Cape-class patrol boat
|Operators:||Australian Customs and Border Protection Service|
|Preceded by:||Bay-class patrol boat|
|Length:||57.8 metres (190 ft)|
|Beam:||10.3 metres (34 ft)|
|Draught:||3 metres (9.8 ft)|
|Speed:||25 knots (46 km/h; 29 mph)|
|Range:||4,000 nautical miles (7,400 km; 4,600 mi) at 12 knots (22 km/h; 14 mph)|
|Boats & landing
|2 x 7.3 m (24 ft) Gemini RHIBs
1 x small boat
|Armament:||2 x .50 calibre machine guns|
The Cape class is a ship class of eight large patrol boats to be operated by the Customs Marine Unit of the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service. Ordered in 2011, the vessels will be built by Austal Ships to replace Customs' Bay-class patrol boats, and will enter service from 2013 onwards.
Design and construction
The Bay class was due to be replaced in 2010, but it was not until June of that year that a request for tender was issued for eight new, larger patrol boats. Austal Ships received the tender for eight 57.8 metres (190 ft) patrol boats on 12 August 2011. Each vessel is 57.8 metres (190 ft) in length, with a beam of 10.3 metres (34 ft) and a draught of 3 metres (9.8 ft). Propulsion machinery consists of two Caterpillar 3516C diesel engines, providing 6,770 horsepower (5,050 kW) to two propeller shafts. A 160-kilowatt (210 hp) bow thruster is also fitted. Maximum speed is 25 knots (46 km/h; 29 mph), with a range of 4,000 nautical miles (7,400 km; 4,600 mi) at 12 knots (22 km/h; 14 mph), and an endurance of 28 days. They have a crew of 18. Each Cape-class vessel is armed with two .50 calibre machine guns, and carries two 7.3-metre (24 ft) Gemini RHIB interception craft in cradles at the stern, along with a small boat carried amidships.
According to media reports, prior to the tender process, information about the project was leaked to Austal by a senior Customs official. The leak was reported to occur during an investigation of claims that the tendering requirements had been set up to favour Austal. Customs stated in March 2013 that reports of leaks during the tendering process were unfounded, and that internal and external investigations of the accusation concluded that the tender process had not been compromised or set up to favour a particular tenderer.
- Parnell, Navy and Customs vessels cut back on border patrols
- Australian Security Magazine, Govt to buy new border patrol vessels
- "Austal Awarded Cape Class Patrol Boat Contract". Media Releases. Austal. 12 August 2011. Retrieved 23 August 2011.
- Saunders (ed.), IHS Jane's Fighting Ships 2012-2013, p. 39
- "Austal Patrol 58 - Cape Class". Austal. May 2013. Retrieved 9 February 2014.
- Australian Associated Press, Austal looks to Asia and Middle East
- "First Cape Class Patrol Boat officially named". Austal Media Release. Austal. Retrieved 18 March 2013.
- "Media Statement - Cape St George - 15 March 2013". Australian Customs and Border Protection Service website. Australian Customs and Border Protection Service. Retrieved 18 March 2013.
- "First Cape Class Patrol Boat officially named Cape St George". Minister for Home Affairs website. Minister for Home Affairs. Retrieved 18 March 2013.
- Besser & Snow, $350 million boat deal leak revealed
- "Media Statement - Bay Class Replacement Vessel process - 19 March 2013". Australian Customs and Border Protection Service. Australian Customs and Border Protection Service. Retrieved 17 April 2013.
- Saunders, Stephen, ed. (2012). IHS Jane's Fighting Ships 2012-2013. Jane's Fighting Ships. Coulsdon: IHS Jane's. ISBN 9780710630087. OCLC 793688752.
- News articles
- Australian Associated Press (7 January 2013). "Austal looks to Asia and Middle East". Business Spectator. Retrieved 12 January 2013.
- "Govt to buy new border patrol vessels". Australian Security Magazine. 23 June 2010. Retrieved 16 July 2010.
- Besser, Linton; Snow, Deborah (18 March 2013). "$350 million boat deal leak revealed". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 18 March 2013.
- Parnell, Sean (26 July 2010). "Navy and Customs vessels cut back on border patrols". The Australian. Retrieved 5 November 2010.