Damen Shipyards has been awarded a contract by the Mexican Navy (Secretaria de Marina) to construct three 42m-long patrol vessels.
To be modelled on the Damen-engineered Stan Patrol 4207 design, the three vessels will join the Mexican Navy's existing fleet of Ténochtitlan-class patrol ships.
The new additions will increase the number of vessels in the Ténochtitlan fleet to ten.
It will be constructed by the Mexican Navy Yard Astimar 1 in Tampico, a city and port on the Gulf of Mexico.
The contract will see Damen providing engineering, material package, technical assistance and crew training.
The vessels will be christened after Mexican historical sites and are expected to be delivered and launched in 2016. The 42.8m-long Stan Patrol 4207-designed vessels can carry a crew of 12-18 members.
The maximum speed of the Damen Stan Patrol is approximately 26k, based on 2x2,350kW, and the range at patrol speed 10-14k is nearly 2,000nm.
Equipped with two Caterpillar 3516C HD or MTU 16V4000 engines, the vessels also feature controllable pitch propellers, a hydraulic bow thruster, and two rudders for slow speed manoeuvring.
Aimed at supporting missions such as the safety and security of mariners, search-and-rescue (SAR) and patrol duties in territorial waters, the Stan patrol vessels can also be deployed to assist in the conservation and protection of fisheries.
In September 2014, Damen signed a contract with the Mexican Navy to construct a Stan Patrol 4207 patrol vessel and fast crew supplier 5009.
Image: A Damen Stan patrol 4207 vessel at sea. Photo: courtesy of Damen Shipyards Group.