Seawaves reports delivery of a new 43 meter patrol boat,
May 13, 2021 – Rodman Polyships S.A.U., a shipyard of the Rodman Group specialized in the building of all types of FRP (Fiberglass Reinforced Polyester) vessels, finishes this April the delivery of a new vessel to the Spanish Tax Administration Agency (Agencia Estatal de Administración Tributaria). This is the new Rodman 138, the longest offshore patrol vessel in Fiberglass Reinforced Polyester that has been built in Europe and probably worldwide, so far, which is already part of the Customs Surveillance fleet to carry out missions at sea and provide coastal patrol service, covering large surveillance areas.
Specifications describe a vessel slightly smaller than the Webber class WPC.
Length: 43 meters, Speed 26 knots, range 2000 nautical miles, Crew 18
The remarkable characteristic is the performance on what appears to be relatively low power. For the claimed 26 knots top speed “Propulsion is provided by two 1,500 kW four-stroke diesel engines.” That is about 4000 HP, about on third of the power the Webbers require to reach 28 knots.