Home' Work Boat World : August 2009 Contents This year's Seawork commercial marine exhibition and forum,
the twelfth so far, was once again held in the Canary Islands
Fruit Terminal at Britain's Southampton Docks.
Seawork focuses on small and medium sized working craft, with
naval and paramilitary vessels being very much to the fore at this
Celebrating the biggest order to be announced at the show were
Maritime Specialised Technology (MST), who have been contracted
to supply 46 fast raiding, interception and special forces craft
(FRISC) to the Royal Netherlands Navy. The FRISC requirement is
for two main classes, namely 9.5-metre, and 12.5-metre vessels,
with the classes being divided into a number of sub-categories,
including interceptors, and ramped amphibious landing versions.
MST is already working on two other major orders. Five
10.5-metre, 45-knot, wheelhouse RIBs, powered by twin Hamilton
waterjets, are in build for the Norwegian Coast Guard. Equipped
with radar, and a fire monitor, they are fitted with single-point
launching and recovery gear, enabling deployment from a mother
ship, and can accommodate a crew of two on patrols of up to 48
Also under construction at MST is a class of eight 6.2-metre
RIBs, to equip the Pakistan Navy's new Chinese-built F22P frigates.
Powered by twin Volvo Penta D3 engines, linked to VP SX
sterndrives, these new craft are capable of 37 knots.
Another advanced military RIB on view was BVT's Pacific 950.
BVT recently built 20 examples of this 50 knot, radar-equipped,
twin inboard diesel-powered craft for France's naval commandos,
and are now seeking orders from elsewhere, notably the Far East.
Another British outfit to penetrate the French market is
Delta Power Services, which is constructing five 11.8-metre cabin
RIB pilot vessels for the French Navy. Delta used Seawork to
promote its latest naval/paramilitary offering, namely the
Typhoon patrol and interception vessel. These craft will feature a
comprehensive outfit of electronics, shock-absorbent seating and
a low radar signature.
Soon to be carrying out security, safety, and pilotage duties on
the River Thames, flying the ensign of the Port of London
Authority, is a class of five new environmentally-friendly
Alnmaritec catamaran patrol vessels. The lead boat of the class,
'Lambeth', was in the water at Seawork. Alnmaritec says that these
13.5-metre, 21-knot cats, powered by twin John Deere 6068 diesels,
burn 40 percent less fuel, and create far less wash, than the
monohull craft which they are replacing.
The Bridgend Boat Company was at Seawork to promote
their soon-to-be-commissioned, 24-metre GRP offshore training
ship for the Marine Society and Sea Cadets, 'Jack Petchey'.
Based at the British Royal Navy's Thameside London
headquarters, Jack Petchey is set for a busy work schedule,
providing training cruises for people from the military,
commercial and voluntary sectors.
In contrast, the smallest paramilitary boat at Seawork was
the five-metre 'Pioner' from Norway, recently delivered to the
Dorset Police Marine Unit, one of Britain's larger maritime
policing units. The 30-knot 'Pioner', featuring a ramp bow, will
be used for deploying firefighting and rescue teams, and for
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