• Last January, Rodman was awarded the contract for the design and construction of 8 units of the Rodman 55 model.


  • After the initial design phase, Rodman has started the construction of these patrol boats.


Rodman Polyships S.A.U., a Rodman Group Shipyard specialised in the construction of all types of GRP (Glass Fibre Reinforced Polyester) boats and vessels, will build 8 new high speed patrol boats for the surveillance service of the State Agency of Tax Administration (Agencia Estatal de Administración Tributaria).

The signing of this new contract took place in January and after a few months of initial design and project planning, Rodman is now in the construction stage of the first units.

The execution period is 36 months for all the units, 15 months for the first vessel and the remaining 7 will be delivered with a 3 month interval between each of them.

The new Rodman 55 units will be high-speed boats, designed for patrolling the territorial sea and contiguous zone, repression of smuggling, interception, visits, searches, physical presence and surveillance of compliance with national and international laws. All these tasks will be carried out with the utmost respect for the comfort and safety of the six-person crew.

This new and important order reinforces Rodman’s experience, know-how and knowledge in the design and construction of high speed patrol boats, consolidating the relationship and confidence of the Spanish Tax Agency in this Rodman 55 model.


Main Technical Features:


Rodman 55: High-Speed Patrol Boat

With 17 metres of overall length, this Patrol Boat model has been developed by Rodman’s design, development and engineering teams, perfectly matching high performance, reliability, build quality and sailing characteristics.

She has been specially designed for planing and pursuit sailing, reaching maximum speeds of 55 knots at 80% power.

The boats will be equipped with two marine diesel engines, each driving Waterjets with integrated gearboxes:


  • Main Engines: Two (2) MAN Engines, model D2862 LE 436
  • Water Jets: Two (2) CASTOLDI Waterjets, model Turbodrive 490H.C.T.


Summary of Technical Features:


  • Length overall: 17.33 m
  • Overall beam: 3.98 m
  • Depth to main deck: 2.10 m
  • Propulsion power: 2 x 1324 kw
  • Fuel capacity: 3.300 L
  • Fresh water capacity: 110 L
  • Maximum Speed (80% power): 55 knots
  • Range (19 knots): 460 miles
  • Crew: 6 persons


This new model has been developed to meet the specific requirements of the customer, in addition to the various technical and construction quality requirements of Rodman’s standard, optimising the safety and comfort of the crew and people on board.

The award of this new order consolidates Rodman’s position as one of the world leaders in the construction of professional GRP boats. All the professional boats and leisure crafts built by the shipyard are widely recognised and highly valued by the most demanding shipowners, as well as by governmental organisations and administrations all over the world.