Austal to build two Cape-class patrol boats for Trinidad & Tobago

19 August 2019 (Last Updated August 19th, 2019 11:07)

Austal has received a contract to build two Cape-class patrol boats (CCPB) for the Government of the Republic of Trinidad & Tobago (GoRTT).

Austal to build two Cape-class patrol boats for Trinidad & Tobago
Austal is expected to deliver the patrol boats in the second half of next year. Credit: © Austal.

Austal has received a contract to build two Cape-class patrol boats (CCPB) for the Government of the Republic of Trinidad & Tobago (GoRTT).

The contract is valued at around A$126m ($85.36m) and will see Austal deliver the boats in the second half of next year.

Austal CEO David Singleton said: “Austal’s Cape-class patrol boats have been deployed in difficult maritime situations, intercepting irregular arrivals and preventing illegal smuggling. This proven capability has attracted attention from a number of export markets, including Trinidad & Tobago.

“This latest order adds to Austal’s largest forward order book. The increasing demand in the international market for our unique vessel designs and maritime technology is a real credit to our highly skilled workforce across our operations, who continue to deliver some of the world’s most sophisticated vessels in a highly efficient and cost-effective environment.”

In July last year, Austal revealed that the GORTT was interested in buying two CCPB vessels.

Following the signing of an interim Schedule Protection Agreement and the payment of fees, the company commenced construction at its Henderson shipyard in April this year.

The firm originally constructed ten 58m all-aluminium mono-hull CCPBs for the RAN and Australian Border Force (ABF).

The patrol boats have the ability to combat the full range of maritime security threats.

With a range of 4,000nm, the boat supports a patrol cycle of 28 days and can carry up to 22 people.

The vessel is also equipped with two rigid hull inflatable boats to intercept other boats.