Support for rescue operations in Finnish waterways

Sea rescue operations are an excellent example of valuable collaboration between private and public sectors. This important work is widely supported by many foundations and businesses. International operations are recognised by the acronym SAR (Search and Rescue), which is displayed on rescue vessels around the world.

Kuopio Lifeboat Association carries out sea rescue work on Finland’s inland waterways and has been one of Saastamoinen Foundation’s partners for decades. The Foundation contributes financially to the Association’s operations each year.

Collaboration between the Foundation and the Association reflects the activities of Herman Saastamoinen, the founder of the Saastamoinen family, who was a ship-owner in Kuopio in the late 1800s. Shortly after completion of the Saimaa Canal in 1856, many shipyards owned by merchants were established in Kuopio. Vessels from these shipyards sailed the world’s seas with cargoes of imports and exports. Herman Saastamoinen’s merchant fleet included more than five steamships, which allowed an effective distribution network and imports for the wholesale business

Towards the latter half of the 1800s, the focus of Herman Saastamoinen’s shipping activities was in the northern part of Saimaa, where the Kuopio Lifeboat Association operates. The Association’s command vessel, PV Herman Saastamoinen, was named after the founder of the Saastamoinen family who was active in these same waters.

Photo: ©Kuopion Järvipelastajat