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Silver Ships Delivers 880-hp Navy Patrol Boats - 3/25/2013 -

Silver Ships Inc., Theodore, Ala., recently finished up an order for six Riverine Patrol Boats (RPB) for the U.S. Navy.

Built for the Navy’s Foreign Military Sales (FMS) program, the 40'×10'8" RPBs feature a center console configuration with the bow area capable of transporting troops and equipment in support of maritime green-water patrols and providing rapid egress through a bow door.  

"Our competitiveness with foreign shipyards in securing overseas market [contracts] stems through our quality of workmanship along with our [quality assurance] standards, understanding and implementation of design in accordance with ABYC (American Boat and Yacht Council) standards,” said Scott Clanton, Silver Ships’ director of special projects. "It has kept us on or above our peers, whether U.S. or foreign small boat manufacturers.”  

Designed by naval architect Lou Codega and constructed with marine-grade aluminum, the RPB has been engineered to be beachable and fully capable of shallow- and open-water operations. It’s designed to facilitate maintenance, inspections and repairs as needed to provide ease of operation and extended service life.

Main propulsion comes from twin Yanmar 6LY2A-STP diesels, producing 440 hp at 3,300 rpm each. The Laborde Products Inc.-supplied engines are connected to Hamilton HJ-292 waterjets through ZF 280 marine gears. The propulsion package gives the RPB a running speed of 40 knots.

Ballistic protection was incorporated into the design and the RPB has "multiple crew-served weapon foundations.” The contract includes trailers, onboard and deployable spares, OEM technical manuals, boat manual and training. 

"Building and delivering a vessel is probably the easiest portion of a foreign sale. However, the term ‘cradle to grave’ is where the challenge lies,” said Clanton. "Being able to provide the after-sale service and support is crucial to the end user and Silver Ships has limited its area of focus to those areas of the world we know we can support.”

The shipyard is also under contract to deliver two center-console 36' rigid-hull inflatable boats to FMS, which will be shipped to Yemen.

Silver Ships is also busy with two 48' oil recover vessels for Aramco Oil Co., which will be delivered to Saudi Arabia. Both are pilothouse configured with 20' of open well deck area, which the oil recovery system will occupy and deploy through a bow door with a 10' beam. Like the RPBs, the contract includes trailers, onboard and deployable spares, OEM technical manuals, and in-country training.

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