Patrol Boat Order for Austal
Austal has been has been awarded a contract for the design, construction and supply of six, 16 m aluminium monohull boats for the Water Police in the Australian state of New South Wales. This order will add to the previous Austal delivery of two, 22 m and seven, 16 m patrol boats delivered in 2000. As with the previous vessels this order will be built over a period of approximately 10 months.
The patrol boats will include twin Caterpillar C12 diesel engines each rated 492 kW driving through two Twin Disc Quickshift MGX 5114A gearboxes for a maximum speed of 28 knots and a cruise speed of 20 knots. The boats are designed and built to operate up to 200 nautical miles offshore with a 400 nautical mile range at cruising speed. The first of these vessels is due for delivery in early 2006, with all six expected to be in operation by July.
For more information: www.austal.com