EFCA awards charter for ERRV

Aberdeen-based Sentinel Marine has been awarded a contract to provide a patrol vessel for charter by the European Fisheries Control Agency (EFCA) in international and European Union waters.

The charter for the 61-metre Lundy Sentinel, the multi-role emergency response and rescue vessel (ERRV), is for an initial period of two years, with an option to extend for a further two years.

The framework contract, which was awarded following a tender, has a maximum value of €20 million (US$24.8 million) for four years.

EU fisheries inspectors will use Lundy Sentinel as a platform for the monitoring, boarding and inspection of fishing boats and associated transport and support vessels.

Sentinel Marine chief executive officer Rory Deans said it was also possible Lundy Sentinel would be used for search and rescue, border control, disruption of trafficking routes, detection of criminal activities and enforcement of EU and national legislations.

The British-flagged Lundy Sentinel was built in 2015. She has the capability to launch up to three boarding boats.

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