‘FPV Catrin’, Wales’ latest fisheries patrol boat
Welsh Assembly Cabinet Secretary Lesley Griffiths gave Wales’ fisheries patrol team a major boost when she launched the Welsh Government’s latest high speed patrol boat in March.
The Cabinet Secretary was in Conwy Marina to officially christen the new vessel FPV Catrin, named in memory of Catrin Glyndwr, a prominent woman in Welsh history, and the daughter of the last Welsh-born Prince of Wales, Owain Glyndwr.
FPV CATRIN – EMBODYING THE SPIRT OF WALES
Wales has a long coastline for a relatively small country and its stunning scenery is one of the country's major assets. It's a coastline of contrasts: from dozens of secluded beaches to major ports such as Cardiff and Port Talbot. There's also the beauty of the Gower Peninsular and the Pembroke Coast National Park as well as the fishing communities of the west coast. FPV Catrin is a welcome addition to the team patrolling this 750 mile coastline.
The vessel will provide a high speed response capability to ensure Wales continues to effectively enforce fisheries and marine laws. The new vessel will proudly fly the prestigious Welsh Government Marine and Fisheries enforcement flag, manufactured in Swansea.
FPV Catrin is the first new vessel constructed by Liverpool-headquartered ship builders Marine Specialised Technology (MST). During the visit the Cabinet Secretary met MST staff involved in its design and construction.
FPV Catrin is the first of three new patrol vessels. FPV Rhodri Morgan and FPV Lady Megan are currently under construction in Pembrokeshire and are scheduled to be delivered to Welsh ports later in the year.
Speaking prior to cutting the ribbon, offering champagne as a toast and placing green leaves on the vessel for a safe return, Lesley Griffiths said:
“I am delighted to be here in Conwy to celebrate the christening launch of our new Fisheries Patrol Vessel Catrin.
“Our new vessel will ensure we can continue to effectively enforce fisheries and marine laws. It will help us meet our commitment to manage our fish stocks sustainably and safeguard Wales’ fishing industry and our coastal communities in the years ahead.
“I would like to thank MST – without their dedication and efforts this day would not have been possible.”
Philip Hilbert, Sales Director, Marine Specialised Technology Limited said: “MST is very privileged to be involved in this prestigious project.
“This is the largest example to date of our highly regarded High-Speed Patrol Boat series of fully enclosed wheelhouse Rigid Inflatable Boats and at 13m in length is now the flagship of our range.
“Working with the Welsh Government has been a great experience for us and resulted in an exceptional craft which we are very proud of. Our relationship has been a partnership in which we have worked together to produce one of the most comprehensive vessels of this size and type. As a result it offers unparalleled levels of innovation, technology and capability which we are sure will serve the Fisheries for many years to come.”
The HPB 1300 is a high speed vessel designed to carry 4 crew with a maximum speed of 35 knots and a range of 200 nautical miles. Two Cummins QSC8.3 marine diesels producing 500hp apiece drive through a pair of ZF286 gearboxes to a pair of Hamilton HJ292BA marine jets. A composite hull and wheelhouse keeps weight down to 11,000kgs with its 1200 litre diesel tanks brimmed.
It offers overnight accommodation with a dedicated WC/head compartment, galley and dinette area. This example is outfitted for Fisheries Enforcement and features a power take off driven pot hauler system but other configurations are available.
By Jake Frith
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