Norwegian police command five patrol boats in Marell

Swedish builder Marell Boats announces that it has won a new contract to supply five fast patrol boats and interceptor vessels to the Norwegian police. The five new M12 RIBs will be delivered from the third quarter of this year until the first quarter of 2023, to five different locations in southern Norway.

The medium-sized patrol boats will be used by the Norwegian police 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 newest model introduced by the Swedish shipyard, the M12 RIB is designed as a modern high-speed patrol boat for the law enforcement segment, constructed of lightweight and strong materials with a fuel-efficient aluminum hull. 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.

This new model is based on Marell’s proven M15 platform, already used by the Stockholm Maritime Police and as a fire boat by the Greater Stockholm Fire Department, as well as a tourist boat by Hurtigruten Svalbard.

“It is one of the best high performance boats we have built. With the Marell M12 RIB, we are presenting a new model of patrol boat to law enforcement customers around the world,” said Patrik Söderholm , founder and CEO of Marell Boats.

Marianne Haahjem, Director of Purchasing and Legal Services Department of Norwegian Police Shared Services, said: “Marell Boats offered a robust boat which in this purchasing process best met the specifications published by NPSS. For example, the boat facilitates close cooperation between helmsman and navigator during high-speed manoeuvres. It also offers the best speed/load capacity ratio. We expect this to be a solid addition to the Norwegian police in the years to come.

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 the new Mercury 600HP V12 Verado engines, providing high propulsion efficiency throughout the speed range. The engine configuration will produce high speed performance above 55 knots.

All five Marell M12 RIBs will be custom built for the Norwegian Police, but the M12 RIB can also be designed for other government customers as well as commercial or recreational customers. In addition to the RIB model, the M12 can also be configured as a patrol, SAR, crew or tour boat for government and commercial customers, or as a tender or custom boat for recreational customers.

Earnest A. Martinez