As of the end of 2020 the Port Authority Officers will also patrol on the water. Thanks to two new hybrid port maintenance vessels they will be able to intervene more quickly and raise the level of safety and security.
The new hybrid patrol vessels are equipped with a battery pack with a pure electric endurance of 2.5 hours at a speed of 9 km/h, which happens to be a good patrol pace.
In addition they will have two other energy modes, enabling them to operate on diesel alone or in hybrid mode. This unique system uses less fuel and produces minimal CO2 emissions.
Thanks to a soot filter and integrated exhaust gas purification they also produce less gaseous pollutants (SOx/NOx). The vessels will charge up with green electricity at onshore power points operated by the Nautical Operational Cluster (NOC) at quay 1622.
Kooiman Marine Group has obtained a contract from the Port of Antwerp to design and build 2 aluminium patrol vessels. In ordering the hybrid enforcement vessels, the Port of Antwerp is emphasising the port’s sustainability and safety ambitions. The innovative hybrid vessels were developed by Kooiman Engineering and will be built by Scheepswerf Gebr. Kooiman, both from Zwijndrecht.
The vessel dimensions are LOA 25.0 m, beam 5.4 m, moulded depth 3.1 m and draught 1.36 m. The vessel can achieve maximum speeds of 35 km/h using diesel propulsion and 22 km/h using the hybrid propulsion system.
The vessels will be equipped with a battery package enabling them to sail for 2.5 hours at 9 km/h exclusively on electric power. The vessels also have two other power modes; full diesel propulsion or hybrid propulsion. A unique system that results in lower fuel consumption and minimal CO2 emissions. The diesel particulate filter and integrated exhaust gas treatment system also ensure that fewer harmful substances (SOx/NOx) are released. Delivery is planned for autumn 2020.
The vessels are an ongoing development of an earlier patrol vessel that Kooiman Marine Group designed, built and delivered. The successful delivery of this first vessel is now being continued.