Damen Shipyards has signed a contract with Kustbevakningen (KBV), the coastguard organization of Sweden, for the construction and delivery of seven fast patrol vessels.
As informed, these vessels, also referred to as the KBV 320 series will be 26,75 meters in length, built in carbon fiber composite and will be able to reach cruising speeds of up to 25 knots.
KBV will engage the new vessels in their rescue, environmental protection, salvage assistance and coastal waters patrolling operations.
The Swedish government organization came with their initial design, reflecting the need for operational flexibility.
The Damen team improved the design in terms of sea keeping, sailing comfort and sustainability by lengthening the waterline forward and thus incorporating the capabilities of the axe bow.
A longer waterline will allow vessels to maintain speed at lower resistance in the water, whereas the slim vertical bow seriously reduces slamming in the waves at high speed.
On the other hand, the carbon fiber composite construction will allow for a very light weight vessel, further reducing fuel consumption, according to Damen.
“The slipway in the stern, allows for easy and quick launching and recovery of a RIB. Secondly a sliding platform is installed for a Jet ski. A deck crane is installed for handling of small cargo. Full carbon fiber construction includes the superstructure,” Damen stated.
All seven patrol vessels will be propelled by three Volvo D13’s and Volvo IPS 1050. including exhaust gas after treatment further reduces emissions.
“We participate in search and rescue missions to save human lives, prevent injuries, increase maritime safety and reduce the impact to property and the environment,” head of Engineering and Logistics Henrik Jonsson recalled the mission of KBV.
“Therefore, we want to operate the most environmentally sound vessels possible.”
The seven vessels will be built at Damen’s composite yard and are to be shipped to Damen Oskarshamnsvarvet in Sweden.
After a familiarization training program, the vessels will be handed over to KBV. Oskarshamnsvarvet will also act as a service hub.