Seattle-based Kvichak Marine Industries is displaying the Response Boat – Medium (RB-M) Vigilant at the NAVDEX marina and during waterborne demonstrations. Designed by Camarc Design, the 13.6m RB-M is an all-aluminium self-righting patrol boat currently in service with the US Coast Guard for a broad range of missions, including homeland security, and search and rescue (SAR). Vigilant has been modified for the extreme climatic conditions found in the Arabian Gulf, where it has been conducting a series of demonstrations.
Powered by twin Detroit Diesel 60-series diesel engines coupled to Twin Disc MG5114SC marine gears with Rolls-Royce Kamewa waterjets and Vector controls, the RB-M is capable of speeds in excess of 45 knots. A full cabin provides crew protection from the elements and is equipped with a robust navigation system, heating and air-conditioning, shock-mitigating seats and a communication system able to communicate with other federal, state and local homeland security partners.
In a separate development, Kvichak Marine Industries has recently been awarded a contract for the construction of two 19m all-weather pilot boats for the Port of Duqm Company SAOC in Oman. Also designed by Camarc Design, their primary function will be as pilot boats; they will also function as SAR and oil spill recovery vessels.
Delivery is projected in the first half of 2016.