Dover is home to three Range Safety Vessels formerly operated by Smit and now by Royal Boskalis for the Ministry of Defence. They patrol the coast off Hythe and Lydd ranges when live firing exercises are taking place. They ensure that errant leisure craft and other vessels do not sail into danger and the firing line! They also operate in a search and rescue capabilty when the need arises.
Smit Romney, Smit Stour and Smit Rother are three in a total class of nine vessels. They were all completed by Maritime Partners, Norway during 2003. All are 12 metres in length and have a gross tonnage of seven tonnes. They are waterjet propelled and can reach a top speed of thirty-five knots.
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