Safe Boats delivers two new boats to Royal Bahamas Police Force

10 January 2016 (Last Updated January 10th, 2016 18:30)

Safe Boats International has delivered two 41ft-long boats for the Royal Bahamas Police Force (RBPF).

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Safe Boats International has delivered two 41ft-long boats for the Royal Bahamas Police Force (RBPF).

Named the center console-offshore interceptors, the new boats are in addition to those delivered in December. They were procured through a joint effort by the US Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) and the RBPF.

The interceptors are being introduced to curb narcotics and human trafficking interdiction in the Bahamian waters.

Featuring a patented hull and collar design, the aluminium-built patrol class boat is fitted with Shoxs seats, shock mitigation technology, which enables the vessel to stand the rough resistance, exerted by the thrashing waves during an operation.

The helm seat design has throttle controls integrated into the seat which enable the coxswain and the controls to withstand the rough impacts while operating at high speeds.

Other features include a Garmin navigation suite, multiple radios and a FLIR M-Series thermal imaging camera integrated into three multifunction display screens, allowing the crew a clear visibility while being embarked into an operation in low-light conditions.

Propelled by four Mercury 300hp Verado engines, the vessel can achieve speeds in excess of 50k in the most extreme rough water conditions, a range of more than 400nm.

"If not for their extremely professional boat crews and superior equipment they would not be nearly as effective as they are now."

SAFE Boats International Latin America and the Caribbean sales director John Hotz said: "We have worked very close with the Royal Bahamas Marine Support Services Branch to develop a boat with mission specific equipment that significantly advances their patrol and interdiction capabilities while keeping their crew safe under the most extreme conditions.

"The Royal Bahamas Police commonly operate in dangerous conditions and very remote areas.

"If not for their extremely professional boat crews and superior equipment they would not be nearly as effective as they are now."

Safe is currently building 52 coastal interceptor vessels for the US Customs and Border Protection. The vessels are expected to be delivered this year.


Image: An image of 41ft-long center console offshore interceptors. Photo: courtesy of SAFE Boats International, LLC.