Turkey’s ARES Shipyard has delivered the first ARES 85 Hercules Patrol Interceptor Vessel (PIV) ordered by Oman for its Royal Oman Police Coast Guard (ROPCG).
The contract for 14 patrol boats was signed between the Inspector General of Royal Oman Police (ROP) and General Manager of ARES in November last year. All the patrol boats will be delivered within the next three years. The vessels, which are fully customized to meet the ROPCG’s needs, will provide the agency with a much-expanded capability to patrol and secure the nation’s waters.
The first vessel was launched in September this year at ARES Shipyard’s facility in Antalya, Turkey and was delivered to ROPCG after completion of trials. Multiple other vessels are currently in various stages of fit-out.
During initial sea trials, the vessel was praised for its exceptional performance reaching a speed of 52 knots, highlighting the high efficiency of the vessel whilst maintaining superior seakeeping performance and maneuverability. With its upright wheelhouse providing excellent visibility alongside low noise attenuation throughout, the vessel will undoubtedly prove to be an excellent asset to the ROPCG in active duty.
The 26m ARES 85 Hercules patrol boat is designed by UK-based maritime design consultancy BMT Group for ARES Shipyard. The new interceptor capable of speeds in excess of 50 knots adds to BMT’s proven track record in the Fast Interceptor and Patrol Boat market.
“The vessel built by ARES Shipyard for the ROPCG is a continuation of the partnership between BMT and ARES responsible for a range of fast patrol boats between 18m-48m”, according to a statement from BMT.
“Another first has again been accomplished by BMT and ARES. The interceptor, has now been delivered to The Coast Guard division of the Royal Oman Police, is the first unit of a new vessel series of high performance vessels”, said John Bonafoux, Director of Business Development at BMT.
“Supporting operations conducted by coast guards, police forces and navies, the boat can be deployed in marine patrol and surveillance in territorial seas, anti-smuggling interceptor duties, marine law enforcement operations, special forces operations, and rapid response actions. It can also be used to support offshore and fast patrol vessels during operations at sea”, added Bonafoux.
The ARES 85 Hercules vessels have an overall length of 25.95 m, a beam of 5.85 m, a draught of 1.20 m and a displacement of 70 Tons. They are built in fiber-reinforced plastic (FRP) composites and has a maximum speed of 45+ knots.
The patrol boats are armed with a 12.7-mm auto stabilized remote-controlled naval gun providing them versatile firepower that can be adapted to a wide variety of potential scenarios. The vessels are equipped with a suite of maritime communications equipment, electro-optic (E/O) sensors and X-band naval radars.
The vessels can launch and recover a rigid-hulled inflatable boat (RHIB) for boarding, and search and rescue (SAR) missions.
The boats are capable of conducting offshore and littoral waters law-enforcement and open sea rescue operations and naval duties such as:
• Coast Guard Duties, Offshore Patrolling, and Escort,
• Search and Rescue (SAR), Anti-smuggling Operations,
• Anti-Terrorist Protection of Offshore and Coastal Installations and Critical Infrastructure,
• Surveillance and Covert Surveillance,
• Border Patrol, Anti-Human Trafficking, Customs Duties