3 December 2019
The new interceptor capable of speeds over 50 knots adds to BMT’s proven track record in the Fast Interceptor and Patrol Boat market. The vessel built by ARES Shipyard for the Royal Oman Police Coast Guard (ROPCG) continues the partnership between BMT and ARES responsible for a range of fast patrol boats between 18m-48m.
The ROPCG contract for 14 Patrol Boats within a 4-year acquisition program is well underway, with the first vessel now delivered and multiple other vessels in various stages of the fit-out. The ship, which is fully customised to meet the ROPCG’s needs, will provide the agency with a much-expanded capability to patrol and secure the nation’s waters.
John Bonafoux, Director of Business Development at BMT, said:
“Another first has again been accomplished by BMT and ARES. The interceptor, has now been delivered to The Coast Guard division of the Royal Oman Police, is the first unit of a new vessel series of high performance vessels”.
“Supporting operations conducted by coast guards, police forces and navies, the boat can be deployed in marine patrol and surveillance in territorial seas, anti-smuggling interceptor duties, marine law enforcement operations, special forces operations, and rapid response actions. It can also be used to support offshore and fast patrol vessels during operations at sea.”
This latest contract for a governmental customer signifies BMT’s expansive reach into a growing market area for more extensive, faster interceptors – an urgent technology requirement that’s needed to combat threats at sea.
During initial sea trials, the vessel was praised for its exceptional performance reaching a speed of 52 knots, highlighting the high efficiency of the ship whilst maintaining superior seakeeping performance and manoeuvrability. With its upright wheelhouse providing excellent visibility alongside low noise attenuation throughout, the vessel will undoubtedly prove to be a tremendous asset to the ROPCG in active duty.
BMT has a proven history in designing naval vessels. Its breadth of maritime expertise and comprehensive range of high-performance patrol vessels, from 9 metres to 220 metres, has offered its commercial and government customers unrivalled seakeeping, speed and reliability. The international design consultancy has a wealth of retail experience in naval architecture, including hull form development, class-level design, detailed production, and outfit engineering on a wide range of vessel sizes.
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