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Products and solutions, 2007-12-10, 02:00 PM

Production Start of a Revenue Cutter in SWATH Technology

Hamburg/Emden, December 10, 2007

Today at 13:00 hrs the first steel plate was flame cut for a revenue cutter in SWATH technology. This action represents the official start of production of two revenue cutters in SWATH technology which will be built by Nordseewerke GmbH, a company of ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems. The contractor is the Procurement Agency of the German Federal Customs Administration. The first vessel is scheduled for delivery in May 2009. For the Emden-based shipyard this order means the opportunity to continue consequently Nordseewerke’s SWATH family, basing upon the experiences made with the SWATH Research Vessel “Planet”. In 2004 the “Planet” was selected as “Ship of the Year”.
SWATH stands for Small Waterplane Area Twin Hull, this means a twin hull vessel with a very small displacement area on the waterline. Owing to this small waterline area the ship is hardly affected by seaway. As a result, vessels built in SWATH technology demonstrate an extremely good behaviour – even in case of heavy seaway. The German Federal Customs Administration has chosen a vessel with these characteristics in order to ensure an optimum realization of its sovereign tasks – together with other authorities.

The revenue cutters have a displacement of less than 1,000 tons and are driven diesel-electrically. The boats will be built according to German Lloyd regulations and will have the following main features:

Overall length approx. 49 m
Moulded breadth 19 m
Moulded depth 9 m
Propulsion dieselelectric 2 x 3,500 kW

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