Kennedy Ship delivers Alaskan patrol boat

Kennedy Ship and Repair, Galveston, Texas, recently completed the 70’×22’×12’ patrol boat Enforcer for the state of Alaska’s Department of Public Safety. The vessel will be homeported in Ketchikan, Alaska.

Chris Kennedy, the yard’s president, and C.R. Watson, Dean Hartman and Eddie Adler of DNC of Mobile Inc. designed the boat to be functional, reliable and stable.

“They were real happy about the full-displacement design and the boat’s speed,” said Kennedy. “It handles well in bluewater.”

The steel-hulled Enforcer features a 2”×12” keel, a double bottom and a bulbous bow. The keel extends below the bottom shell by 5’6”, which assists the vessel in tracking in heavy seas and protects the bottom in case of grounding.

Twin Caterpillar 3406E diesels, each producing 550 hp at 2,100 rpm, provide the main propulsion and drive the Enforcer at an 11.7-knot running speed. The Cats are connected to 52”×42” stainless-steel wheels through Twin Disc marine gears with 4.04:1 reduction ratios. “They like to run the boat at 10.3 knots because at that speed the boat uses only 30 gallons of fuel an hour,” said Kennedy.

Ship’s service power is provided by two John Deere EIG099-208-3 gensets, each producing 99kw. The boat is also equipped with a single-station hydraulic steering system from Gulf Coast Hydraulics.

On deck are two cranes, a Hydra-Pro Knuckle Hp20/2k with a 20’ boom and a Hydra-Pro Fixed Hp10/2F with a 10’ boom.

The boat’s tankage capacities include 10,000 gals. of diesel fuel and 1,200 gals. water. The Enforcer also carries a 300-gal. gasoline tank for its outboard-powered skiff. “They can use this one as a mother ship and use the smaller boat to run patrols,” said Kennedy. 

The patrol boat has four staterooms and sleeps eight. “This boat is replacing an older boat,” said Kennedy. “This one is a little more comfortable for those aboard.” 

The Enforcer left Galveston in late January for a 35-day trip aboard a yacht carrier to Ketchikan.         — K. Hocke 

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