Triple Delivery for FBM Babcock Marine

A trio of 88.5-ft. (27-m) patrol vessels being built by Southampton based FBM Babcock Marine Ltd. have arrived in the Port of Southampton on the back of a heavy lift mother ship. At press time, the trio was scheduled to undergo final testing prior to delivery.

The vessels are part of a six-vessel fleet designed by FBM Babcock Marine and built in their shipyards in Scotland and the Philippines for SMIT International (Scotland) Ltd.

The vessels will be used by SMIT International (Scotland) for training military aircrew in marine survival techniques, helicopter winching drills and general marine support tasks, as part of a Public Private Partnership Program awarded by the U.K. MOD.

The vessels are an adaptation of FBM Babcock Marine's 27-m patrol vessel. Their design includes an aft docking well for a RIB or for torpedo recovery, a full width stern training platform and clear deck areas for helicopter winching drills. Comprised of aluminum, the vessels are powered by twin engines to propellers and an additional center-line engine to waterjet.

The addition of the waterjet allows the vessels to operate economically at slow speed for long periods of time, while also providing outstanding maneuverability.

Accommodation is provided for six crew.

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Maritime Reporter Magazine, page 31,  Jun 2003

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