Van Diemen

Van Diemen: Police Patrol Vessel

The launch of Tasmanian Police vessel Van Diemen in 1995 represented a significant and important step forward in the maritime patrol capabilities for the Tasmanian Police. Previously being limited in their ability to pursue and apprehend more powerful and advanced illegal vessels fishing in Tasmanian waters, the introduction of Van Diemen lead to several high profile fisheries investigations against professional poachers. In addition to its role as a fisheries enforcement vessel, Van Diemen has (and continues to be) invovled in sea rescues including responding to the distressed yacht ‘Scandia’ during the 2005 Sydney-Hobart Yacht race.

The 23 metre vessel is constructed from marine grade aluminium and uses two powerful Caterpillar marine diesels and fixed pitch propellers to drive her to a top speed in excess of 25 knots. With a fuel capacity of 12,600 litres, a freshwater capacity of 1,000 litres and accommodation for her normal sea-going crew of five, she is a very capable long-range patrol vessel and an important asset for the Tasmanian Police.


Vessel Length 22.7 Meters
Launch Date Jun 1995
Vessel Type Patrol Vessel
Survey Class USL 1B, 2B
Builder Western Boat Builders
Construction Material Marine Grade Alumium
LOA 22.7 m
Beam 6.5 m
Main Engines 2 x CAT 3412C
Propulsion Fixed Pitch Propeller
Speed Max 27.0 kts
Speed Cruise 25.0 kts
Fuel Capacity 12,600 L
Fresh Water Capacity 1,000 L
Crew 3
Passengers 20

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