- The Philippine Coast Guard has taken delivery of its fifth multirole response vessel
- Vessel is being delivered as tempo of operations for the service increases
The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) has taken delivery of the fifth multirole response vessel (MRRV) on order from Japanese shipbuilder Japan Maritime United Corporation (JMUC), the service disclosed via an official social media channel on 7 August.
The vessel, which will be known as BRP Suluan with pennant number 4406 once commissioned, was formally received on the same day by PCG officials at the service’s headquarters at the Port of Manila’s South Harbour. Suluan is part of a contract for a total of 10 MRRVs awarded to JMUC by the Philippine Department of Transportation and Communication (DOTC) in May 2015. The PCG is an agency that reports to the DOTC.
Acquisition of the vessels was made under a Philippine government programme known as the Maritime Safety Capability Improvement Project for the Philippine Coast Guard (Phase II). A loan facility of up to JPY16.45 billion (USD149 million) was provided by Japan International Co-operation Agency (JICA) for the acquisition, as part of the country’s Official Developmental Assistance (ODA) programme.
The MRRV’s first-of-class, BRP Tubbataha (4401), was commissioned in October 2016. Since then, the PCG has commissioned three other vessels in the class between December 2016 and May 2017. These are namely, BRP Malabrigo (4402), BRP Malapascua (4403), and BRP Capones (4404).
The 280-tonne MRRVs, which derive its design from the Raizan class that is currently in service with the Japan Coast Guard, are referred to in the Philippines as the Parola-class patrol craft. According to specifications provided by JMUC, the platform features an overall length of 44 m, and overall width of 7.5 m, and a depth of approximately 4 m.
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