INCAT Crowther has delivered a new patrol vessel to Thailand’s Customs Department.

The 20-metre vessel was unveiled at a launching ceremony in April and is now patrolling the oceans off the coast of Thailand, the shipbuilder said.

Incat Crowther delivered Customs Boat 523 in partnership with Thai shipbuilder Seacrest Marine.

The monohull vessel can operate at speeds of up to 35 knots with a cruising range of up to 300 nautical miles.

Customs Boat 523 is the latest vessel delivered by Seacrest Marine and Incat Crowther; the two companies have now worked on six vessels together for Thailand’s Customs Department and Police Department.

Seacrest Marine managing director Tanapat Hemangkorn said the delivery of Customs Boat 523 was the result of a successful collaborative process between the two companies.

“We have worked closely with Incat Crowther over several years now to deliver vessels to multiple Thai government agencies,” he said.

“In the case of Customs Boat 523, Incat Crowther provided a proven monohull platform that would meet the department’s performance requirements,” said Mr Hemangkorn.

“The final product is a vessel that is truly tailored to the operational requirements of Thailand’s Customs Department, and we are incredibly pleased to have delivered another state-of-the-art vessel in partnership with Incat Crowther.”       

Customs Boat 523 has twin-propeller propulsion and was tailored to the Customs Department’s operations with a low draft allowing for operation in shallow coastal waters.

Incat Crowther said a large wheelhouse on the main deck provides optimal sightlines for the crew, while the vessel also has high-powered search, side, and flood lights to allow for operations in darkness.

The vessel’s hull deck provides space for a large galley and sleeping quarters for three crew on rotation.