French shipbuilder, SOCARENAM has announced the signing of a contract with the Polish Coast Guard for the design and construction of an Offshore Patrol Vessel (OPV).
Designed in collaboration with the naval architecture firm MAURIC of Marseille and with a length of 70 meters, the patrol boat will have a reinforced steel hull and aluminum superstructures. With a capacity of carrying 35 people independently for a month, the ship will be equipped with two fast boats and a mini aerial drone.
The vessel is funded by the European Internal Security Fund (ISF) and the Polish State, and will be operated by the Polish Coast Guard and intended mainly for the control of external borders of the European Union. It will be based in Gdansk and will be able to patrol in all European waters, from the icy waters of the Baltic Sea to the warm waters of the Mediterranean.
A true multifunctional vessel, the patrol boat can carry out numerous missions and will be equipped with all the equipment required: from intervention boats to fire-fighting cannons, passing through anti-pollution means, a mini surveillance drone or even a large open area dedicated to welcoming survivors.
Following a European call for tenders launched at the end of 2019, SOCARENAM has been able to develop and offer a tailor-made technical solution, efficient and competitive designed to meet specifications demanded by the Polish Coast Guard.
After the delivery of the three patrol boats for French Customs, two patrol boats for the Belgian Navy, three patrol boats for the French Navy as well as the next six under construction also for the French Navy, SOCARENAM confirms its position as leader, in France and Europe, for the design and production of high-tech offshore patrol vessels.
This new contract once again demonstrates the SOCARENAM’s capabilities to design and manufacture tailor-made vessels to meet to the needs of coast guard organizations, said the company statement.