Austal christens second patrol boat for Australia’s border force

30 April 2014 (Last Updated April 30th, 2014 18:30)

Austal has officially christened the second Cape-class patrol boat (CCPB) as Cape Byron, for the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service (ACBPS), at the company’s facility in Henderson, Western Australia.

Austal patrol boat

Austal has officially christened the second Cape-class patrol boat (CCPB) as Cape Byron, for the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service (ACBPS), at the company's facility in Henderson, Western Australia.

The vessel, built under a $350m design, construct and in-service support contract awarded in August 2011, has already completed final fit-out and sea trials, with crew familiarisation to be executed in the following few weeks.

Western Australia Assistant Minister for Immigration and Border Protection Senator Michaelia Cash said: "Today, the government acknowledged a critical milestone in Australia's strategic border security programme."

Powered by two Caterpillar 3516C main engines, the 57.8m-long patrol boat also integrates two ZF 9055A gearboxes and two fixed pitch propellers, in addition to a HRP 2001 TT 160kW bow thruster to boost manoeuvrability, which collectively assist in delivering a maximum speed of 25k and a range of 4,000nm at 12k.

Designed for their role in critical maritime law enforcement, the Cape-class vessels, with their increased size, enhanced surveillance technology and patrolling range, support marine unit officers.

"Today, the government acknowledged a critical milestone in Australia's strategic border security programme."

With a capacity to accommodate a crew of 18, they also feature two electronic chart display and information systems (ECDIS), a pair of gyro compasses, two differential global positioning systems (DGPS), a secure marine automatic identification system (AIS-S), an electro-optical sensor system (EOSS) and radars and voyage data recorder (VDR).

Data communication from the ship will be transferred over a very-high frequency (VHF), ultra-high frequency (UHF), using Satcom and Sea Boat's situational awareness systems.

In addition to building Cape-class vessels for the ACBPS, Austal has also delivered two major defence vessel projects to the US Navy under the littoral combat ship and joint high-speed vessel programmes. The company is also constructing two 72m high-speed support vessels for an undisclosed Middle East customer.


Image: Austal's second Cape-class patrol boat during its christening. Photo: courtesy of Austal.

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