The High-Speed Long-Range Offshore Interdiction Patrol and Research Vessel
In order to take steps that are focused on implementing sweeping anti-whaling and conservation actions at a landscape scale, we must mandate several new ships, assets, projects, and capabilities in our bylaws.
One project is the M/V Barracuda which serves several needs within IMMCS. She avoids being overcrowded, given the length and 68-foot (20.8-meter) beam. The vessels gross tonnage is 1,124 with current loadout in concept and will vary depending on the gear that is installed aboard and any new modifications which may be added to the anti-poaching patrol vessel.
The M/V Barracuda vessel has significant stowage for spare parts and other goods. Climate control is provided for those areas. She can even provide bunkering services for any IMMCS patrol vessel or those of other environmental agencies apart of the Anti-Poaching Joint Task Force. Extra crew, security, or fisheries enforcement officers can stay aboard, in accommodations for 20.
Much like the M/V Aegis zero fuel submarine now in development, the M/V Barracuda will be equipped with a new state of the art propulsion system, large energy storage capabilities, enhanced speed and endurance capabilities that ensure an enduring defeat of poaching and whaling. The M/V Aegis is so advanced it can operate 365 days a year with zero refuelings. The Aegis is the fastest anti-poaching interceptor submarine, capable of exceeding 100 knots in interdiction mode when surfaced.
Adapting this technology onboard the Barracuda – when successful on the Aegis ship, will of course greatly enhance our already ever-growing offshore conservation requirements and our ability to project a serious enforcement mechanism beyond anything currently in operation.
Of course, the M/V Barracuda has plenty of places for equipment and support craft to stay. They’ll go on deck and in dedicated hangars. The possibilities include smaller manned and unmanned submarines (not the Aegis platform), rhibs up to 36 feet (11 meters), several jet skis, among other advanced craft and research tools, and wildlife rescue medical support equipment for rescues at sea.
The crane in the illustrations here, directly behind the superstructure, can lift and launch the equipment required to conduct and fulfill the IMMCS mission anywhere in the world.
Boarding and disembarking would occur either alongside the LROIP-RV or aft. Naval Architects have included opening platforms to make it easier to quickly deploy and load response teams.
The support craft includes two vehicles and a helicopter, the latter kept in a central hangar, not just intended for touch and go operations. In fact, among all the equipment the LROIP-RV can carry, her helicopter, surveillance technology, and unmanned systems are likely to be the most unusual, advanced, and interesting of them all.
She can cruise with a Eurocopter EC155B1, meant for 13 members of any IMMCS unit and one to two pilots. That’s much bigger than the helicopters that these types of vessels usually carry. Maintenance can occur on the deck or inside dedicated climate-controlled hangars and refueling can be performed in the air, on the deck, or inside these dedicated hangars.
Notice: The patrol vessel concept and supporting assets are subject to change without notice.
- LENGTH OVERALL 60.68 m
- LENGTH WATER LINE 59.45 m
- BREADTH MAX 20.80 m
- DRAUGHT MAX 2.50 m
- DEPTH 6.70 m
- GROSS TONNAGE 1124 GT
- FISHERIES OFFICERS OR EXTRA CREW 13-20
- MAIN CREW 11 to 16
- WORKING DECK AREA 400 m2
- DWT 625 tons
- FUEL OIL 200 m3
- FRESH WATER 150 m3
- FIFI III 60,000 GALLONS PER MINUTE
- 12 Ton Deck Crane (pictured midships behind the hangar)
- WAREHOUSE 66 m2
- JET FUEL TANKS 6.4 plus m3
- MAIN ENGINES 4x CAT 3512B-HD
- INSTALLED POWER 6744 kW
- PROPULSION 2x Fixed Pitch Propellers plus 2x WTJs (waterjets)
- GENERATOR SETS 2x CAT C9.3
- ALTERNATIVE 4x MTU16V4000M73L
- INSTALLED POWER 11232 kW
- GEARBOXES 4x ZF 9050NR2H
- MAX SPEED 47+ knots