Two Customs Surveillance boats pass through the bay of Xàbia

The vessels are not so common in these waters, more seen in the bay of Cádiz to the south.

Tuesday 8th June 2021 – CARLOS LÓPEZ with Mike Smith

For two weekends in a row, two boats from the Tax Agency’s Customs Surveillance Service have been operating in the bay of Xàbia and have now moved to the south of the province of Alicante.

The presence of these two vessels has surprised residents and bathers since their particular navy blue colour stands out against the background and it is probably more common to see the Guardia Civil patrol boat in our waters that those of the Tax Agency, which are more common in the area of the bay of Cádiz, although there are 55 units based across Spain.

The vessels are the Rodman 101 class, all of them from the Gerifalte series and built in Moaña in Pontevedra, Galicia.

Some 31.36 metres in length, 6 in width and crewed by ten people, one of the main characteristics of these patrol boats is their 4,800 horsepower which allows it to reach a maximum speed of 35 knots.