All-electric patrol boats christened in Amsterdam

Three new Damen’s fully-electric patrol vessels have been christened at a recent ceremony at the Scheepvaart Museum in Amsterdam.

As informed, two of the vessels, named Waterpieper and Waterhoen, were ordered by the City of Amsterdam and the third (P55) is for the Amsterdam Police. The units will be used for general patrol duties in and around the canals of Amsterdam.

Each is 13.5 meters in length and fitted with a single 130kW electric motor powered by an EST-Floattech 273kWh (Waterpieper and Waterhoen) / 136kWh (P55) battery package. The top speed is 16 kph and at an average speed they are able to operate for a full day before requiring a recharge.

The P55 is also fitted with a diesel generator for extra range when needed. The accommodation is comprised of a wheelhouse with a dinette with all-round visibility, and each has a sanitary space and galley down below. The hulls for the vessels were built at Damen Shipyards Kozle in Poland and then shipped to Damen Shipyards Hardinxveld for outfitting and delivery.

“We are very pleased to be supplying more of the proven DPV 1304 patrol boats to the City of Amsterdam and its police force. They are ideal for operations in restricted inland waterways and with their full electric propulsion they will undertake their duties in a clean and quiet manner and thereby contribute to a sustainable environment,” Jeroen van Woerkum, Commercial Manager at Damen Shipyards Hardinxveld, stated.

Damen has supplied the City of Amsterdam with patrol boats in the past. In 2004 it delivered a DPV 1304 with conventional diesel propulsion and another in 2013 with its first electric hybrid propulsion system. An additional two Damen Patrol Vessels 1304 Electric are on order for delivery in 2023.

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