New Boats to Market


New Patrol and Rescue Vessels in the News being developed around the World.

This section is researched  and presented by
Lee Wahler,
Retired LCDR SWO and former PBR Patrol Officer.

NZ Navy's two-year wait at end  (14 Apr 2009) The first of the Navy's four new inshore patrol vessels will finally be handed over on Thursday after a series of delays and problems which have made them nearly two years overdue.

Leverage the Economy of Violence to Build a Somali Coast Guard (15 Apr 2009) In 2008 the United Nations tracked 180 reported incidents of piracy off Somalia. This breaks down to 65 suspicious approaches, 69 attempted hijackings, and 46 successful hijackings, a success rate of 40%. Through April 15th, 2009 pirates have attacked around 80 ships and have hijacked 19 of them, with a success rate of 20%. There are currently 17 ships with over 300 mariners being held hostage off the coast of Somalia.

The Watercat M12 (04 Jun 2009) is a water jet craft designed by Marine Alutech to serve the Finnish Marines as transport and landing ship in all weather conditions. The Finnish Navy ordered the development of this ship in the late 1990s as part of a modernization plan for its coastal defense forces. The resulting Watercat M12 features outstanding maneuverability and the ability to stop almost within one hull length. The first landing craft was delivered to the Finnish Navy in 2000 with 38 units produced so far.

Bollinger marks completion of CPB program  (02 May 2009) Bollinger Shipyards, Inc. hosted a Celebration of Success ceremony, Friday. It marked completion of the 87-foot Marine Protector-class Coastal Patrol Boat (CPB) project. The event featured the USCGC SEA FOX (WPB 87374).

BASRA, Iraq (17 May 2009) Iraqi Navy defender-class patrol boats are moored to a pier at Umm Qasr, south port terminal in Basra, Iraq.  (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Andre N. McIntyre/Released)

BASRA, Iraq (17 May 2009) An Iraqi Navy coastal patrol boat is moored to a pier at Umm Qasr, south port terminal in Basra, Iraq.  (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Andre N. McIntyre/Released)

SeaArk Marine, Inc., (formerly MonArk Boat Company)  has custom-built all-welded aluminum work boats for over 50 years.  Our team of 200 craftsmen supplies vessels to all branches of the U.S. Military, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the U.S. Coast Guard, Fish & Wildlife Agencies, State agencies, Commercial Oil Companies, Municipalities, and many other commercial and government entities.

Rebuilding the Riverine Fleet (19 Jun 2007) By Andrew Scutro - Staff writer Navy Times  Northrop Grumman's leading-edge navigation, surveillance, network command and control systems into this vessel. ACB’s design is 41 feet long with a 9-foot-11-inch beam and a draft of only 28 inches. Powered by two Cummins QSC 8.3-liter, 540 HP turbocharged diesel engines, the Joint Multi-mission Expeditionary Craft has a top speed of 48 miles per hour. With a crew of four, the new boat has room for another two observers and, depending on the mission, can also ferry a 14-member combat team or various cargoes up rivers or streams.  Patented hull is a mature design engineered for exceptionally responsive performance, safety, and survivability flotation. Hit a log, hit a rock, tear the hull, stay afloat, stay alive.  Modified v-hull, reverse chine, and integrated flotation chambers allow each boat to ride on top of the water with incredible stability and a shock mitigated ride.  Combination of the hull engineering and the lightweight design equates to superior fuel efficiency.

Royal Marines' display latest up-armoured and up-gunned Offshore Raiding Craft   (25 Jan 2009) Royal Marines from 539 Assault Squadron put on a display of their latest up-armoured and up-gunned Offshore Raiding Craft in the choppy waters of Plymouth Sound yesterday, Thursday 22 January 2009.
The Marines, whose traditional role has always been to maintain law and order on the high seas, put the new mid-console variant of their Raiding Craft, known as the 'racing car' of the amphibious fleet, through its paces at speeds of more than 20 knots.

