Astilleros Navales Ecuatorianos (Astinave) will be constructing two Damen Stan Patrol 5009 type vessels for the Ecuadorian coast guard. Damen Technical Cooperation (DTC) will supply Astinave with prefabricated kits to build the pair and will offer on-site technical assistance.
The Ecuadorian coast guard will mobilise both vessels for general patrol duties – benefitting from a top speed of 23knts provided by four fixed-pitch propellers. The pair will accommodate 32 people operating for up to 30 days without external support – something that required a number of design adaptations. "Our most challenging modification was to change the standard accommodation layout to fit one extra bed in each room without losing comfort," explained Ezequiel Najmias, Damen sales manager Americas. "By increasing the fuel capacity to 90m3, enlarging the storage and freezer rooms and installing a powerful water-maker, both vessels will be able to operate autonomously for 30 days." Ecuador's coast guard already operates three Damen SP 2606s, with a fourth currently under construction at Astinave's facilities on the banks of the Guayas River. After delivery of the two patrol vessels, the fleet will total six Damen builds.
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