Austal has launched the first of six 30-metre aluminium fast patrol craft being built for the Trinidad and Tobago Coast Guard at its Western Australian shipyard.
‘Ordered in April 2008, construction of the vessels is currently ahead of schedule, with delivery expected in early 2010. Sea trials of the first fast patrol craft are scheduled for early next month. Each vessel has a maximum speed of 40 knots, a range of 1,000 nautical miles and will be armed with general purpose machine guns and a 20mm cannon. Once delivered, the vessels will support the Trinidad and Tobago Coast Guard in providing sustained surveillance in the country’s internal waters, the archipelagic territorial sea and its exclusive economic zone (EEZ). Following delivery, Austal will provide a five-year comprehensive maintenance and support services programme, which will include scheduled planned and preventative maintenance support, unscheduled maintenance, management and performance of annual surveys and maintenance periods as well as shore-based engineering support.