US Navy HAMPTON, Va. (14 Jan 2009) The Navy, in conjunction with the Spatial Integrated Systems Incorporated, holds a demonstration of a fully autonomous unmanned surface vehicle (USV) at Fort Monroe. A harbor patrol scenario depicts how the USV uses its autonomous maritime navigation systems to patrol and scan designated areas for intruders using onboard sensors and obstacle avoidance software in order to carry out its mission and report back its findings to a command center. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Joshua Adam Nuzzo/Released)

Trinity Yachts is a builder of high-end, large vessels mostly luxury yachts.  The announcement below is interesting in several regards.  First, Trinity is building a naval craft, secondly it has built a USMI design, and lastly the two patrol craft are being built in its New Orleans yard.  Trinity shifted its HQS and is building another yard in Gulfport MS after Katrina hit the NOLA yard.  But no mention of the patrol craft on their website.

GULF OF ADEN (11 Feb 2009) Visit, board, search and seizure team members (VBSS) in a rigid-hulled inflatable boat (RHIB) from the guided-missile cruiser USS Vella Gulf (CG 72) close in to apprehend suspected pirates. Vella Gulf is the flagship for Combined Task Force 151, a multi-national task force conducting counter-piracy operations to detect and deter piracy in and around the Gulf of Aden, Arabian Gulf, Indian Ocean and Red Sea. It was established to create a maritime lawful order and develop security in the maritime environment. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communications Specialist 2nd Class Jason R. Zalasky/Released)

SEAL BEACH NAVAL WEAPONS STATION, Calif. (15 Apr 2009) Special Warfare Combatant-Craft Crewmen (SWCC) assigned to Special Boat Team (SBT) 12 get underway on an 11-meter rigid-hulled inflatable boat for a training exercise. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Joshua T. Rodriguez/Released)

USCGC Point Welcome, WPB 82329  (24 Apr 2009) The Coast Guard played an integral role in the War in Vietnam through the use of its 82-foot Patrol Boats. These Point Class Cutters were loaded onto freighters and taken overseas in support of Operation Market Time. Their White paint was covered in haze gray to reduce their prominence on the water and they were fitted with .50 caliber machine guns with piggyback 85mm mortars.


MAYPORT, Fla. (22 Apr 2009) Sailors assigned to the visit, board, search and seizure team of the guided-missile frigate USS Doyle (FFG 39) demonstrate U.S. Navy procedures to partner nation navies during UNITAS Gold, the 50th iteration of the longest running multinational maritime exercise in the world. Naval units from the U.S. will participate in several realistic tactical training scenarios with maritime forces from Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Columbia, Domincan Republic, Ecuador, Germany, Mexico, Peru and Uruguay off the coast of Florida April 20-May 5. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Ron Kuzlik/Released)

SOUTH CHINA SEA (21 Apr 2009) The Armed Forces of the Philippines Navy patrol boat BRP Leopoldo Regis (PG-847) maneuvers into position at the head of a formation exercise with the amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2) during exercise Balikatan 2009. Leopoldo Regis is participating in Balikatan 2009, an annual combined, joint-bilateral exercise involving U.S. and Armed Forces of the Philippines personnel, as well as subject matter experts from Philippine civil defense agencies. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Mark R. Alvarez/Released)

Big Value in Small Packages May Well Be the Key to More Effective Port Security. Port Security Patrol Boats. Today, a different kind of war is being fought, at home and abroad. This time, the weapons involve a terror so insidious that the very nature of maritime commerce has been altered because of it. It is widely acknowledged that perhaps the weakest link in the war that will probably never really end is represented by the 95,000+ miles of American coastline, as well as the threat inherent in waterborne activity overseas.

