Multi Purpose Patrol/Research/Expedition Trimaran Vessel
BLT 2000, UK STEEL HULL, ALU SUPERSTRUCTURE DNV +1A1, LC HELDK E0 ICS W1-OC LCS(D1) 6TEU 2,236 GRT 688 NRT DIMS: 98.70 LOA/90.00 LBP X 22.50 BRD X 4.500 DFT ENGINE 2 X MTU 16 V 4000 M 40 B (new 2009). TTL 4160 KW - DIESEL ELECTRIC 20kn max speed.
Range: 3000 nautical miles at 12 knots THRUSTER BOW BRUNVOLL (inst.2009) Complement:14 crew and up to 28 Customs Officers (Australian service) HELIPAD NOW LAID UP IN SE ASIA, HAVING COMPLETED CHARTER FOR AUSTRALIAN CUSTOMS.
She was used for hydrographic survey work for the civil hydrography programme (CHP) on behalf of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA). The vessel was fitted with a sensor suite which includes the Kongsberg Simrad EM1002 multibeam echo-sounder, a GPS attitude / heading system, surface navigation and ultra-short baseline sub-surface acoustic tracking system, Gardline Voyager5 integrated survey system and Caris post-processing system. The vessel was enhanced by installing a bowthruster unit, additional accommodation and survey equipment facilities. In 2009, two new MTU engines were fitted; MTU 16v 4000 M40B. Output 2,080kW each.
In December 2006, owners contracted the vessel to the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service to patrol Australia's northern waters as one of the service's fleet of patrol vessels. Australian Customs Vessel has been fitted with two .50 calibre heavy machine guns and carries up to 28 armed customs officers. The vessel is also equipped with two 7.3m high-speed rigid hull inflatable boats (RHIBs). The ship arrived from the UK in mid-January 2007 and started operations immediately. The charter is now finished and the vessel is offered for sale.
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