Damen Delivers New Type Police Surveillance Launch
A new police surveillance launch, RP 9, was recently delivered to the Dutch Marine Police Force by Damen Shipyards of Gorinchem, the Netherlands, The first vessels of this type, built by Damen as pilotboats, are in service off the German coast. The shipyard has adapted the layout and the superstructure on the basis of the staff requirements formulated by the Dutch Marine Police. The propulsion installation has also been adapted in accordance with the specific staff requirements, such as sailing in shallow and rough water and maintaining optimum maneuverability at all speeds.
As a result of quickly changing legal provisions, the shipyard and customer construction team worked, between contract date and the order, to come up with a modern vessel that satisfies all safety requirements, ergonomic perceptions and new shipbuilding developments. The 71.3-foot-long by 18.3-footwide Damen Stan Patrol 2200, RP 9, is the first vessel to be painted in the new house-colors of the Dutch Marine Police Force.
The steel-hull, aluminum-superstructure vessel is propelled by two MTU type 12V 183TE61 main engines turning Lips propellers, with installed horsepower of 2 by 393 kw at 2,100 rpm. Hydraulic systems are by Sperry Marine.
Low noise levels were obtained by placing all spaces on suspended floors and by flexible mounting (cage in cage construction).
The RP 9 is the first National Marine Police Force vessel fitted with an automatic pilot.
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