Austal Celebrates Keel Laying for further Cape Class Patrol Boat

By Peter Pospiech at August 19, 2013 10:30
Filed Under: Company News, General

Australia has 36,000 kilometres of coastline and an offshore maritime area of nearly 13 million square kilometres. The new Customs and Border Protection Cape Class Patrol Boats will play a significant role in border security by maintaining a presence around Australia’s coastline and responding to reported or suspected border incidents and illegal activity.

Customs and Border Protection vessels perform strategic patrols and tactical surveillance and enforcement for various agencies to address maritime security threats within and beyond Australia’s 200 nautical mile exclusive economic Zone (eeZ). 

Demonstrating the rapid progress of the Cape Class Patrol Boat Program, Austal hosted on August 14 the keel-laying ceremony for the third vessel, Cape Nelson, one of eight 56-metre patrol boats that Austal is designing, building and supporting for the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service.

Cape Class is a program of work that underpins Austal’s strategy as a global defence prime contractor of Ships, Systems and Support. It’s a program that has also enabled Austal to reposition and strengthen the Henderson facilities as a defence-focused operation. This total solution capability represents the future of the Australian business as Austal continues to expand and enhance the strategic industry capability necessary to meet the current and future defence needs of Australia and other nations.

In doing so, the Cape Class Patrol Boats play a significant role in protecting Australia’s borders from multiple maritime threats, and have been designed to have greater range, endurance and flexibility, as well as enhanced capability to operate in more severe sea conditions than the current Customs and Border Protection fleet.

The patrol boats have capacity to accommodate future upgrades in surveillance technology and response capability. It is intended that these vessels will be connected to the Australian Maritime security operations Centre via an Australian Maritime Identification system terminal 

onboard each vessel.

The Cape Class Patrol Boats are able to:

•  undertake 28 day patrols

•  sail 4,000 nautical miles before having to refuel

•  sail to 50 degrees south, in southern ocean waters

•  Combat the full range of maritime security threats

•  Carry a larger crew than the Bay Class vessels to more effectively 

and safely manage boarding operations

•  Identify,  track,  intercept  additional  threats  in  the  maritime domain and gather intelligence and store evidence for matters 

that may proceed to the courts

•  launch two Tender response Vessels simultaneously 

The CCP-Boats feature two Cat engines of type 3516C with each 2.525 kW at 1.800 rpm. This enforces the ships to reach a max speed of 26 kn.


images: Courtesy of Austal

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