Damen Shipyards has received an order for six patrol vessels from the Dutch Police.
As informed, all six ships will be built at Damen’s headquarters in Gorinchem in the Netherlands and are due for delivery between 2019 and 2021.
Intended for Zeehavenpolitie and Landelijke Eenheid units, three of the newbuilds are seagoing — the Stan Patrol 2506 –, while the other three are for the inland waterways — the Stan Patrol 2005.
“These patrol vessels, built from aluminium with a composite superstructure, are lightweight, have less resistance, higher performance and lower fuel consumption. Damen was able to achieve the very strict requirements for reducing noise and the environmental impact and even exceed them,” Jeroen van Woerkum, Damen Shipyards Sales Manager Benelux, commented.
Furthermore, these patrol vessels are said to already comply with the new environmental rules — Euro Stage V for inland vessels — for cleaner exhaust emissions, which are being introduced in 2020.
“These vessels are actually a step ahead of the regulations. In 2020, vessels have to have after-treatment installations on board but these new patrol ships will already have this equipment,” van Woerkum added.
Another addition is the installation of a slipway on the aft of the seagoing, Damen Stan Patrol 2506 from which the RIBs can be launched. Previously, patrol vessels of this size would have to use a crane and a davit.
According to Damen, the layout of the wheelhouse has been fully customized and the vessels will be equipped with night vision technology.
The six will replace existing vessels and be deployed in the North Sea and on Dutch waterways, and in the ports of Vlissingen, IJmuiden and Rotterdam.