December 18, 2020 (Google Translation) – The Rodman 66 units, named “M.M. Bustelo Pavón” and “M.M. Pérez Verdú”, will have their base port in Ferrol and have been ordered by Navantia, which has transferred them to the Spanish Navy, to operate as training boats at ESENGRA (La Graña Naval Station Graduate School for Specialization)
The Rodman Polyships SAU Shipyards finalizes 2020 with new boat deliveries.
In this case, the boats delivered were two Rodman 66 model units, which have been redesigned bearing in mind all the technical and operational requirements specified by the Owner, in order to best adapt to the use the boat will have at her final destination.
The Rodman 66 is one of the most emblematic models of the Rodman Shipyard’s coastal surveillance patrol boats in the 20 m segment. This time, the boat design has been adapted to the needs of the new Owner, transforming her into a 20.5 m overall length and 4.90 m width Training Boat.
The boats have been designed to operate in coastal areas of Spain, mainly to teach ESENGRA students.
A minimum active life cycle of 20 years has been taken into consideration for the development and construction of the boat, during which the necessary maintenance work is expected to be carried out, so as to reach the foreseen activity period.
For the construction of the hull and deck, GRP fibers (Fibreglass Reinforced Polyester), Aramid and Kevlar, with vinyl ester and isophtalic resins, approved for marine use, have been used.
Equipped with two CATERPILLAR C18 diesel engines with 715 hp each, allowing the boats to reach a maximum speed of more than 20 knots. With a fuel capacity of 6,000 L and an economic speed of 15 knots, it has been estimated that the boat will have a range of 500 miles.
The boats are ready for night operations and have been designed for a maximum of 16 crew members, with cabins for all of them.
The design and construction of these boats has fulfilled the procedures and quality standards established in the PECAL/AQAP 2110 certification, which incorporates NATO requirements for quality assurance in the construction of boats for the Defence sector.
During the Official Trials and delivery ceremony held at the Rodman Polyships, SAU facilities in Meira – Moaña, representatives from both Navantia and the Spanish Navy expressed their satisfaction with the boats and their performance, which they could verify during the official trials carried out prior to the delivery.
The delivery of this new model of patrol boat strengthens Rodman’s position as one of the world leaders in the building of professional GRP boats. Both the professional and leisure boats built by the Shipyard are renowned and highly regarded by the most demanding Owners, as well as by Organisations and Government Administrations around the world.