NOAA christened a new, state-of-the-art research vessel that will enhance the study and protection of Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary in the Gulf of Mexico.  Story continues in: Marine Log.  Built in Bellingham, Wash., by All American Marine, the twin-hulled Manta features a laboratory equipped with the latest scientific instruments, air compressors to allow divers to refill scuba tanks at sea, and a recompression chamber to enhance diver safety. The vessel can hold up to 25 people, deploy robot subs and other ocean exploration tools, and cruise at speeds up to 35 knots.

Special warfare combatant-craft crewman (SWCC) students prepare 11-meter rigid hull inflatable boats ready to go underway.  Story: Navy NewsStand by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Michelle Kapica.

United States Coast Guard's new boat, a Response Boat - Medium (RB-M) hull # 45601 demonstrates its performance during Acceptance Trials and familiarization activities. The RB-M is a multi-mission capable boat expected to operate in coastal zones which include inshore and inland waterways and open ocean out to 50 nautical miles, but will routinely operate in shallow water.

DEEPWATER LONG RANGE INTERCEPTOR BEGINS INITIAL TESTING  Anaheim, Calif. (June 6, 2007) – Construction of the Long Range Interceptor (LRI) is 95 percent complete and preliminary testing is underway at Willard Marine's facility in California.  The LRI will allow a boarding team or search and rescue party from the National Security Cutter (NSC) or Offshore Patrol Cutter (OPC) to operate independently up to 80 miles away from the cutter for up to 10 hours.

EOD Marines sink former gunboat Douglas.  On a mission that doesn’t come along often, explosive ordnance disposal Marines from Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, N.C., got to sink a retired Navy ship April 30.

General Dynamics Delivers First Unmanned Surface Vehicle to U.S. Navy for Littoral Combat Ship.


PERSIAN GULF (Feb. 13, 2008) Sailors attached to Inshore Boat Unit (IBU) 22 patrol near the Khawr Al Amaya Oil Terminal in the northern Persian Gulf off the coast of Iraq. IBU 21 & 22 are conducting security sweeps and visit, board, search and seizure operations in the northern Persian Gulf from the Royal Fleet Auxiliary dock landing ship RFA Cardigan Bay (L3009). U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Kirk Worley (Released     Source Here

Small Attack Craft Delivered to the Iranians from North Korea. I need more facts here though.

Here are some nice boats from up north.  Metalcraft Marine builds crew, utility, fire, emergency and patrol boats. They have teamed with Willard Marine in the past. They built the Canadian version of the 47 ft USCG MLB for the CGC. The Kingston series patrol boats are interesting.

VT Halter Marine of Pascagoula, MS has been building small ships the government and commercial buyers for many years.  They have bought smaller shipyards along the Gulf Coast and are now active in the patrol boat market.  They have delivered over 3,000 vessels to commercial and government clients in 29 countries on 5 continents."  They are now part of the Singapore based Vision Technologies Systems Group.

What’s missing from the hulls makes the boats of M Ship of San Diego unique. Twin channels above the waterline mix air (in orange) with water displaced by the hull to create a foam (dark blue) that lessens resistance to the hull, reducing drag and increasing speed and mileage. The aerated water also stabilizes the boat during turns and narrows the craft’s wake. M Ship has implemented the concept in 8-ft.-long sailing dinghies, Venetian vaporetto ferries and even an 80-ft.-long stealth ship for the U.S. military.  See Story Here

From Patrol Boat to Superyacht. Conversions available. Brooke Marine is back in business in the relaunch business. This former Scottish fisheries protection vessel Sulisker will become a twenty-six guest superyacht.

A Scan Eagle unmanned aerial vehicle is launched from a MK V naval special warfare boat off the coast of San Clemente Island. This is the first time a Scan Eagle, used for various applications such as intelligence gathering and battle damage assessment, has been launched from this kind of platform. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Michelle L. Kapica (Released)  Navy Link (for as long as it lasts)

Nice looking Aussie boats  especially the Singapore police boats. Western Boat Builders have the maritime boat design resources available through Naval Architect and Maritime Design firms such as Southerly Design for the widest selection of Military and Paramilitary vessel types and functions.

