MV
Mercator

Type
Modified Pacific Patrol Boat
Role Navigation training
International Callsign
VHN 8774
Home Port
Builder
Tenix Ship Building WA
Launched
15 October 1998
Dimensions & Displacement
Displacement 165 tons
Length 31.5 metres
Beam 8.21 metres
Draught 2.6 metres
Performance
Speed 16 knots
Range 2,880 NM at 8 knots
Complement
Crew
  • 8 civilian crew
  • Up to 20 RAN trainees and staff
Propulsion
Machinery 2 Caterpillar diesels
News Articles

The Royal Australian Navy’s (RAN) navigation training vessel, MV Mercator, is a modified Pacific Class Patrol Boat based at HMAS Waterhen in Sydney Harbour. Purpose built for navigation training by Tenix Marine in Western Australia she was launched in October 1998 to replace the aging Attack Class Patrol Boat HMAS Ardent.

Homeported at HMAS Waterhen she provides training to officers and sailors from the RAN and other navies in coastal navigation, ship handling and watch keeping procedures. She is also utilised to assist Major Fleet Units (MFU) with boarding party training.

A successful design the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) based their Orca class patrol vessel on MV Mercator.

MV Mercator