APRIL 17, 2015 — Spanish shipbuilder Astilleros Gondan has launched Rio Belelle, the first of two patrol boats being built for the Guardia Civil.
With an overall length of 20.5 m and a beam of 5.0 m, the boats a being built of aluminum and GRP in Gondan’s Vegadeo shipyard. Both are scheduled to be delivered this summer.
The vessels are designed and equipped for surveillance, fighting drug trafficking and illegal immigration, and protection of the marine environment, according to the duties of the Guardia Civil. Built for a service life of at least 15 years, the boats can reach 25 knots speed thanks to their waterjets, rated at more than 2,000 HP.
With a range of more than 570 miles, they comply with MARPOL standards and will be equipped with a 96-miles range radar.
Accommodations are provided for five crew members in cabins, according to Guardia Civil standards for this type of vessel.
Gondan’s GRP and Aluminum Division in Vegadeo has facilities specifically designed and built for vessels with this type of constructions. They include a warehouse with an area of 2,000 sq.m of which 1,400 sq.m are fully thermally insulated and heated. In addition, it is equipped with a fireproof and isolated welding zone, an area for resin projection and a vacuum pump for lamination by infusion. Temperature and humidity control systems are installed.