Ellis High Speed Pursuit Craft
The partnership between Western Australian designer Mark Ellis and New South Wales builder Britton Marine is one that can be well described as a perfect fit. Mark Ellis is renowned as the designer of some of the best hull forms in the world while Britton Maritime, a specialist builder of tactical, security response and boarding vessels, is a leading integrator of such designs, providing not only a high quality of build but also being able to incorporate their own expertise for vital vessel components such as command consoles and seating.
Britton Maritime Systems has delivered fast response craft for the New South Wales police, which perfectly encapsulated the success of the designer-builder partnership. The all-aluminium construction vessels feature a sea-kindly and extraordinary swift Mark Ellis designed hull capable of reaching a fully-loaded speed of 50 knots powered by twin Mercury Verado four-stroke outboards outputting 205kW each. Designed for harbour security and harbour response operations, the Britton built command console, lumber support seats and spring-loaded crew seats ensure optimal crew performance and handling while their solid mount A-frame located at the stern provides an elevated platform for mounting electronics.
The state-of-the-art electronics package was supplied by Raymarine and is complemented by specialised police computers and radios. Built in survey to NSW – USL Code 2C, the vessels have an overall length of 8.85 metres on a 3.3 metre beam with a draught of just 0.55 metres. They are manned by a crew of two with seating for up to eight other police officers depending on optional requirements. A heavy-duty collarette system surrounds the top of the hull providing protection when docking or coming along side other vessels. The striking camouflage pattern on the vessels’ upper works was especially designed by Britton Marine to allow the vessels to blend into the typical New South Wales coastline.
The commander of NSW Water Police, Superintendent Terry Dalton, has expressed his happiness with the delivered vessels, describing them as having “some of the greatest capabilities of any vessels of their type in Australia and an important addition to the police fleet as his force takes the lead in implementing port security measures. (Superintendent Terry Dalton – Article – Work Boat World)
BMS and Mark Ellis have also delivered a 9.3 metre rescue vessel to NSW Marine Rescue. The design includes a semi enclosed cabin with heavy duty foam collar fenders, powered by an inboard diesel Yanmar engine and Doen Water Jet.