Cummins generator sets are powering the critical command, control and communications systems on Australia’s new Cape Class patrol boats which are described as an important milestone in the country’s maritime border security program.
The eight new 58-metre Cape Class vessels – replacing the ageing fleet of 38-metre Bay Class patrol boats – are being built by Austal at its Henderson shipyard (near Perth) in Western Australia.
Austal was awarded the $330 million contract in 2011 for the design, construction and in-service support of the Cape Class – a vessel specifically designed for critical maritime law enforcement with the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service.
The first of the new patrol boats was delivered earlier this year while the remaining seven are due to be operational by August 2015. They will provide an “enormous boost in capability” according to the Customs and Border Protection Service.