The Pacific Patrol Boat Replacement Project is part of the Commonwealth’s Pacific Maritime Security Program (PMSP) that aims to enhance practical maritime security cooperation across the South Pacific. The Pacific Patrol Boat Replacement Program broadens and further strengthens the region’s capability to respond to issues such fisheries protection, trans-national crime, and search and rescue.
The Pacific Patrol Boat Replacement Program (PPBR) shall include 19 or more 39.5m steel vessels designed and constructed by Austal for delivery to up to 13 Pacific Island nations from late 2018.
The all new Pacific Patrol Boat is based on Austal’s proven patrol boat design platform and is 39.5 metres long with a beam of 8 metres and a loaded draft of 2.5 metres. It is capable of traveling at 20 knots and at 12 knots possesses a 3,000 nautical mile range. Each vessel can accommodate 23 people.