Costa Rican Coast Guard Repower


Cummins Vessel Reference #631

The coast guard patrol boat, Punta Burica.

Built by Swift Ships of Morgan City Louisiana in 1978, the Guardacostas Costa Rica patrol boat Punta Burica has recently been repowered. After three decades of work, the boat, like others in her class remains a valuable asset to the coast guard. The force owns several vessels of this class.

In the first of what could become an ongoing project, the Punta Burica has been repowered with a pair of new Cummins QSK19-M engines replacing a pair of MTUs. These IMO and EPA tier 2 compliant engines are equipped with modular common rail fuel systems. In this patrol boat application the 19-litre engines will each deliver 800 HP at 2100 RPM with a Medium Continuous Duty rating. The engines turn three-blade 30×34-inch propellers through ZF665 gears with 2:1 reduction.

One of the two QSK19-m engines awaiting installation in the Punta Burica.

The aluminum vessel is fitted out to carry a crew of eight to ten people. Tankage is provided for 1500 gallons of fuel and 500 gallons of water. The new engines will give the Punta Burica a patrol speed of 20 knots.

For more information:

Guillermo Flores
Sales and Marine Application Engineer,
Grupo Laeisz San Josè Costa Rica
Phone: (506) 8816 3535
E-mail: [email protected]

Olmedo Farfan
Regional Sales & AE Manager,SA/MX
Cummins Inc. – Marine Business
4500 Leeds Ave
Charleston, SC 29405
Office: 843 745 1581
Mobile: 843 298 4580
E-mail: [email protected]

Alan Haig-Brown

Alan Haig-Brown

Over 30 years as an author for global commercial marine and fishing publications backed with hands-on experience on commercial fishing boats and coastal freighters makes Alan Haig-Brown uniquely qualified to provide vessel reference articles for Cummins Marine. You can find him in shipyards around the world, and on his own website,

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