The Mexican Navy (Secretaria de Marina) has awarded a contract to Damen Shipyards Group for the fifth Damen Stan Patrol 4207-type boat.
Under the contract, Damen will supply partial material package and technical assistance, while the vessel will be constructed by the Mexican Navy.
With keel laying expected in early 2014, the vessel will be named Uxmal to honour an ancient Mayan city on the Yucatan peninsula.
The Mexican Navy will acquire hull and part of the piping.
Designed to conduct patrol missions in coastal areas and the economic exclusive zone, the Damen Stan Patrol 4207 is fully equipped to support patrol duties in harbours, coastal waters and offshore.
Powered by controllable pitch propellers, the vessels have a length of 42.8m, a speed range of 25k-30k, and can accommodate a crew of 16.
The Mexican Navy operates ARM Tenochtitlan (PC-331) and ARM Teotihuacan (PC-332), which started construction in 2011 and were delivered in mid-2012.
Damen had delivered the Stan Patrol 4207 type vessel, Obzor, to the Bulgarian border police in July 2010, as well as the Oriku vessel of the class to the Albanian coastguard in February 2012 along with material package.
Similar vessels are currently operational with navies and coast guards of Jamaica, Barbados, the Dutch Caribbean, Honduras, the Canadian coastguard and the US Coastguard.
The US Coastguard operates Sentinel-class fast response cutters, which are based on the same Damen Stan Patrol design.
Image: A Mexican Navy’s Stan Patrol 4207 boat at a shipyard. Photo: courtesy of Damen Shipyards Group.