announcement
made on 17/07/08, all to be constructed by UNV.
||Alonso de Chaves
||Gi(Ex BS-11) Ribadeo/Zona de la Cantabrico.
||Tarragona/Zona del Meditteraneo.
||Las Palmas/Zona Canarias
Newly renumbered as BS-12 the Alonso de
Chaves (Photo by Senelero)
The Punta Mayor pictured in Barcelona in
2006 (Photo by Nacho)
Seen in Tenerife in 2006 is the BS-42
Punta Salinas (Photo by Maritime)
Alonso de Chaves is
owned by the Spanish Government and operated by Remolques Maritimo, Punta Mayor
and Punta Salinas are owned and operated by Remolques Maritimo on behalf of
SASEMAR. The Punta Mayor was replaced as BS-21 in Algeciras and was noted as
BS-31 in the Bay of Gibraltar with the new number on 28/01/06. She has since
left and was noted in Barcelona in 03/06. The Alonso de Chaves has now been
replaced as BS-11 by the new Don Inda and has taken up the BS-12
slot vacated by Luz de Mar. The Punta Mayor (BS-31) was noted 08/06/07 off Cádiz
turning north, apparently heading for Vigo but noted back in Barcelona during
Britannia Uno pictured on a recent 2007
visit to Las Palmas (Photo by Eyeglass/FdB)
Owned by Naviera Aries of Sant Carles de
Rapita, it is reported that this vessel is operating off the West African Coast
with a small embarked unit of Guardia Civil Officers in support of anti-illegal
immigrant operations. Reports also suggest that the Spanish Government are
attempting to purchase this vessel outright. T
Ibaizabal Uno at its base in A Coruna in
2007 (Photo by JuanMTC)
Owned and operated
by Remolcadores Ibaizabal on behalf of SASEMAR. Both vessels havenow been taken
||Bilbao - replaced.
||Marín - replaced.
Ibaizabal Dos pictured at Gijon in 2007 (Photo by Serviola)
Ibaizabal Tres, believed to be at Marin in 2006 (Photo by
Owned and operated by Ibaizabal
Petronor for SASEMAR. Ibaizabal Dos was replaced at Bilbao by the new SASEMAR-3
tug, Maria Maeztu, in April 2008, reported at Marin 20/06/08 and off of the east
coast of Spain in early July 2008. Ibaizabal Tres was replaced later in
2008 by the third of the new class and was noted back in the Mediterranean 0n
Both vessels have now been taken off charter.
||Ria de Vigo
||Tarragona to Palma. Off charter to SASEMAR September 2008, to EMSA.
Both boats have been taken off charter,
Ria de Vigo in Ibiza in early 2007 (Photo by Esparray)
Remolcanosa Cinco in 2007, possibly at Marín (Photo by JMBC)
Remolcanosa Ochenta at Motril in 2007 (Photo by Nani)
Owned and operated by Remolcanosan
Nosa on behalf of SASEMAR, the Pau de Luz is believed to have gone off Charter
when the Luz de Mar entered service, and the Remolcanosa Ochento went off
charter in 2008. The Ria de Vigo left Palma in September for a dry-docking in
Vigo and has now gone off charter following the delivery of the new
Marta Mata and commenced a new contract with the European Maritime Safety
||Cartagena Taken off charter.
VB Antarctico pictured at Valencia May 2007 (Photo by Socaire)
Owned and operated by the Boluda Group for SASEMAR but it
is uncertain if it is still on full charter. The former Canaries based Boluda Mistral,
last reported as Las Palmas
based in 12/05, has gone off charter, and the Golfo de Rosas (ex-Las Palmas) was sold in Mexico in
||Santa Cruz de Tenerife. Taken off charter.
The Punta Tarifa off of the Canary Islands (Photo by
Chartered in 2006 and based in the
Canary Islands to help in the attempt to stem the tide of illegal immigrants
from the African Coast. Owned and operated by CIRESA in support of SASEMAR
operations. Not current in 2008.
Along the northern coastline of
Spain the tugs are assigned to the areas "Noroeste and Cantábrico"
while Cádiz is classed as "Mediterráneo Suboccidental". Algeciras and Cartagena
come under "Mediterráneo Sur", Malaga "Mediterráneo Suroriental", Palma is
referred to as "Mediterráneo Central", Tarragona as "Mediterráneo Norte" and
the Canaries simply as "Canaries".
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