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Our fleet of cutters

We use a fleet of patrol boats, known as 'cutters', to protect UK waters.

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We use a fleet of patrol boats, known as ‘cutters’, to protect UK waters. Our cutters operate 24 hours per day, 365 days per year.

They detect prohibited and restricted goods, and prevent tax fraud, by searching all types of vessels.

Most of the time, our cutters are deployed on a risk-led or intelligence-led basis to control general maritime traffic. In more remote areas and inaccessible areas they may be the only law enforcement tool available.