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Singapore launches six next-generation patrol craft

The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) has launched six next-generation patrol craft to enhance the nation’s frontline capabilities.

These 17-metre patrol craft are equipped with Intelligent Port Marine System to enhance enforcement patrols and respond to marine emergencies, as well as enhance navigational safety and protection of the marine environment.

The vessels have predictive capabilities using both real-time and historical data, and can integrate data analytics with onboard surveillance, coupled with navigation and communication systems to improve information relay from the craft to shore-based command centres.

The new patrol craft also possess new surveillance capabilities such as multi-sensor marine thermal cameras, chemical gas detectors and drones. Equipped with a dispersant spray system and containment booms, the patrol craft can also be deployed to respond to oil spills.

The six new patrol craft replace the existing fleet of patrol craft, which operated between 2012 and 2020.

In addition, MPA has deployed two new patrol launches for flag and port state control inspections, and to conduct checks on bunkering and private wharves activities. These 15-metre patrol launches will also support enforcement patrols and response efforts during emergencies.

Captain Kevin Wong, port master of MPA, said: “The next-generation patrol craft and launches enhance our incident response capabilities and improve the operational effectiveness of our officers in conducting their work in the port of Singapore. MPA consistently explores and adopts new technology to meet our operational needs and improve our frontline capabilities. The feedback we received from our officers were integral to the design of these vessels.”

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