The first duties of the Finnish Border Guard embrace sustaining border safety and maritime safety in addition to army nationwide defence. Finland has a difficult maritime working surroundings. A radical and long-term change within the safety surroundings will increase the dangers of disturbances in border safety and of significant accidents at sea. The operational potential of the Border Guard within the open sea is predicated to a big extent on the fixed operation and readiness of multi-purpose patrol vessels. The patrol vessels are at sea about 330 days a 12 months. The Border Guard has three patrol vessels in operation, of which the Turva, which was launched in 2014, is updated.

The patrol vessels Tursas and Uisko are on the finish of their life cycles. The Finnish Border Guard’s Offshore Patrol Vessel 2025 mission has been ongoing since 2019. The goal of the mission is to switch the out of date vessels with two Turva class offshore patrol vessels. The brand new ships can be operational till the 2050s. In a name for tenders in 2021 the Border Guard chosen Meyer Turku because the shipyard that can construct the vessels. The ship building contract was signed at present, 29 June 2022 in Helsinki. The fundamental design work of the brand new vessels is starting instantly. The primary ship is scheduled for completion in 2025 and the second in 2026.


The introduction of the brand new high-performing ships will considerably enhance Finland’s maritime safety. The supervision and effectiveness of the vessels is to be upgraded in accordance with the safety state of affairs. The change of situational data with the Defence Forces is seamless. The power to hold out mass evacuations of individuals will develop. Every of the vessels can be instantly prepared for managing critical environmental disasters and the capability to gather spilled oil will roughly double from the current degree. The ships are to be designed for low emissions and for vitality effectivity. They can even have fashionable twin gasoline hybrid engines.

Based mostly on Turva’s specs, the 2 new OPVs are anticipated to be 96 m lengthy with a 5 m draft and a prime velocity of 18 kt to navigate Finland’s 4,600 km irregular shoreline that’s dotted with islands, islets, and skerries. She is the most important vessel of the fleet in addition to the primary patrol vessel in Finland powered by liquefied pure fuel (LNG). Absolutely laden, she attracts 5 metres (16 ft) of water. At design draught, the vessel has a deadweight tonnage of 660 tonnes whereas her most deadweight is round 1,800 tonnes. Her complement can be roughly 30. The principle functions of the brand new offshore patrol vessel are open sea patrol and guaranteeing border security. Turva carries a rigid-hulled inflatable boat and a bigger patrol boat, each stowed in coated recesses, that can be utilized to hold a vessel inspection groups to intercepted ships.