Brunswick Commercial and Government Products recently delivered a new 31' fisheries and recreational boating enforcement and maritime security boat to Maine Marine Patrol in South Portland, Maine.
The Impact is the newest asset in Maine Marine Patrol’s fleet. The boat is powered by twin 350-hp Mercury Verado outboards and capable of speeds more than 50 knots. The new patrol boat will be stationed at the South Portland Coast Guard facility.
The boat was purchased with a $60,000 grant from the Maine Outdoor Heritage Fund and a $241,000 grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency's Port Security Grant Program.
"Over the past 20 years Maine Marine Patrol has been fortunate to have had several vessel purchases as well as training and other gear assets supported by the Port Security Grant program," Marine Patrol Col. Jon Cornish said in a prepared statement. "There is no question that without this financial support we could not effectively provide the level of security coverage up and down the coast that we are able to today. Patrol now owns and operates five of these high-performance security vessels stationed from Saco to Eastport.
"In addition, over the past several years patrol has applied for and been successful in getting support from the Maine Outdoor Heritage Fund," said Colonel Cornish. "These funds have supported high-tech surveillance equipment as well as top grade survival suits for at sea boardings."
This project was funded in part by the Maine Outdoor Heritage Fund, in which proceeds from the sale of a dedicated instant lottery ticket are used to support outdoor recreation and natural resources conservation.