First of five new patrol boats delivered to

Swedish manufacturer Marell Boats recently delivered the first of a series of five new Marell M12 RIB patrol boats for the Norwegian police.

The multi-purpose fast patrol and interceptor vessels will be delivered in the first quarter of 2023 and will enter service at five different locations along the coast of southern Norway.

The aluminum-hulled medium-sized patrol boats will be used for patrols and missions such as surveillance, search and rescue, boarding and control of pleasure boats. It will also serve as a training platform for police personnel in boat handling and navigation. Each boat will be able to carry up to 10 people and operational equipment.

The combination of the central helm station with an almost absent lift-off sill offers the helmsman total control and good 360-degree visibility at all speeds and in all conditions, specifies the yard.

The wheelhouse offers space for two crew members forward, seated in Ullman suspension chairs, and eight passengers seated in jockey seats aft. Forward of the cabin there is a seating area with toilet and a small pantry. The boat has a wide beam, which allows easy passage on both sides of the wheelhouse, from bow to stern. The low aft deck is particularly suitable for divers, drones and life rafts while being an effective platform for hoisting and recovering casualties.

The canopy is made of vacuum molded GRP to reduce weight and noise, and to insulate the crew area from the effects of cold and hot weather. The novelty of this design approach makes the craft suitable for arctic and tropical conditions.

These M12 RIBs will feature a twin-engine configuration featuring Mercury’s new 600HP V12 Verado engines, providing high propulsion efficiency across the entire speed range. The engine configuration will produce high speed performance above 55 knots.

Earnest A. Martinez