Having tested two Hull Vanes on the lead vessels in a series of police patrol vessels of two types, Damen Shipyards has now ordered four more.
Following a European public tender, Damen Shipyards recently built and successfully delivered a 20m Stan Patrol 2005 and a 25m Stan Patrol 2506 to the Dutch National Police. In the bid package, Damen Shipyards introduced a number of solutions to reduce emissions, such as a light-weight composite superstructure and an exhaust gas after treatment system. To reduce the fuel consumption at patrol speed (20 km/h) and to reduce the wavemaking of the vessels, Damen included a Hull Vane® on both designs.
While the 20m patrol vessels will be used predominantly on inland waters, the 25m will venture out in coastal waters frequently, and will therefore also benefit from the reduced ship motions in waves offered by the Hull Vane®.
With the performance proven on the first two vessels in the series, Damen Shipyards has now placed an order for four more Hull Vanes, to complete the series of six vessels for the Dutch National Police. These vessels will be delivered during 2020 and 2021.
Bruno Bouckaert, Sales Director of Hull Vane BV, commented: “We are very pleased to count Damen Shipyards among our repeat customers. From the 28 Hull Vanes built so far, eight have been installed on patrol vessels and another six are on order for other patrol vessels. Making less waves means that less energy is needed to propel these vessels.”
Rather than just specifying a top speed and aim for the lowest build cost, public tenders are increasingly based on lifecycle costs, with a clearly defined operational profile. The result is a vessel with significantly lower operating costs and improved performance in real-life conditions.