PALFINGER’s marine business and local sales and service partner PALFINGER Australia is supplying cranes for the Guardian-class Patrol Boats (GCPB) being built by Australian shipbuilder Austal.
According to the company, a total of 21 PK15500M foldable knuckle boom cranes will be delivered to Austal by 2023.
Austal is building 21 Guardian Class Patrol Boats for 13 Pacific Island Nations as part of the Australian government’s SEA3036 Pacific Patrol Boat Replacement (PPB-R) Project. The PPBR project, in turn, is part of the Commonwealth’s Pacific Maritime Security Program (PMSP), aiming to enhance maritime security cooperation across the South Pacific.
As to each ocean operator, reliable deck cranes are indispensable to the new patrol boats. Since 2018, PALFINGER has already equipped 9 of Austal’s new 39.5 m steel hull boat designs with the well-proven foldable knuckle boom cranes. These fulfill multiple lifting applications while at sea or at anchorage.
“Palfinger has been a long-term supplier of Austal and our various Patrol Boat platforms, with the Guardian Class Patrol Boats (GCPB) being the latest successful project”, underlines Nathan Foster, Senior Procurement Specialist at Austal.
“Steve Lloyds and Mick Stone from PALFINGER Australia and we are very proud that Austal has given us yet another possibility to support them with this large-scale project not only as a reliable crane supplier, but also as their lifecycle support partner”, adds Franz Schnöll, PALFINGERs Sales Director Marine- and Wind Cranes.
The PPB-R Project was awarded to Austal in May 2016, with an additional contract option awarded in April 2018 taking the program to 21 vessels valued at more than A$335 million.
Twelve Pacific Island nations including Papua New Guinea, Fiji, the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM), Tonga, Solomon Islands, Cook Islands, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Palau, Samoa, Tuvalu, Vanuatu, and Timor Leste will receive the vessels through to 2023.
The 39.5-meter steel monohull GCPB patrol boat designed, constructed and sustained by Austal Australia is based on a proven design platform that has included the 38-meter Bay-class, 56-metre Armidale-class and 58-meter Cape-class patrol boats that are in service with the Australian Border Force (ABF) and Royal Australian Navy (RAN).
The GCPB vessels are 39.5 meters long with a beam of 8 meters and a loaded draft of 2.5 meters. It is capable of traveling at 20 knots and at 12 knots possesses a 3,000 nautical mile range. Each vessel can accommodate 23 people.