Dutch Police continues fleet replacement with second Damen patrol vessel
Damen Shipyards Gorinchem has hosted the official naming ceremony of a Damen Stan Patrol (SPa) 2005 for the Dutch National Police. The new vessel – named P64 – marks the second vessel in a six-ship contract between Damen and the Dutch Police, the company said in its release.
The Dutch Police will use the new SPa 2005 for deployment on the Netherlands’ extensive inland waterways. The vessel’s aluminium hull and FRP (Fibre Reinforced Polymer) superstructure will provide the lightweight means required for fast and effective police patrol operations. Equipped with twin propellers, the SPa 2005 is capable of speeds up to 40 km per hour.
In addition to speed, the lightweight characteristics of the aluminium and composite construction materials will also markedly reduce fuel consumption and, therefore, exhaust emissions. Complying with the latest European Stage V emission regulations for inland vessels, the P64 is equipped with an exhaust gas after-treatment system.
Fuel efficiency will be further improved by the addition of a hull vane. This innovative naval architectural feature is an underwater foil located under the stern that improves fuel efficiency.
Talking at the P64’s christening ceremony, Damen sales manager Benelux Vincent de Maat stated, “We are proud to be supporting the Dutch Police with their fleet replacement programme. The new Stan Patrol vessels that we are building are truly fit-for-purpose: fast and effective, but also highly advanced with regard to the latest environmental standards.”
Damen has a long working relationship with the Dutch Police, delivering 30 Stan Patrol ships over the years. The latest order was placed after a European tender process, the contract comprising three Stan Patrol 2005 and three Stan Patrol 2506 ships. Damen delivered the first vessel (a SPa 2506) in January 2020.
Damen Shipyards Group
Damen Shipyards Group operates 36 shipbuilding and repair yards, employing 12,000 people worldwide. Damen has delivered more than 6,500 vessels in more than 100 countries and delivers around 175 vessels annually to customers worldwide. Based on its unique, standardised ship-design concept Damen is able to guarantee consistent quality.
Damen’s focus on standardisation, modular construction and keeping vessels in stock leads to short delivery times, low ‘total cost of ownership’, high resale values and reliable performance. Furthermore, Damen vessels are based on thorough R&D and proven technology.
Damen offers a wide range of products, including tugs, workboats, naval and patrol vessels, high speed craft, cargo vessels, dredgers, vessels for the offshore industry, ferries, pontoons and superyachts.
For nearly all vessel types Damen offers a broad range of services, including maintenance, spare parts delivery, training and the transfer of (shipbuilding) know-how. Damen also offers a variety of marine components, such as nozzles, rudders, winches, anchors, anchor chains and steel works.
Damen Shiprepair & Conversion (DSC) has a worldwide network of eighteen repair and conversion yards of which twelve are located in North West Europe. Facilities at the yards include more than 50 floating (and covered) drydocks, including the longest, 420 x 80 metres, and the widest, 405 x 90 metres, as well as slopes, ship lifts and indoor halls. Projects range from the smallest simple repairs through Class’ maintenance to complex refits and the complete conversion of large offshore structures. DSC completes around 1,300 repair and maintenance jobs annually, both at yards as well as in ports and during voyage.