This is a 2 x 35m Catamaran Rescue Vessel commissioned by the Hong Kong Marine Department, built by Incat Crowther. They have a big family of utility boats that would be of value to the Navy.  Website Here

Bofors 40 MK3 Naval Gun System - Modern ships must be able to operate in different levels of conflict. In the littoral scenario the gun must have the capability of engaging threats that are impossible to engage with conventional gun systems.   More Here

In November 2004 the following HIGH SPEED CRAFT International Conference was hosted by RINA, The Royal Institute of Naval Architects in London, UK. Its purpose was to examine and debate the problems and look at possible solutions related to high speed craft designed for an ever wider range of roles and demands.  Conference Program Here

The PROTECTOR USV is an unmanned integrated naval combat system based on unmanned surface vehicles, which are highly autonomous & remotely controlled, to conduct a wide spectrum of critical missions, while eliminating unnecessary risk to personnel and capital assets. Built by Rafael Armament Development Authority, Israel.  Brochure Here

Naval Sea Systems Command - Stallion 1. This is a Technology Demonstration Craft built by Oregon Iron Works (OIW), Clackamas, OR. It is a test bed for Littoral Warfare Concepts.  Brochure Here

Just a quick review of the FY09 President's Budget just submitted shows almost $2.8 million for one to the new Riverine Combat Boats to be delivered from SafeBoats International in Dec.  Completion of Fitting-Out Feb-09

Formerly Boston Whaler (Brunswick, CG) now Brunswick’s Commercial and Government Boats. Military operations are probably the toughest of missions for any boat. In one test, marines put a thousand rounds of automatic weapons fire into a Whaler hull and it stayed afloat. There are lightweight, shallow-draft models with unequaled lift capacity for inshore or riverine work.

Willard is the premier fiberglass boat builder for the US Navy.  It is only recently that they have been building aluminum boats.  They are subcontractors to Marinette Marine to build some of the Long Range Interceptors for the USCG.

Ocean Technical Services, Inc. Otech has been builidng RHIBs since the mid-80s and are currently supplying boats to both the USCG and other DOD services.  They submitted a very interesting hydrofoil supported catamaran for the USCG RB-M but it did not win (its for sale here!).

United States Marine, Inc. (USMI), Gulfport, Miss., has successfully completed sea trials of its enhanced 90 foot composite Mark V Patrol Boat (MKV-PB(C)) special operations craft. It is constructed using advanced composite building materials, the craft is an enhanced version of USMI's 82 ft Mark V SOC interdiction craft, currently in use by U.S. Special Operations Command.

Dockstavarvet is a leading producer of aluminum boats for professional use in Scandinavia and on the international market. The first aluminium boat was delivered in 1969. High quality, short lead times and customized solutions are the shipyard’s trademarks. They were the originator of the CB-90 design Wikipedia story here.

Since 1985, Silver Ships/AMBAR has been designing and manufacturing custom aluminum boats. We have stayed on the leading edge of technology using the most up-to-date design software available. Our success in this area is a key component in achieving quality custom boats. At Silver Ships the customer's needs are discussed one-on-one with one of our experienced staff members. We start with the type of duty the vessel will perform.

United States Marine, Inc. (USMI) has and is building several boats for the US Navy and Marines.  Most notably are the 11 meter RIB for NSW and the SOC-R aluminum riverine patrol boat which both NSW and NECC uses. Als their HSL on T-AGS oceanographic ships.

SeaArk Marine was formerly MonArk Boat Co, and custom-built all-welded aluminum work boats for over 45 years. They have been supplying boats to US Navy for both coastal warfare and harbor defense for sometime.  They built the orginal River Assault Craft for the Marines which is called Stinger.

