M/V Safe/Sea Salvor


The Safe/Sea Salvor was built in 2021 by North River Boats, previously Almar, of Rosenberg, Oregon for the specific purpose of providing immediate response towing and salvage services in Narragansett Bay and near-coastal waters. She is 35 feet in length with a 12 foot beam for stability. Like all of the Safe/Sea salvage & towing vessels, she’s a rigid hull inflatable; her deep-v hull is welded aluminum with a bolt-on inflatable collar.


Twin Yanmar 440hp turbodiesels provide 880 horsepower for the Safe/Sea Salvor. With a top speed in excess of 48 knots and a crushing speed of 35-37 knots, she is the most powerful vessel in our fleet. Coupled to Hamilton 274 Waterjets through Borg-Warner 1:1.25 transmissions, these Yanmar powerplants have proven extremely reliable since Safe/Sea adopted them as standard for all new rescue towboats built for us since 1996.

The twin waterjet propulsion system employed aboard the Safe/Sea Salvor grants her maneuverability only dreamt of by conventionally powered vessels. In the hands of an experienced operator, she can spin in her own length, move directly sideways, and even move diagonally without altering her heading. These abilities come in handy when docking disabled vessels in extremely close quarters.


The Safe/Sea Salvor’s inflatable collar serves two purposes. First, it forms an extremely effective fendering system, as there’s no way to compress the collar enough to collide with the aluminum hull. Second, the collar gives the Rescue exceptional stability, especially in steep breaking seas or surf. In fact, the collar carries so much positive floatation that it’s virtually impossible to get a gunwale to “dig-into” a wave enough to cause a capsize.

Electronics Suite

The Safe/Sea Salvor carries a full suite of state of the art Raymarine electronic navigational and communications equipment including Doppler Radar, Down and Side Scan Sonar, VHF, Axiom GPS, and an augmented reality camera system including a 360 degree Gimbal Stabilized FLIR M364C Camera.