The state wants to buy a new Marine Patrol boat to beef up port security


 Courtesy of Bob Trapani | BDN
In this 2015 file photo, Maine Marine Patrol officers use a rapid response boat to attempt to board a circling lobster boat off Rockland. The state is seeking to acquire another such vessel to better equip the agency for port security operations.



By Bill Trotter, BDN Staff

Citing the need to beef up its port security capabilities, the law enforcement wing of Maine Department of Marine Resources is seeking bids for a new high-speed patrol vessel.

The new 31-foot boat would increase the number of the department’s fisheries enforcement patrol boats from five to six, and would be similar in size and style to four other rapid response vessels it has acquired since 2001, state officials said. It would be used primarily for fisheries regulations enforcement, but also would enable Marine Patrol to support the U.S. Coast Guard in safety and security operations along the Maine coast. 



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