Zodiac Military and Professional Craft is one of the world's largest builders of fast inflatables and RHIBs. The company provides full up boats as well as standard and specialized engines and has an engineering and logistical support. In addition they have a formal fast RHIB training academy. The current projects of interest is the USCG Short Range Prosecutor.  See Zodiac Hurricane HERE

M Ship Co., LLC, of San Diego, California, is a veteran-owned small business specializing in the design, development and delivery (D3) of innovative marine concepts for the military, commercial and recreational markets. Inventions patented by the firm's founders have redefined naval architectures' approach to achieving improved speed and stability and set new benchmarks for performance on the water.

Coast Guard personnel have been taking Ohio's only ice boat out on Lake Erie for training missions. Five crew members of the U.S. Coast Guard Station in Marblehead braved chilly temperatures this week for a 1 1/2-hour training session which began and ended at Dempsey Fishing Access area in Danbury Township. "It'll go over the water, over the ice. We drove it right up the ramp.

Umoe Mandal AS  (Norway) is a leading force in naval technology and they plan to stay in this position. Their products include Mine Counter Measure Vessels, Search and Rescue Craft, Air Cushion Catamaran Fast Attack Craft, Monohull High speed Patrol and Attack Craft.

To provide a fast response vessel that would be capable of operations in both fresh and salt water, a small, 50-ft aluminum fast attack fireboat was developed. Built at Metalcraft in Kingston, Ontario, the vessel arrived in Seattle in August 2007

Response Boat -  Medium Replacing the capability of the 41' UTB and other large non-standard boats for the United States Coast Guard. Marinette Marine Corporation (MMC) in Marinette, WI and Kvichak Marine, Kent, WA are joint builders of these vessels.

Moose Boats builds the highest-quality aluminum catamarans in the industry. Our boats are designed to meet a variety of mission-specific applications for law enforcement, emergency response and security patrol purposes.       Photo Gallery The Israeli Navy soon will receive the first of seven fast patrol craft, aiming to nearly double its coastal defense capabilities by 2009. Contracted in January 2006 under a combined U.S. Foreign Military Sales (FMS) and locally funded MoD program, the acquisition includes four Super Dvora Mk-IIIs by Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) and three Shaldag, or Kingfisher, craft by Israel Shipyards. Story here

Aluminum Chambered Boats (ACB), Inc. Bellingham, Washington, reports that it has shipped the first of 47 rigid hull inflatable boats for the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Boat-Large (CB-L) fleet. The 24’ CB-L has been shipped to New Jersey for ‘finalacceptance’ by the end user and deployment on a 210’ Coast Guard Cutter.

SAFE Boats International, has been contracted to provide a new asset to the United States Navy’s Riverine force. The vessel, designated as the Riverine Command Boat (RCB), is a 49-ft. diesel/jet platform with reconfiguration capabilities that will allow the Navy to convert the vessel’s mission with minimal changes to the base design. More Here

Midnight Express, CBP.  Border Patrol Maritime Branch now DHS CBP standardized on Mercury outboards.  See photo of one of their pursuit boats at Andrews AFB. Governments around the world have employed Midnight Express and its 39' Interceptor to apprehend other boats on the water.   See their website here.

SAFE Boats RB-S Defender Class for CG. Designed exclusively for the United States Coast Guard by SAFE Boats International, the RB-S (Response Boat, Security) "Defender" Class is the perfect boat to combat terrorism threats, and help keep our country's borders safe and secure.

(01/28/04)   Maximum Thunder, to build a Fast Attack Craft Target Boat (FACT Boat). US Naval Air Warfare Weapons Division has selected  Maximum Thunder, to build a Fast Attack Craft Target Boat (FACT Boat)!  We got the award mid December . . .

(07/27/03)  Cutfinger Watercraft with a patent for the world fastest rough water craft. This is a new concept for boat and watercraft propulsion. It will revolutionize boat design forever by allowing watercraft to sustain high speeds while slicing through sea swells - not over them. The new design was recently awarded a U.S. patent and International patent for the overall design, as well as detailed systems that the watercraft will employ.   Their website here.