Three fully electric patrol boats named


Three new Damen Patrol Vessels 1304 Electric were named in a recent ceremony at the Scheepvaart Museum in the maritime heart of Amsterdam. Two of the ships, named Waterpieper and Waterhoen, were commissioned by Gemeente Amsterdam (the city of Amsterdam) and the third (P55) is for Politie Eenheid Amsterdam (the Amsterdam police). They will be used for general patrol missions in and around the canals of Amsterdam.

The hulls of the ships were built at Damen Shipyards Kozle in Poland and then shipped to Damen Shipyards Hardinxveld for fitting and delivery.

Each of the new vessels is 13.5 meters long and fitted with a single 130 kW electric motor powered by an EST-Floattech 273 kWh (Waterpieper and Waterhoen) / 136 kWh (P55) battery set. The maximum speed is 16 km / h and at an average speed they are able to run for a full day before needing recharging. The P55 is also equipped with a diesel generator for extra range when needed. The accommodation is composed of a wheelhouse with a dining area with panoramic visibility, and each has a sanitary space and a kitchen below.

Femke Halsema, the mayor of Amsterdam, did the honor of naming one of the ships as a demonstration of the importance of sustainability for the city. The sponsors of the other two were Janis Tamsma, head of the Amsterdam Police Operations Unit, and Esmeralda Wallas Groenewoud, Director of Public Space Supervision and Enforcement (THOR). Annelies Damen led the Damen delegation to the event.

“These new zero emission vessels are a welcome addition to our fleet and we have found the cooperation with Damen to be pleasant and constructive,” said Mike Moerman, Inspector Vaarwegen, Team Nautisch Toezicht, THOR. “Thanks to the recent allocation of two additional patrol boats, we are able to continue this cooperation. “

Jeroen van Woerkum, Commercial Manager at Damen Shipyards Hardinxveld, added: “We are very pleased to provide more proven DPV 1304 patrol boats to the city of Amsterdam and its police forces. They are ideal for operations in restricted waterways and with their fully electric propulsion, they will undertake their tasks in a clean and quiet manner and thus contribute to a sustainable environment.

Damen has supplied the city of Amsterdam with patrol boats in the past. In 2004 it delivered a conventional diesel powered DPV 1304 and another in 2013 with its first hybrid electric propulsion system. Two more Damen 1304 Electric patrol vessels are on order for delivery in 2023.

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