Rodman launches the new 43 m. length Offshore Patrol Vessel Rodman 138 for the Spanish Tax Administration Agency

  • Rodman has faced a new challenge with the largest Offshore Patrol Vessel, in Glass Reinforced Polyester and Composites, ever built in Europe and probably worldwide, to date.
  • Rodman is currently building two (2) offshore patrol vessels, the Rodman 138 which has been launched today and the new Rodman 130 for the Coast Guard Service of the Xunta de Galicia (Autonomic Government)
  • Both contracts consolidate Rodman’s experience, know-how and expertise in the design and building of high performance patrol vessels, which allows the company to expand to a new segment of boats up to 45 m. in length built in GRP.

Rodman Polyships S.A.U., a Rodman Group shipyard specialised in the construction of all types of GRP (Glass Reinforced Polyester) and Composites vessels, has designed and is building the new Rodman 138 Offshore Patrol Vessel for custom surveillance, particularly designed for this new contract.

With 43 m. in length overall, this new patrol vessel model has been created by Rodman’s design, development and engineering teams, perfectly combining high performances, reliability, quality of building and seaworthiness.

This is a maritime and custom surveillance vessel, built to perform patrol task in coastal, territorial and international waters. Specifically designed to carry out anti-smuggling operations, interception and national and international law enforcement activities.

The Rodman 138 Offshore Patrol Vessel will be one of the largest vessels built worldwide in Glass Reinforced Polyester and Composites. Equipped with an innovative stabiliser system to reduce pitching and rolling both at idle or when sailing, as well as improving the performance, fuel saving and safer operation in harsh conditions.

The propulsion system consists of two 4-stroke diesel engines of 1,500 kW each.

The Rodman 138 has been designed for a crew of 18 people, who will be accommodated in 8 separate cabins. The vessel is also provided with other spaces and accommodation areas, as well as a safety area. With a range of 2,000 miles, the crew will be able to stay for long periods at sea, which will be an advantage from the operational and effectiveness point of view.

This new model has been developed taking into consideration each requirement specified by the customer as well as the different technical and construction quality requirements of the Rodman standard, optimising the safety and comfort of the crew and passengers on board.

The launching carried out today has been successful and the vessel will stay in the water until her completion and delivery to the Owner in the first quarter of 2021.

The launching ceremony took place at the Rodman Polyships facilities in Meira and was attended by owner’s representatives.

The completion and final execution of this new project consolidates Rodman’s position as one of the world leaders in the building of professional GRP vessels. All the professional vessels and leisure boats built by the Shipyard are widely recognised and highly valued by the most demanding Owners, as well as by organisations and governmental administrations throughout the world.