June 23, 2008
Latvia orders SWATH patrol boats
Abeking & Rasmussen, Lemwerder. Germany, has secured an order for five 25 m SWATH A&R Patrol Boats. The vessels are for the Latvian Coast Guard and will be designed by A&R and constructed and delivered in co-operation with Riga Shipyard in Latvia.
The new vessels will derive from the A&R SWATH pilot boats in operation since 1999 in the German Bight and recently in Dutch Waters. They will have the same main dimensions and underwater ship, but with a completely new propulsion and accommodation concept.
The Latvian Navy selected the SWATH concept because of its extraordinary seaworthiness.
Up to eight crew can stay at sea for one week even under adverse weather conditions.
The main tasks for the new vessels will be patrol and surveillance of territorial waters and in the exclusive economic zone as well as participation in international assignments. Since they will have the same fendering as the pilot boats they will be well suited for all types of boarding operations.
The new vessels will feature a modular mission bay at the fore ship. By fitting appropriate mission payloads, such as a diving module or a MCM module, the capabilities of the vessels can be flexiby enhanced flexibly.
Delivery of the first-of-class is scheduled for December 2010 from Abeking & Rasmussen's shipyard in Lemwerder.