Swiftships to build six more patrol boats for Egyptian navy


The following is the text of a news release from Swiftships LLC:

(MORGAN CITY, La.) (Nov. 4) — Swiftships LLC has been awarded a contract for construction of six 35-meter patrol boats (PBs) for the Egyptian navy (EN). After a technical evaluation performed by a committee designated by the Egyptian government, Swiftships' 35m PB was determined to have the best platform according to the EN requirements. The six patrol boats will be constructed at the Egyptian Ship Building and Repairs Co. (ESBRC) in Alexandria, Egypt. Swiftships has built a total of 23 boats for the Egyptian navy including mine hunters, survey vessels, and both steel and aluminum patrol boats.

Swiftships' 35m PB hull and superstructure is constructed of all-welded aluminum alloy. The hull includes seven watertight bulkheads forming eight watertight compartments. Boats can be refueled at sea using side-by-side procedures, and run on diesel fuel. The functionality of this vessel is to contain and conquer almost any aerial and subsea enemy threats. Weather survivability includes sea state 5, survival at the best heading, and fully operational capability at sea state 3.

About BOT: Swiftships’ Build, Operate, Transfer (BOT), also known as co-production, allows for shipbuilding knowledge and expertise to be transferred to developing nations. The public administration increasingly turns to private funding to execute new infrastructure projects and economies can benefit from this public-private partnership. The participation of Swiftships, a strong technical arm, helps enhance the shipbuilding and ship repair trade, and as a result, infrastructure, modernization, and employment flourish in the region in which co-production is applied.

By Professional Mariner Staff