Clever design makes a multi-mission vessel for serious cost savings

AUGUST 27, 2020

By J. Bowles and D. Menna


Multi-mission small ships: myth or reality?


Almost all boat owners and operators today are looking for cost reductions. If the owner has a fleet of boats, they are additionally looking for ways to complete the same cost reduction mission, by reducing the number of boats needed in the first place.  An effective way to do this is the use of a multi-purpose vessel. Our team has been helping clients in their drive to increase efficiencies and reduce costs for some time, with one of our first multi-mission projects the Advanced Multimission Platform (AMP) 145, built by Riverhawk. 

Our team created a successful multi-mission design by conducting research on the trials and tribulations of previous attempts. We found the critical element was that all mission packages must be selected and defined, and then included in the design at every stage – from beginning to end – in order to be successful. 

If you design for a single mission and try to adapt to other missions somewhere down the line, the required compromises to make the design work will likely have a negative impact on the overall effectiveness of the platform. DLBA re-treaded this ground last year in the development of the NIMBLE series of small craft. We considered the three design variants – patrol, fire, and passenger – from the very beginning to ensure that the platforms could perform all three missions without compromise, in order to provide the best value to the customer. Take a look at the designs, created to fulfil three different needs.


In case you would like to receive the full paper, or discuss about this subject, please contact Jeffrey Bowles.



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