Home' Work Boat World : December 2016 Contents FIVE FAST INTERCEPTOR CRAFT FOR MALDIVES
NATIONAL DEFENCE FORCE
Solas Marine Lanka of Sri Lanka has
completed an order to build and supply
five fast interceptor craft to the Maldives
National Defence Force at a cost of
Solas Marine Lanka has been building
and supplying high-speed bullet-proof
naval craft to the Maldives National
Defence Force for the last eight years.
The Indian Navy has also ordered 80 16-
metre fast interceptor craft from the firm ,
64 of which have already been supplied.
US ARMY TO REPLACE OLD LANDING CRAFT
The US Army is set to replace its fleet of
22-metre landing craft with a new model.
The army issued a request for proposal for a
ne w 30-metre craft capable of landing an
Abrams main battle tank directly onto
The new vessels will replace the army’s
inventory of Mike boats. Officially known
as the Landing Craft Mechanised 8 Mod I
or Mod II, the craft are used around
harbours and unimproved shores.
Specifications for the new craft require a
vessel of 30 metres in length, nine metres
wide, drawing less than 1.2 metres and able
to hit a top speed of at least 18 knots.
The new landing craft should have a
payload of one M1A2 Abrams tank or two
Stryker armoured vehicles with slat armour
or four joint light tactical vehicles with
trailers. Existing Mike boats are unable to
meet any of these payload requirements.
PATROL BOAT TO PROTECT COCOS ISLAND
A Costa Rican local non-profit
conservation agency, Asociación Costa Rica
por Siempre (Costa Rica Forever
Association), has raised US$230,000 to fund
the purchase of a new patrol boat and to
establish a fund for the boat’s maintenance,
according to Zdenka Piskulich, the group’s
The patrol boat can accommodates four
crew and eight passengers and will be used
by Cocos Island rangers for monitoring and
surveillance to protect the national park.
The objective of the national strategy for
maritime control and surveillance is to
assist with follow-up and monitoring of
activities that affect conservation and use of
Costa Rican marine resources and spaces.
The national strategy aims to provide the
country with a cutting-edge technology
system that includes radar and detection
devices for automatic identification systems
and vessel monitoring systems.
Radar was installed on Cocos Island in
2013 to detect movements in the area, and
the new patrol boat will allow rangers to
respond to the information they receive
from the radar, according to Piskulich.
SOUTHERLY'S NEW OPV
DESIGN FOR TASMANIA
West Australian naval architects
Southerly Designs has designed a new 24-
metre offshore patrol vessel for the police
force of Australia's southern state of
The new ship will engage in a wide
range of activities in the notoriously
treacherous waters offshore Tasmania out
to 200 nautical miles, requiring advanced
The vessel also has longstay live aboard
capability for eight, a range in excess of
1,000nm, and will be capable of in excess
of 28 knots.
Tasmania Police responsibilities include
the usual policing work as well as offshore
search and rescue and fisheries monitoring
and enforcement. Considering the wide
range of activities to be undertaken the
ves sel is equipped with a comprehensive
suite of equipment, including all forms of
communication equipment, night vision,
operations centre, high speed daughter
craft, towing, rescue and salvage
equipment, deck crane, interchangeable
support and work skiffs, evidence storage
and fishing gear hauling tackle.
The vessel is currently under
construction at Fine Entry Marine in
Geraldton, Western Australia. The new
‘Cape Wickham ’ w ill replace the 20-year-
old ‘Van Diemen’ as the flagship of the
Tasmanian Police fleet.
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