VESSEL REVIEW | Condor – New offshore patrol vessel enters service with Spanish Tax Agency

VESSEL REVIEW | Condor – New offshore patrol vessel enters service with Spanish Tax Agency

The Spanish Tax Agency (Agencia Tributaria) recently took delivery of a new offshore patrol vessel (OPV) from local builder Rodman Polyships.

The FRP-hulled Condor has an LOA of 43 metres, a beam of 8.3 metres, a relatively low draught of 1.16 metres, and a displacement of 200 tonnes at full load. Rodman has claimed that the newbuild is the longest FRP patrol vessel to be built in Europe and that it was built with the goal of combining high performance, reliability, durability, and seaworthiness in a single oceangoing platform.

The name Condor was chosen partly as a homage to a series of camouflaged patrol boats that were used extensively by the Spanish government during the 1980s and 1990s. These earlier boats are perhaps best known for their operations during a particularly intense period in the country's own campaign against narcotics trafficking.

The OPV is designed to perform missions that include maritime surveillance, law enforcement and counter-narcotics patrols, interceptions, humanitarian emergency assistance, firefighting, and search and rescue (SAR) in both territorial and international waters. Despite its "offshore" designation, the vessel is also optimised for coastal patrols.

The crew of 14 are housed in eight cabins though the vessel can accommodate up to 10 additional personnel, such as rescued accident survivors and detained suspects following at-sea arrests. A galley has also been incorporated on board.

A pair of MTU 12V4000M63 four-stroke diesel engines that each produce 1,500 kW drive Teignbridge fixed-pitch propellers via ZF 6000 gearboxes. This configuration enables the OPV to reach a top speed of 23 knots and sail for up to 2,000 nautical miles – which the tax agency has claimed as twice the range of the other patrol vessels in its fleet – at a cruising speed of 16 knots. A Poseidon PT75T side thruster assists in close quarters manoeuvring in port areas and other restrictive waters.

The OPV has also been fitted with a stabiliser system to reduce rolling and pitching both at rest and while underway, as well as to improve performance, fuel economy, and safe operation even under extreme conditions. Manuplas wrap-around fendering is incorporated to better protect the hull when manoeuvring alongside other vessels during at-sea boardings.

For SAR work, Condor is equipped with access points that allow for the easier recovery of accident survivors from the water. A powerful water cannon will meanwhile be used for external firefighting operations.

The OPV's electronics suite includes Furuno radars, AIS, GPS, and compasses, Icom radios, Jotron GMDSS radiotelephones, and a Simrad autopilot as well as a secure communications system and a specialised optronic system for detecting and tracking other vessels. The deck has also been fitted with a Guerra crane and a davit and set of winches supplied by Fluidmecanica. These and all other onboard systems draw electrical power from a pair of Caterpillar C7.1 generator sets.

The OPV also has deck space for two rigid inflatable boats (RIBs) for use mainly during at-sea boardings and interceptions but also to aid in SAR. In the event of an emergency evacuation, two Safindo life rafts are available for the crew and the other personnel.

Condor is being operated initially on patrols out of Vigo. It will later be assigned to the tax agency's other areas of responsibility depending on operational requirements.

Type of vessel:Offshore patrol vessel
Owner:Spanish Tax Agency
Operator:Spanish Tax Agency
Designer:Rodman Polyships, Spain
Builder:Rodman Polyships, Spain
Hull construction material:FRP
Superstructure construction material:FRP
Deck construction material:FRP
Length overall:43 metres
Beam:8.3 metres
Draught:1.16 metres
Depth:3.75 metres
Displacement:200 tonnes
Main engines:2 x MTU 12V4000M63, each 1,500 kW
Gearboxes:2 x ZF 6000
Propulsion:2 x Teignbridge fixed-pitch propellers
Generators:2 x Caterpillar C7.1
Side thruster:Poseidon PT75T
Steering system:Fluidmecánica
Maximum speed:23 knots
Range:2,000 nautical miles
Hydraulic equipment:Fluidmecánica
Radars:2 x Furuno FAR-2228BB, each 25 kW; Halo 3
Depth sounder:Furuno FE-800
Radios:Icom IC A-424 VHF air band transceiver; 4 x VHF 76 antennas with mount, cables and connectors; Furuno FS-1575 BLU MF/HF radiotelephone; 5 x VHF IC-M85E portable radiotelephones; 5 x Icom IC-F2000T portable UH
Sonar:Simrad NSS EVO3
Satcom:Inmarsat Standard C; Furuno Felcom-18; Inmarsat Fleet Broadband Sailor FB250, 24V
Autopilot:Simrad AP70 IMO solenoids pack
Compasses:Furuno SC-130; Lars Thrane LT-1000 NRU with internal GPS and satellite receiver; deck-mounted CHE-073
GMDSS:3 x Jotron TR30 portable VHF radiotelephones GMDSS; 2 x VHF GMDSS, A FM-8900 S, semi-duplex
GPS:Furuno GP-170 DGPS receivers; 2 x NMEA modules; GN70
Plotter:Maxsea Time Zero Professional V3
AIS:Jotron; Furuno FA-170, class A
Cameras/night vision:2 x Steiner Commander 7×50 binoculars; NVLS EVO BINO night vision, Fujinon Stabiscope S-1240 binoculars
Other electronics:Furuno NX-700A LCD navtex receiver, frequencies 490/518/4.209,5.0 kHz; Jotron Tron 60GPS EPIRB; SARSAT-COSPAS system; Iridium MSF transmitter-positioning system/tracking system; Simrad R1A Easy Tank speed log
Crane:Guerra M65.20.A3
Other deck equipment:Fluidmecánica PBR-12000-3-PAB davit
Fendering:Manuplas, 150 x 100 mm
Watermaker:Petsea RO SW-Y 20/34
Windows:Vidriomoss; Vental
Seating:Cleeman Nautic Star
Interior lighting:LED
External lighting/searchlight:Francis
Floor/deck surface finishes:Pirelli rubber; epoxy resin floor for toilets and galley
Firefighting equipment:Water cannon
Liferafts:2 x Safindo SLR-A
Tenders:2 x Maritime Partner Alusafe 700
Type of fuel:Diesel
Fuel capacity:2 x 8,500 litres; 2 x 13,000 litres
Freshwater capacity:4,000 litres
Sewage/blackwater capacity:1,000 litres
Accommodation:8 x crew cabins; galley; toilets

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