Dutch National Police christened its new Stan Patrol 2005 (SPa 2005) patrol vessel as P64 during a ceremony at Damen Shipyards Gorinchem on Jan. 31.
Following a European tender, Damen was contracted by the Dutch Police to build three SPa 2005 vessels for inland waterway operations along with three sea-going Stan Patrol 2506 vessels. The new vessel marks the second vessel in a six-ship contract. Damen delivered the first vessel (an SPa 2506) in January 2020.
The Dutch Police will use the new SPa 2005 for deployment on the Netherlands’ extensive inland waterways. The vessel’s aluminium hull and FRP (Fibre Reinforced Polymer) superstructure will provide the lightweight means required for fast and effective police patrol operations. Equipped with twin propellers, the SPa 2005 is capable of speeds up to 40 km per hour.
In addition to speed, the lightweight characteristics of the aluminium and composite construction materials will also markedly reduce fuel consumption and, therefore, exhaust emissions. Complying with the latest European Stage V emission regulations for inland vessels, the P64 is equipped with an exhaust gas after-treatment system.
Fuel efficiency will be further improved by the addition of a hull vane. This innovative naval architectural feature is an underwater foil located under the stern that improves fuel efficiency.
Talking at the P64’s christening ceremony, Damen sales manager Benelux Vincent de Maat stated, “We are proud to be supporting the Dutch Police with their fleet replacement programme. The new Stan Patrol vessels that we are building are truly fit-for-purpose: fast and effective, but also highly advanced with regard to the latest environmental standards.”
Damen has a long working relationship with the Dutch Police, delivering 30 Stan Patrol ships over the years. The six new ships will serve as a replacement for part of the current fleet.