Intermarine launches new CP420 Natale De Grazia patrol boat for Italian Coast Guard

According to a press release published on December 12, 2020, Italian company Intermarine hash hold The launch ceremony of the CP420 “Natale De Grazia”, the longest self-righting and unsinkable boat ever built in Italy, was held at the port of Messina, Sicily. The vessel was commissioned from Intermarine S.p.A., a subsidiary of the Immsi S.p.A. industrial group (IMS.MI), by the General Command of the Port Captaincies - Coast Guard.
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The launch ceremony was held on December 12, an indelible date in the memory of the men and women of the Italian Coast Guard, marking the premature death of Captain Natale De Grazia, the officer whose life was a testimony of humanity and courage and whose love of legality and the sea is still remembered, 25 years later, in the hearts of the community and the authorities.

Today, the new vessel of the Coast Guard, the CP420 “Natale De Grazia”, which will expand the operating capabilities of the corps’ fleet, was named for him in memory of his personal and professional commitment to the defense of the environment.

The CP 420 is the first patrol boat in a new class of vessels named Angeli del Mare – Angels of the Sea – dedicated to those who worked at sea with generosity and sacrifice. Vessels designed and developed to perform the vital task assigned to the Coast Guard by history and by law: sea search and rescue, a mission that the new boat is able to perform even in the most testing meteorological and marine conditions.

A product of excellence from Italy's shipbuilding industry and a proud example of the country's maritime capabilities, this new type of self-righting boat was designed by the Intermarine research centre using world-leading technologies. It is one of the world’s largest Search and Rescue vessels, as well as the longest self-righting and unsinkable boat ever built in Italy. With its 10-strong crew, the CP 420 leads the way in naval technology, with state-of-the-art propulsion and communication instruments; a boat with an advanced command and control system, which guarantees greater autonomy, greater receptive capabilities and better logistics for the crew, for the rescue of people adrift in the sea and on-board during rescue operations involving large numbers of people.

The vessel, built in a light alloy at the Intermarine shipyard in Messina, is 33.6 metres LOA with a beam of 8.15 metres. The hull has a deep-V structure; its distinguishing characteristics, in addition to fast speeds, include excellent manoeuvrability at both high and low speeds, even in Beaufort scale gale force 9 and Stanag scale sea force 6 conditions.

With this innovative new product, Intermarine has further extended its production range. In the military sector, Intermarine has developed solid experience and knowhow in the design and construction of non-conventional vessels with high-precision operating requirements, and has established an excellent international reputation as a supplier to the world's most prestigious navies of technologically sophisticated boats such as minesweepers, of which it is one of the leading world designers, builders and outfitters. Intermarine has already built 44 minehunters, in 9 different configurations, for the navies of 8 countries, including the USA, Finland, Australia and Italy. Other boats built by Intermarine in the military sector include patrol boats in aluminium and composite material for search and rescue operations, notably high-speed multipurpose boats (UNPAV), versatile and modern vessels that are also used to control maritime traffic and ensure security where there is a threat of asymmetric warfare.