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Peru's SIMA to construct riverine hospital ship for Bolivian Navy

08 November 2016

The Peruvian Navy's Servicio Industrial de la Marina (SIMA) is to begin building a riverine hospital ship for Bolivia in 2017, Bolivian Minister of Government Carlos Romero announced on 4 November.

The announcement emerged from an extensive defence and security co-operation agenda that both countries have been developing since an initial bilateral meeting in June 2015. The naval aspect was particularly relevant as the countries share a lacustrine border and conduct increasing civil defence and border control activities supported by surface assets.

SIMA produces a 226-ton vessel known as PIASS (Plataforma Intinerante de Acción Social con Sostenibilidad), of which five are known to have been built out of a 12-unit contract signed in 2015, each vessel is estimated to cost USD1.2 million.

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