Red Sea Global orders two Hydrolift P45 FireFighter models.

In recent years, Hydrolift has expanded its focus areas from high-speed leisure boats to include vessels for the professional market and electric city ferries. This initiative, forged through an extensive collaboration with The Norwegian Sea Rescue Society, has already yielded several Search and Rescue (SAR) vessels actively patrolling the Norwegian coastline.

Utilizing a modular platform, the Hydrolift yard can customize boats and vessels for professional applications, with a particular emphasis on areas such as fire protection.

Red Sea Global

Red Sea Global (RSG) is one of the world’s most visionary developers, wholly owned by the Public Investment Fund (PIF) of Saudi Arabia. Red Sea Global is a new model of development, putting people and planet first and leveraging the most innovative concepts and technologies to deliver projects that actively enhance the well-being of customers, communities, and environments.

The Red Sea destination is a brand-new luxury regenerative tourism destination along the west coast of Saudi Arabia surrounded by the world’s fourth-largest barrier reef system. The destination has over 28,000-square-kilometers with an archipelago of more than 90 untouched islands, pristine beaches, dormant volcanos, sweeping desert dunes, mountain canyons and historical cultural sites.

The fire vessels are designated for use in conjunction with a seaplane harbour, with the primary goal of guaranteeing safety through the swift deployment of high-speed vessels.

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Renders of Hydrolift P45: Eker Design

Hydrolift P45 FireFighter

The groundbreaking Hydrolift P45 FireFighter, featuring a versatile modular design, empowers clients to effortlessly customize it for a wide range of missions. The hull, driveline, and architecture are based upon the field proven P42 platform, which has been in service for over seven years. Leveraging pre-engineered module systems facilitates efficient production and enables short delivery schedules, even for larger series.

All vessels are built in Fredrikstad, Norway, and delivered with customer-specific configurations.

The Assignment

The two Hydrolift P45 FireFighter models will feature state-of-the-art navigation equipment and essential accessories, including VHF, dual chart plotters, radar, and an on-board thermal imaging camera. The vessel is equipped with a wireless intercom system, integrating radio communication for all personnel.

The fire vessels are additionally outfitted with two PTO-driven water cannons boasting capacities of 10,000 and 3,000 liters per minute respectively, along with a foam tank for injection into both cannons and a sizable dry-chemical rig. To ensure stability during assignments, Dynamic Positioning (DP) technology from Kongsberg Maritime is incorporated, which also provides the water-jet propulsion.

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The former model platform P42 FireFighter – Photo Glenn Røkeberg

Enhancing maneuverability, custom interceptors enable the vessel to respond swiftly to emergency calls. Furthermore, the low freeboard in the aft facilitates easier sea rescues during missions. Production started December 2023, and the first vessel is expected to be delivered during winter 2024.

“We are thrilled that Hydrolift and Eker Group have been chosen as the suppliers for this prestigious assignment! The dynamic synergy of Team Eker is poised to unveil cutting-edge fire vessels that will not only bolster fire protection but also attract attention at this exciting new destination.”

-Bard Eker // CEO Hydrolift and Eker Group

Facts About Hydrolift P45 FireFighter


  • Dimensional Strength: 6,5 G +
  • Length Overall: 13,78 m
  • Beam: 3,9 m
  • Draft: 0.82 m
  • Speed: 40-45 knots
  • Weight (full tanks and equipment): Ca 15 ton
  • Bollard Pull: Up to 3,2 ton
  • Construction: Vacuum Infused Vinylester and Fiberglass-sandwich Composite
  • Fuel Capacity: 700 L
  • Fresh Water: 100 L
  • Engines: Twin Volvo Penta D11 725
  • Propulsion: Kongsberg S28-3/CA
  • Reduction Gears: ZF 325-1

About Hydrolift AS

Hydrolift is a renowned Norwegian boat manufacturer and part of Eker Group – which is owned and managed by the award-winning industrial designer and entrepreneur Bård Eker. Hydrolift delivers premium leisure boats in addition to advanced high-speed boats and vessels for the professional market – all with a high degree of adaptation to demanding customers with high expectations. Hydrolift develops, designs, and manufactures all its models in Fredrikstad, Norway.

Eker Group is Norway’s leading innovation powerhouse with 35+ years of excellent product development and iconic design. It features a diverse portfolio of market-defining brands such as Hydrolift, Hyke, EpiGuard, Eker Design, and Eker Performance.

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