HMC Seeker

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HMCC Seeker at Bangor by Aubrey Dale.jpg
HMC Seeker in Bangor in 2006
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Name: Seeker
Builder: Damen Group, Netherlands
Launched: 2001
Identification: IMO number: 9234795[1]
Callsign: ZQNL2
General characteristics
Class & type: UKBF 42m Customs Cutter
Length: 42.80 m (140.4 ft)[2]
Beam: 7.11 m (23.3 ft)[2]
Draught: 2.52 m (8.3 ft)[2]
Installed power: 4,176 kW (5,600 hp)
Propulsion:

Two Caterpillar 3516B DI-TA Elec
Two 3.5:1 reduction gearboxes
Two 4-blade controllable pitch propellers
One Promac bow thruster

Two 106kWA generator sets
Speed: 26 knots (48 km/h)
Range: 1,750 nmi (3,240 km) at 12kn
Endurance: 14 days
Boats & landing
craft carried:
  • One 7m RIB (32 kn)
  • One 3.8m Rescue Boat
Complement: 12

HMC Seeker is a Border Agency (customs) cutter of the United Kingdom. She was launched by Damen Shipyards in the Netherlands in 2001 and is one of four 42-metre (138 ft) cutters formerly operated by Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs, and since 2008 operated by the UK Border Agency.

Prefix[edit]

The Inland Revenue and HM Customs and Excise Departments merged to form HM Revenue and Customs on 18 April 2005, and from this time customs cutters changed their prefix from "HMRC" (Her Majesty's Revenue Cutter) to "HMCC" (Her Majesty's Customs Cutter). Following transfer to the UK Border Agency this was shortened to the current "HMC" (Her Majesty's Cutter) and a new livery applied to the fleet of cutters.[3]

Construction[edit]

HMC Seeker is the lead ship of the Customs and Excise's fleet of 42-metre customs patrol vessels. She was built in 2001 in Damen Shipyards in the Netherlands, and has a steel hull with an aluminium superstructure.[2] Much effort has been expended in making her quiet to reduce crew fatigue; her engines are raft-mounted, decks throughout the ship are of a floating type, and her compartments are constructed on a box-within-a-box principle.[2]

Her 7-metre (23 ft) Rigid Inflatable Boat (RIB) can be launched from her stern slipway. She is fitted with a 2,000-litre (440 imp gal) per minute fire fighting system for dealing with fires in other ships.

Propulsion[edit]

She is fitted with twin Caterpillar 3516B DI-TA Elec engines driving twin 4-bladed controllable-pitch propellers through a pair of 3.5:1 reduction gearboxes. The total installed power of 4,176 kW (5,600 hp)[2] gives her a top speed of 26 knots (48 km/h).[2] A single Promac bow thruster is fitted[2] for slow speed manoeuvring in confined spaces. Electrical power is supplied by a pair of 106kWA generators.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "9234795". Miramar Ship Index. http://www.miramarshipindex.org.nz. Retrieved 21 June 2009. (subscription required)
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Valiant - Damen Shipyards Gorinchem delivers a Damen Stan Patrol 4207 to H.M. Customs and Excise". Retrieved 2009-06-21. 
  3. ^ As referenced and illustrated in this Police Oracle website article, featuring HMC Vigilant.