Royal Thai Police takes delivery of catamaran patrol boats
The Royal Thai Police has taken delivery of a pair of 24-metre catamaran patrol boats, the ‘Ratayapibanbancha’ and ‘Arcarachwaratorn’, built by Seacrest Marine.
The pair will perform a range of functions for the Royal Thai Police including border protection, general and long range patrol duties and transporting dignitaries.
The Incat Crowther-designed vessels are powered by twin MAN 12V D2862 main engines, each producing 1,213kW and featuring Humphree interceptors. The vessels performed well on sea trials, achieving a loaded speed of 32 knots. They are capable of a maximum speed of 34 knots and a cruise speed range of 868 nautical miles.
The ‘Ratayapibanbancha’ and ‘Arcarachwaratorn’ feature large aft working decks that each houses a 4.5-metre fast rescue craft, forward of which is the main deck cabin.
The cabin has a fully-featured galley to starboard and a wet room to port. Forward of the hull access are two large rooms, one a dormitory for eight crew, the other a large mess and dining space.
Upstairs are two large cabins with ensuites for senior officers in addition to a private living area.
The wheelhouse features a lounge and forward-raked windows affording excellent visibility. Doors from the wheelhouse provide direct access to the foredeck stairs.
Belowdecks is a pair of cabins for additional crew, as well as equipment, pump rooms and storage spaces.