Eight Interceptors for Panama
The President of Panama, Juan Carlos Varela, has performed the naming ceremony of four Interceptor 1102 vessels. The vessels will be mobilised by the National Air and Naval Service of Panama (SENAN) as part of antidrug trafficking operations in the Caribbean.
The Interceptor 1102 is an extremely suitable choice of boat for such activities, says Damen Sales Manager Americas Pieter Becker:
This is an ultra-fast vessel – it can reach speeds of more than 55 knots.
From left to right: Juan Carlos Varela (President of Panama), Pieter Becker (Damen Sales Manager Americas, Damen Shipyards Gorinchem)
Contributing to such high speeds is the low weight construction from fibre reinforced polymer materials combined with twin Volvo D6 engines. Furthermore, the vessel’s single chine hull reduces the amount of impact in heavier seas and improves high-speed manoeuvrability. Damen’s R&D department has also paid close attention to ergonomics and safety for the six persons on board (two crew plus four additional naval or security personnel).
In addition to anti-drug trafficking duties, the 11-metre long Interceptor is also ideal for other maritime security operations like anti-smuggling, anti-terrorist, rapid response, surveillance and Special Forces operations. Coinciding with the vessel handover, SENAN signed a second contract with Damen for an additional batch of four Interceptors. Both contracts include a comprehensive after-sales package that consists of training, spare parts and maintenance.