Port of Rotterdam Authority puts hybrid patrol vessel into operation

A new hybrid patrol vessel has been put into operation by the Port of Rotterdam Authority.

The Netherlands port’s first new vessel since 2010, the 25-metre vessel RPA 8 built by the Kooiman Group at Zwijndrecht can run on diesel and diesel-electric.

Harbour Master René de Vries said the newbuild would assist in the arrival and departure of about 30,000 sea-going vessels and 110,000 inland vessels annually at the port. It replaces the RPA 3.

Chosen for its low fuel consumption, the aluminium-hulled RPA 8 has a special wing profile underwater that results in reduced vessel wake and reduced emissions.

Featuring a fast displacement hull form (FDHF) designed by Van Oossanen Naval Architecture, the vessel has 736kW of power, a cruising speed of 10.7 knots and top speed of 16 knots.

The harbour master’s duties are carried out on three consoles at the rear of the bridge and below deck.

Last modified onWednesday, 24 January 2018 11:37

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