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.
Circle 190 on Reader Service Card
Other stories from June 2003 issue
- SS Norway Boiler Room Explosion Claims Seven Lives page: 3
- 95th Anniversary of the Burning of General Slocum page: 8
- Color Line Builds IT Environment With SIS page: 12
- BASS Provides New CrewNet Version page: 12
- Inmarsat Launch New Fleet Services page: 16
- Northrop Grumman Completes Builder's Trials on USS Ronald Reagan page: 17
- AIS - Panacea or Pandora's Box page: 18
- Government Update page: 20
- Seabulk Contracts for PSV in Brazil page: 22
- A.K. Suda Designed Crew/Supply Boat Carries More for Less page: 24
- Seminar Series Aims to Ensure Compliance page: 26
- NOAA Ship Whiting Decommissioned After 3 9 Years Of Service page: 29
- Enter the LNG-Fueled Supply Ship page: 30
- Triple Delivery for FBM Babcock Marine page: 31
- Innovative Propulsion System for Ferry page: 32
- America's Super Liner to Set Sail Once Again? page: 34
- Bulker Water Ingress Alarms page: 40
- Bulkers Shaped by Regulations? page: 40
- Prestige - A Charterer's Reaction page: 44
- U.S. Shipbuilding 2003: A Congested Attempt to Fund page: 48
- Littoral Combat Ship Leads the Charge page: 54
- New FSPV Vessel Unveiled page: 62
- SSS: Separate Storage Shuttling page: 62
- Tuna Farming Goes Offshore page: 64
- NOx Emissions from Merchant Ships page: 68
- Salvage Posture Changing With The Times page: 73
- A Step Forward For Thick Section Plate Cutting page: 77