A Marine Unit vessel has been rebuilt at a significant cost saving to the Toronto Police Service.
MU04, one of three Hike steel hull patrol vessels used in search & rescue operations, primary response calls and enforcement activities, was refurbished over a six-month period.
The 32-foot boat returned to the water in December.
“This vessel was built to withstand almost any weather and water conditions,” said S/Sgt. Sam Cosentino. “Structurally, the vessel was sound but overall it was getting a little tired and needed reconditioning after 16 years in the water.”
The refurbished vessel is equipped with new twin Volvo diesel engines that are lighter, produce more power and use less fuel. Additionally, MU04 received new outdrives, gauges, electronics and new paint consistent with the current TPS colour scheme used on frontline patrol vehicles.
“This was a very exciting project for our unit,” Cosentino said. “The process of rebuilding this vessel took a lot of time and effort on the part of many and I would like to thank the folks at Finance and Fleet Materials Management for their unwavering support throughout this build.”
The original manufacturer, custom boat and ship builder Hike Metal products – did the job.
“For all intents and purposes, we have a new boat,” said Cosentino. “We will get another 10 to 15 years of service out of it.”
The Unit has three Hike patrol vessels. The other two were purchased in 2000 and 2004.
“We are hoping to rebuild another vessel this year because they are all getting up there in age and operational hours,” Cosentino noted.
A new steel hull patrol vessel can cost over $800,000. The refurbishment was completed at less than a quarter of that amount.
The Marine Unit also has four rigid hull inflatable boats that are used between late spring and late fall.