Illustration of the patrol vessels for KBV (Source: Damen)

Damen Shipyards to build carbon fibre patrol vessels for Swedish Coast Guard

Kustbevakningen (KBV), the coastguard organisation of Sweden, has signed a contract for construction and delivery of seven fast patrol vessels with Damen Shipyards. The vessels, also referred to as the KBV 320 series, will be 26,75m long, built in carbon fibre composite and will be able to reach cruising speeds of up to 25 knots. KBV will deploy them in its rescue, environmental protection, salvage assistance and coastal waters patrolling operations.

The KBV 320 series that Damen proposed exceed the strict design criteria the coast guard had set, the Dutch shipbuilder said in a statement. The Swedish government organisation came up with the initial design, reflecting the need for fuel efficiency, crew safety and comfort, as well as operational flexibility. The Damen team then improved the design in terms of seakeeping, sailing comfort and sustainability by lengthening the water line forward and thus incorporating capabilities of the axe bow. A longer waterline allows vessels to maintain speed at lower resistance in the water, whereas the slim vertical bow reduces slamming in the waves at high speed, Damen noted. The carbon fibre composite construction allows for a very light weight vessel, further reducing fuel consumption.

All seven patrol vessels will be propelled by Volvo Penta’s D13 inboard engines and the inboard performance systems IPS 1050.

Article Editorial staff Ship&Offshore
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