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PLA Benfleet

Passing Stone Ness Lighthouse opposite Greenhithe, Kent

 

"The 'Benfleet' is a dual-purpose William Osborne design based on a Talisman 49 hull. She was built in 1997 and has a length of 15m, a draught of 1.3m and displaces 22 tonnes. Powered by twin Volvo TAMD 122P engines, each giving 530 bhp, she has a maximum speed of 24 knots. Whilst 'Benfleet' is mainly used for patrolling the lower district she can also be used as a Pilot Cutter, having been certified by MCA for use in both roles. She is equipped with a stern recovery platform for rescue purposes"

 

www.pla.co.uk/display_fixedpage.cfm/id/2208/site/pla

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Taken on August 16, 2008