Monday, 9 July 2018

Belgian patrol vessels BNS Pollux (P902) en Castor (P901)

Zeebrugge, Belgium 30 June 2018

Pollux: Belgium-flagged, homeport Zeebrugge, Belgium, MMSI 205661000 and call sign ORJU. Launched at Socarenam, Boulogne-sur-Mer, France on 22 December 2014, baptized on 6 May 2015.
Castor: Belgium-flagged, homeport Zeebrugge, Belgium, MMSI 205662000 and call sign ORJT. Launched at Socarenam, Boulogne-sur-Mer, France  and commissioned on 10 July 2014.
Of the Castor-class consisting of the Castor and the Pollux. Maximum speed 21 knots due to 2-2.880Kw diesel engines. The armament consists of 1-12,7/0.50 mm FN Herstal machinegun and 2-37 knots RIBs. Maximum displacement 448 tons and as dimensions 53,5 x 9,5 x 3,19 metres. Crew numbers 15 men with accommodation for another 20 men. To be used for North Sea coast guard duties. Building ordered in February 2013