Hangzhou Port launches fleet of patrol boats for G20

In preparation of the September G20 Summit of Heads of State in Hangzhou, China, six new high-speed coastguard boats have been launched to strengthen security on and around the Qiantang River, China.

The high-speed, fibreglass-hulled, rigid inflatables have a length of 12.35 metres, a beam of 3.8 metres and a draught of 1.87 metres.

Displacing 11.1 tonnes, the craft are equipped with the Cursor 9, C90 550 engine and can reach speeds of up to 40 knots. Equipped with a water cooled fixed geometry turbo charger with waste gate flap and intercooler, the C90 550 reaches a maximum power of 405kW at 2,530rpm.

The vessels have an endurance of 434 nautical miles, permitting for sustained patrol capability at speeds that reportedly double the existing Hangzhou fleet.

The vessels will initially be used to allow for smooth operations during the G20 by strengthening river security. After the meeting, they will offer increased water transport management capabilities in the Hangzhou area.

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