GRP construction for large patrol vessel
Spanish shipbuilder Rodman Polyships S.A.U., a GRP and composites specialist shipbuilder, is to build one of the largest GRP vessels ever constructed.
The Offshore Patrol Vessel will perform Custom Surveillance tasks, specifically developed for this new contract.
This new and important order consolidates Rodman’s experience, know-how and expertise in designing and building high performance patrol boats and vessels, which allows the shipyard to expand into a new length range by developing this 43m vessel.
The vessel, built to fulfil patrolling tasks in Spanish territorial waters, adjacent waters and international waters, will engage in maritime and custom surveillance. She has been specifically designed for accomplishing anti-smuggling operations, interception, and search & surveillance tasks for international and national law enforcement agencies.
The Rodman 138 Offshore Patrol Vessel will be one of the largest vessels built worldwide in Glass Reinforced Polyester and Composites. She will be equipped with an innovative stabilizer system to reduce the vessel’s roll and pitch, both when in stand-by or during navigation, in addition to increasing performance, fuel efficiency and safety in extreme conditions.
The vessel will be propelled by two four stroke diesel engines of 1,500Kw each.
The Rodman 138 has been designed for a crew of 18, who will be accommodated in eight independent cabins. Also, other rooms and accommodation areas will be available, including a security zone. With a range of 2,000nm, the vessel will be capable of long stays at sea which represents a significant advantage from an operational and effectiveness point of view.
She will carry two aluminium tenders with inboard engines, about 8m length each and located at both sides of the vessel. They will be equipped with a fast hoisting and lowering system, allowing them to perform boarding operations at sea, reaching maximum speeds of more than 40 knots.
Currently, Rodman is building two Surveillance Patrol Boats for the Xunta de Galicia (Autonomic Government in Galicia), one High Speed Patrol Boat for the GNR Portugal (Portuguese National Republican Guard) and several Passenger Vessels for national and international owners, in addition to leisure craft, where three new models are to be launched in the coming season.
The total value of this contract amounts €8.2m, and the execution period is 15 months.
By Jake Frith
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