Second Cheetah police patrol vessel built

The core duty of '5 Bells' is to provide a versatile craft to facilitate the many roles of the Underwater Search and Marine Team Photo: Cheetah Marine The core duty of '5 Bells' is to provide a versatile craft to facilitate the many roles of the Underwater Search and Marine Team Photo: Cheetah Marine
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Cheetah Marine has designed and built a second dive and patrol vessel for specialist police operations.

The 10.2m Cheetah has been built for the Yorkshire and The Humber (YATH) Police Regional Underwater Search and Marine Unit to provide 24-hour coverage and replace two vessels which were previously used by the Force.

“We have moved away from the traditional RIB chosen by the police and purchased a catamaran as this provides better handling, stability and deck space," said PC Roger Bennett, Yath Police Regional Underwater Search and Marine Unit.

"It also provides the true all weather capability and provides safety and flexibility required for the crew to undertake the roles required of a Police Marine and Underwater Search Unit.“

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The vessel follows the success of the smaller trailerable 7.2m Cheetah built for the Cheshire Police Department in 2012.

Whilst acting as a visible Police presence, the core duty of 5 Bells is to provide a versatile craft to facilitate the many roles of the Underwater Search and Marine Team which includes diving operations in the inland waterways and the North Sea.

With twin 300hp Mercury Verado outboards producing top speeds in excess of 40 knots, the 10.2m can be mobilised rapidly between areas covering the coast of Yorkshire and Lincolnshire together with rivers and estuaries.

The vessel is equipped with safety equipment to meet the Police Boat Code Category B coding for 10 persons.

Meanwhile, a Cheetah designed built-in extendable stainless track system from the wheelhouse roof provides lifting capabilities up to 0.5m from the starboard side of the vessel. A 12v Lewmar winch and pulley system aids recovery of a rescue sledge along with other objects which need to be retrieved from the water.

Mr Strevens said that a high proportion of its orders for 2019 are workboats for the overseas market. This includes commercial fishing Cheetahs for the south of France, hydrographic survey and university research for Saudi Arabia and charter/dive and sea safari in Portugal.

Cheetah Marine is now successfully building at an additional location with full order books for both the Isle of Wight facilities and the Portuguese workshop.

By Anne-Marie Causer

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