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Sustainable operations for Swedish Coast Guard

Kustbevakningen (KBV), the Swedish coastguard, has signed a contract with Damen Shipyards for the construction and delivery of seven fast Patrol Vessels. Tasked with Search And Rescue, environmental protection, salvage assistance and patrolling coastal waters, the carbon fibre composite 26.75m KBV 320 series will operate at cruising speeds of up to 25 knots.

The initial design came from the Swedish government organisation, reflecting the need for fuel efficiency, crew safety and comfort, as well as operational flexibility. The Damen team improved the design in terms of seakeeping, sailing comfort and sustainability by increasing the length of the waterline forward, thus enabling an axe bow. The longer waterline enables vessels to maintain speed at lower water resistance, with the slim vertical bow significantly reducing wave slamming at high speed. The carbon fibre composite construction allows for a very lightweight vessel, further reducing fuel consumption.

Quick and easy launching and recovery of a RIB and jet ski are achieved via a stern slip and sliding platform.  A deck crane is installed for handling small cargo. Full carbon fibre construction includes the superstructure, the strength of which allows for narrow window frames on the bridge, providing uncluttered views from the helm station thereby increasing safety during high-speed operations. All seven patrol vessels will be propelled by three Volvo D13’s and a Volvo IPS 1050 including exhaust treatment to further reduce emissions.

“We participate in search and rescue missions to save human lives, prevent injuries, increase maritime safety and reduce the impact to property and the environment,” said Head of Engineering and Logistics Henrik Jonsson. “Therefore, we want to operate the most environmentally sound vessels possible. We are convinced that Damen offers the best solution for this.”

“We understood the wish for reliable vessels with proven equipment from KBV,” Sales Manager, Martin Verstraaten explains. “Their wish to operate the most sustainable vessel possible inspired our team to develop the KBV 320s, integrating all the experience of our yard accumulated with the Stan Patrol vessels into this series that purposely fits the requirement from KBV. We are glad to see them as a returning customer, after we previously delivered the KBV 001, 002 and 003 Multi-Purpose Vessels.”

The seven vessels will be built at Damen’s specialised composite yard and will be shipped to Damen Oskarshamnsvarvet in Sweden. After a familiarisation training program, the vessels will be handed over to KBV.  Oskarshamnsvarvet will also act as a service hub during the warranty period and will remain available for service activities during the vessels’ operational lifespan at KBV.

Exhibitor; Damen Shipyards
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