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HMC Active
Career (Cayman Islands)
Name: David
Owner: BP
Ordered: 1 March 2004
  • Holyhead Marine, Holyhead
  • Delta ARRC Ltd, Stockport[1]
Laid down: 8 January 2005
In service: 10 December 2006
Out of service: 2016
  • IMO number: 9335616[2]
  • Call sign: 2JQQ3[2]
  • Maritime Mobile Service Identity number: 235118132[2]
Status: Sold to UK Border Force[3]
Career (United Kingdom)
Owner: UK Border Force
Acquired: October 2016
Renamed: Active[4]
Status: In service
General characteristics
Class & type: Coastal Patrol Vessel
Length: 17.75 m (58.2 ft)
Beam: 5.63 m (18.5 ft)[4]
Draught: 0.9 m (3.0 ft)
Installed power: 1,288 kW (1,727 hp)[4]
  • Two Caterpillar C18 main engines[1]
  • Two reduction gearboxes
  • Two waterjets
  • 34 kn (63 km/h) [1] in full planing mode
  • 24 kn (44 km/h) [1] up to 7m wave height
  • Range: 150 nmi (280 km)

    HMC Active is a Border Force coastal patrol vessel of the United Kingdom, formerly David, an Autonomous Rescue and Recovery Craft operated by BP. [5] She was built by Holyhead Marine, Holyhead and Delta Marine, Stockport and was operated by BP as a rescue boat aboard a larger offshore support vessels. David was acquired by the UK Border Force in October 2016 and renamed HMC Active.[4]


    Active is one of eight coastal patrol vessels of the UK Border Force.[6] Built in 2006 Active was originally named David and served as an Autonomous Rescue and Recovery Craft in the North Sea for supporting oil platform operations. David was operated as a daughter craft from a larger offshore support vessel and launched when needed via a davit. The design includes a deep-vee hull design constructed from fibre-reinforced plastic.[1] The design is also self-righting and can return to the upright position if capsized.[1]

    After service with BP from 2006 to 2016, David was sold to the UK Border Force[3] for use as a coastal patrol vessel. The vessel was renamed Active and entered service in October 2016.


    Active is fitted with twin Caterpillar C18 engines[1] driving twin water jets[1] through a pair of reduction gearboxes.[1] The total installed power of 1,288 kW (1,727 hp)[4] gives Active a top speed of 34 knots (63 km/h)[4] in calm seas, or up to 24 knots (44 km/h) in seas up to 7 metres (23 ft) significant wave height.[1]


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