To enhance the interdiction capability of the Hong Kong Marine Police, and to replace slower vessels, the Hong Kong Marine Department issued a procurement specification for a highly sophisticated interceptor. Not only had the craft to exceed a speed of 60 knots, but a major consideration was to incorporate the safest working environment that was practical for the crew of up to eight persons. The primary role of the craft was high-speed pursuit, either singularly or in consort with other vessels, for the interception, apprehension and deterrence of vessels engaged in smuggling activities in Hong Kong waters.
Damen Shipyards, in association with Cougartek Designs Ltd., presented a proposal that fulfilled the operational requirements and a contract to design and construct five Damen Cougartek 1500.
The DC 1500 when powered by 3 x 373 kW gasoline engines is capable of speeds in excess of 60 knots, and when powered by 3 x 313 kW diesel engines of speeds in excess of 50 knots. The proven deep-V hard chine hull form exhibits excellent handling and sea keeping characteristics and affords the crew a safe working environment with a soft and comfortable ride. More information: Gerry Dammer