Fishery patrol boat Sarah Baartman arrives

Dec 29, 2004
Author: P&S

The Department of Environmental Affairs & Tourism (DEAT) Sea Fisheries patrol boat Sarah Baartman arrived in Cape Town from the Dutch builder Damen earlier in December.

Arriving in Cape Town the new 83m long vessel was given a warm welcome by a harbour tug spraying water together with a sail-past by a second new patrol boat, the locally manufactured Lilly Khoyi, which was completed recently under license at the Farocean Shipyards in Cape Town.

Lilian Khoyi (background) performs a sail- past in honour of the arriving fishery patrol craft Sarah Baartman, on arrival from Damen Shipyards in the Netherlands – picture courtesy John Kieser/DEAT

Another two of the smaller patrol boats similar to Lilian Khoyi are also currently under construction at Farocean’s Cape Town yard.

Sarah Baartman carries a crew of up to 29 for deep-sea patrolling, which includes seven Fishery Officers and four cadet officers. The little ship is capable of sailing 7,500 miles without refueling at a speed of 15 knots but has a chase speed in excess of 20 knots. The ship can remain at sea for up to 45 days and will be able to patrol as far as South Africa’s exclusion zone in the Prince Edward Islands of the Southern Ocean.

“This vessel has put us right at the top of fisheries protection capacity,” said DEAT’s Horst Kleinschmidt earlier this year.

The three smaller patrol boats will be used on coastal inshore fishery patrols. Each is 47m in length and will be capable of patrolling along the coast for up to 14 days. Each vessel will carry two fishery conservation officers in addition to crew. According to DEAT the vessels are expected to remain at sea for an average of 220 days annually.

This marks the first time that South Africa has had the capacity to provide adequate fishery patrols in both offshore and deep ocean without calling on the help of the SA Navy – previous patrol vessels have included converted trawlers or other types.

See other reports in this column dated 18 June 2004 and 21 February 2003.

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