New Suzuki-powered Ribcraft fisheries patrol vessel for the Solent
Ribcraft has supplied a second patrol vessel to the Southern Inshore Fisheries Conservation Authority (IFCA), which is responsible for the management of inshore fisheries in the coastal waters off Hampshire, Dorset and the Isle of Wight.
The new 8m RIB, which can reach speeds of up to 40 knots courtesy of its twin Suzuki 140hp outboard motors, will enable the Authority to protect important fisheries in the region. The RIB comes fully equipped with an all-weather convertible cabin, which provides protection and flexibility and is perfect for extended operations. Complemented by Ullman suspension seats and Simrad electronic suite this is a class-leading vessel in its scope of operation. With a high sheer bow and a generous 2.7 metre beam, the Ribcraft vessel is a true workhorse of the sea and will provide Southern IFCA with reliable, fast service for many years to come.
Mark Gardiner, Owner and Managing Director of Ribcraft said “We are proud to have supplied various IFCAs with a number of RIBs now and we were only too pleased to host Southern IFCA on our stand at Seawork International for the official handover of the latest addition to their fleet.”
Robert Clark of Southern IFCA said, “The new patrol vessel will be used to protect the coastal seas in the region which are some of the most diverse and productive in the Country. These seas support one of the largest coastal fishing fleets in England as well as providing many important recreational benefits to the thousands of anglers who enjoy their sport off these shores.”
The new RIB will support and develop Southern IFCAs partnerships with other public authorities that are involved with research, monitoring, regulation or enforcement in the sea within the region and her primary task will be to enforce local fisheries byelaws including those which ensure the protection of the region’s extensive Marine Protected Area network.
The new boat has the capability to be manned by up to four crew and will be primarily based in the Solent, patrolling the waters around the Isle of Wight. Also, she is fitted with advanced navigation and radar systems, has night time capability and can be trailered ready for quick deployment anywhere within the District.
Ian Davies, Chairman of Southern IFCA, said, “The FPV Protector will increase our operational capability to undertake patrols. Patrols are necessary to monitor and manage fishing activity, and to ensure compliance with environmental and fishery regulations and to support the local fishery. Our staff have been closely involved throughout the design and building process, and are delighted that the Protector has been commissioned and is ready to be deployed.”
The patrol vessel was officially handed over at the Seawork International boat show last week and has been named ‘Stella Barbara’ after Mrs Stella Barbara Dean of New Milton, Hampshire, in recognition of her contribution to the coastal fishing community and fisheries management in the area. Mrs Dean is well known in the local fishing and angling community as she is the Secretary of the South Coast Fisherman’s Council, Southern Fish Industry Training Association, Mudeford and District Fisherman’s Association, and most recently vice chairman of the Southern Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authority.