Sea Platforms

German coastguard commissions third Potsdam OPV

22 November 2019

The coastguard arm of the German Federal Police commissioned its third and final Potsdam-class offshore patrol vessel (OPV), FGS Bad Düben (BP 83), during a ceremony held in Cuxhaven, Germany, on 20 November.

The 86 m OPVs were built under a contract awarded to Fassmer shipyard in December 2016. The design is derived from Fassmer's proven OPV 80, with modifications including a hybrid propulsion system and exhaust treatment system to meet Tier III/ECA standards.

Fassmer subcontracted the steelwork for the second and third hulls to Western Baltija Shipbuilding in Klaipeda, Lithuania, with outfitting taking place back in Germany. First-of-class FGS Potsdam (BP 81) was commissioned on 22 July 2019, followed by the second ship FGS Bamberg (BP 82) on 18 September.

First-of-class Potsdam entered service in July. (Michael Nitz - Naval Press Service)First-of-class Potsdam entered service in July. (Michael Nitz - Naval Press Service)

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