New Fishery Patrol Vessel (FPV) for the Falkland Islands provided under a 15-year contract by Seagull Maritime Ltd to begin patrols next year.
Stan 5009 Axe-Bow vessel built in Vietnam. To be named ‘Lilibet’ in honour of the late Queen.
The Brits do things differently. They have different fisheries protection agencies in different areas and in some cases, it is done by the Royal Navy. A Royal Navy River Class Batch II Offshore Patrol Vessel, HMS Forth, also patrols the Falklands, South Georgia, and South Sandwich Islands.
The Damen Stan Patrol 5009 basically replaced their Stan Patrol 4708 that was the basis of the Webber class WPCs in their product portfolio. (The number represents nominal length and beam in meters.) The 5009 is 50.1 meters in length and 9.4 meters of beam, so slightly larger than the Webber class. (More info here.)
Weather around the Falklands is not unlike that on Alaska Patrol, typically nasty. The “axe bow” would reduce pitch, but the bow might tend to be wetter.
We saw this class in an earlier post that may give some insight into how these little ships might be equipped.