The French Customs has signed a contract with OCEA shipyard for two new OCEA FPB 100 MKII patrol boats, the company announced.
The two new patrol boats are ordered for French overseas territories, Saint-Martin and Kourou, with an effective delivery date scheduled for early 2021. A third ship could also be ordered for Dunkerque.
The French Customs included for the first time in this 6 years contract support and maintenance services in the area of operation of the vessels.
The new patrol boats are very similar to the two vessels currently under building at OCEA Shipyard: the DF 34 KALADJA (to be delivered soon in Pointe-à-Pitre) and the DF 35 SOKAN (to be positioned in Fort-de-France).
In addition to the highest performances, the French Customs requested some changes for these new ships and among them:
• The installation of a larger and faster RHIB: 7 m / 35 knots
• The integration of an unmanned aerial vehicle (rotary-wing) to increase the surveillance capabilities of the patrol boats
• The installation of a surveillance camera with higher performances for night vision
These vessels will allow the French Customs to participate in the commitments of the Paris Agreements by reducing the fuel consumption and CO2 emissions by 30% compared with equivalent steel-hulled vessels.