Jet propulsion for Spanish police patrol vessels
Fri, 10 October 2014
Rolls-Royce has secured a contract to supply waterjets for two Spanish Police Guardia Civil 20m Patrol boats in Spain. These vessels will be built by Astilleros Gondan Shipyard.
This is the first time Rolls-Royce waterjets will feature on Guardia Civil boats, which operate in challenging conditions of strong winds and currents in demanding circumstances. According to Rolls-Royce, the stainless steel series waterjets have high fuel efficiency, good towing capability and acceleration as well as excellent durability. This enables them to have low servicing requirements, helping to meet the demands made of them during the lifetime of the vessel.
Jose Antonio Losada, Rolls-Royce, General Sales Manager – Spain, said: “We are delighted that Rolls-Royce has been selected to provide waterjet technology for the next generation of Guardia patrol boats being delivered by Astilleros Gondan. Astilleros Gondan is one of the leading ship builders in Spain and we look forward to continuing our relationship with them.
“Rolls-Royce waterjet technology offers a combination of speed, efficiency and excellent manoeuvrability for these vessels, which will regularly operate in challenging sea conditions. These are essential factors for coast guards and navies around the world in addition to highly reliable equipment and a working service support network which we supply.”
Astilleros Gondan is a well-known shipyard which builds a range of vessels including tugs, fishing vessels and patrol boats. They are currently building their second Rolls-Royce design UT 776 for Simon Mokster.
Alvaro Garcia, Gondan GRP & Aluminum, General Manager, said: “Reliability and performance are of utmost importance in our industry and are how all vessels are measured, which is why we chose Rolls-Royce waterjet units. We are looking forward to commencing sea trials to confirm the speed and manoeuvrability of the 40S steel waterjets on our vessels.”
The new patrol boats will also feature the Rolls-Royce compact control system for water jets which is delivered as a complete package and has been tested and proven at Rolls-Royce facilities enabling fast installation.
By Jake Frith