Patrol vessels
General information
Patrol vessels have a diplacement of approximately 700 tons that can patrol the waters of the Exclusive Economic Zone for an extended period of time. Usually a patrol vessel is lightly armed and equipped with a helicopter deck and several RIBS which enhances their patrolling capabilities. Task include fishery and environmental protection, assistance in operations, search and rescue and limited towing and fire fighting.

Services & Activities
MARIN is involved in the development of the hull design, the power optimisation and the cavitation, noise erosion observation. Special interest is payed at items like transit fuel actieradius, topspeed, noise and vibrations and the allignment of appendages.

Since these vessels stay out at sea in all weather conditions, survivability and workability on board of these vessels is very important. Research can for example be related to the seakeeping performance, survivabiltiy in extreme weather, sustained speed in waves and anti roll systems (i.e. fin stabilisers, bilge keels, anti roll tanks). MARIn can help you on topics such as howto controll the motions for example for helicopter landing operations or in order to prevent see sickness of the crew.

Since Patrol vessels always have to sail into the harbour on their own power in often relatively small harbours the manoeuvring aspects of a patrol vessels are important. MARIN verifies the stringent demand on the manoeuvrability.

The Trials & Monitoring Department is involved in full-scale measurements of the ship

Facilities & Tools
Patrol vessels are tested in the following MARIN facilities:

For patrol vessels computer calculation and simulation tools are available to predict their behaviour in early design: (SHIPMO, FREDYN, GULLIVER and SURSIM for MARIN internal use only)

Software Sales
Some software tools are available for commercial use outside MARIN. A complete overview of these software tools for sale can be found under Software Sales.

The list below gives a review of patrol vessels model tests carried out at MARIN:

  • Bureau Mauric, 2006
  • Northrop Grumman Ship Systems, 2005
Most recent Patrol vessel papers presented by MARIN:
(complete overview of papers can be found under Publications)

The comparison of the hydrodynamic behaviour of three fast patrol boats with special hull geometries
J.A.Keuning, F van Walree, High Performace Marine Vehicles, 2006

Static and dynamic effects of rudder - hull - propeller interaction on fast monohulls
Jurgens, A.J., FAST 2005 The 8th International Conference on Fast Sea Transportation, 2005

Hydrodynamic manoeuvring aspects of planing craft
Plante, M., Toxopeus, S.L., Blok, J.J. and Keuning, J.A., MAN'98 International Symposium and Workshop on Forces Acting on a Manoeuvring Vessel, 1998

Most recent Patrol vessel articles written for MARIN Report:
(complete overview of articles can be found under Publications)

Supporting silent ships: measuring underwater radiated noise from cavitating ship propellers
Frans Hendrik Lafeber, Thomas Lloyd & Johan Bosschers, MARIN Report, 2017

CoVadem: big data for smarter inland shipping
Meeuwis van Wirdum & Arno Bons, MARIN Report, 2017

Accurate predictions for noise levels of cavitating propellers now possible
Frans Hendrik Lafeber, Johan Bosschers & Yvonne Koldenhof, MARIN Report, 2016

Motion based simulator for Dutch Navy – “FS3”
Noel Bovens, MARIN Report, 2015

Significant upgrade of Anti Roll Tank (ART) design services
Michiel Gunsing, Bastien Abeil & Nicolas Carette, MARIN Report, 2013

For more information on how MARIN can help your organisation regarding your questions about patrol vessels, please contact:
the MARIN navy team at

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