"The first SWATH@A&R-type Patrol Boat worldwide was christened today at Abeking & Rasmussen Shipyard in Lemwerder. Mrs. Nellija Kleinberga, Mayor of the Latvian town Skrunda, dropped the bottle of champagne onto the bow and named the vessel “SKRUNDA”.
“SKRUNDA” is the first vessel of a series of five well proven 25m SWATH@A&R design of Abeking & Rasmussen. In co-operation with Riga Shipyard, the vessels are being built in Riga and Lemwerder.
The new vessels feature a modular mission bay at the fore ship. By fitting appropriate mission payloads, such as a diving module or a MCM module, the capabilities of the vessels can be enhanced flexibly.
The decision for the SWATH concept was made in order to benefit from the extraordinary seaworthiness. Offering calm movements in high seastate, superior to 3 – 4 times larger ships, “SKRUNDA” is still a compact vessel with small machinery, low fuel consumption and a small crew.
This combination offers a high availability at low life-cycle costs. Up to 8 crew can stay for one week at sea even under adverse weather conditions to fulfil the main tasks for the new vessels, Patrol and Surveillance of the territorial waters and in the exclusive economical zone as well as participation in international assignments.
Since the fendering of the pilot boats will be retained, the 25m SWATH@A&R Patrol Boats will be ideal for all types of boarding operations.
This delivery continues the SWATH@A&R success story, as it is already the 12th vessel of the SWATH@A&R construction. Since 1999 several vessels with lengths of 25m, 40m, 50m and 60m as Pilot Vessels, as a privately-owned motor yacht or service vessel for offshore windfarms, are in service worldwide." (с)