New patrol vessels have been delivered to a Middle Eastern Navy and a law enforcement department in the US state of Pennsylvania. Sweden has placed orders for new coast guard boats and authentication has been done on the keel of a future US Coast Guard cutter.
New patrol RIB handed over to Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission
Alabama-based Silver Ships has handed over a new rigid inflatable boat (RIB) to the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission, which will utilise it in the law enforcement role.
The aluminium-hulled newbuild measures 20 feet (six metres) long and is fitted with a Garmin radar. Power is provided by a single Mercury outboard engine.
The RIB will be operated on patrols in Pennsylvania state waters.
Second OPV in series delivered to Qatari Emiri Navy
The Qatari Emiri Navy recently took delivery of a new offshore patrol vessel (OPV) built by Italian shipyard Fincantieri.
Sheraouh is a sister vessel of Musherib, which was delivered by Fincantieri in January 2022. It measures 63 by 9.2 metres and can reach speeds of up to 30 knots.
Sheraouh was designed in compliance with RINAMIL Fast Patrol Vessel (FPV) rules.
Swedish Coastguard orders seven patrol vessels from Dutch builder
The Swedish Coastguard has awarded Netherlands-based the Damen Shipyards Group a contract for the construction and delivery of seven fast patrol vessels in a series.
Each vessel will have carbon-fibre composite construction, a length of 26.75 metres, and a cruising speed of 25 knots. Secondary missions will include maritime rescue, environmental protection, and salvage assistance.
Each vessel will also have a stern slipway for launching and recovery of RIBs and a deck crane for use with light cargo.
The vessels will be powered by Volvo D13 engines fitted with exhaust gas aftertreatment systems.
Design work on the vessels was initially carried out by the coastguard with Damen providing improvements to ensure enhanced seakeeping, comfort, and sustainability.
Keel authenticated for future US Coast Guard cutter Ingham
The Eastern Shipbuilding Group (ESG) of Panama City, Florida, recently held a keel authentication ceremony for the future USCGC Ingham, a new Heritage-class offshore patrol cutter (OPC) slated for the US Coast Guard.
The cutter is the fourth US government vessel named in honour of Samuel D. Ingham, who served as US Secretary of the Treasury under President Andrew Jackson.
The 360-foot (110-metre) vessel and its sister OPCs are designed to provide a capability bridge between the coast guard’s Legend-class national security cutters, which patrol the open ocean, and the Sentinel-class fast response cutters, which operate closer to shore.
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