- The Philippine Coast Guard has received its sixth Parola-class patrol vessel
- Service is on track to receive the entire class of 10 vessels by end-2018
The Philippine Coast Guard’s (PCG) sixth multirole response vessel (MRRV) has arrived in the country, the service announced on 11 October.
The 44 m boat, which will be known in service as BRP Sindangan with pennant number 4407, arrived at Pier 13 in the Port of Manila’s South Harbour on the day of the announcement. Sindangan joins five existing MRRVs that were commissioned by the PCG between August 2016 and August 2017.
The vessels, commonly known as the Parola-class patrol vessels in the Philippines, were ordered under a government programme known as the Maritime Safety Capability Improvement Project for the Philippine Coast Guard (Phase II).
A contract to build the vessels was awarded by the Philippine Department of Transportation and Communication (DOTC, to which the PCG reports) to Japanese shipbuilder Japan Maritime United Corporation (JMUC) in May 2015.
The Parola class derives its design from the Raizan class that is currently in service with the Japan Coast Guard. Parola-class vessels are powered by two MTU 12V 4000 M93L diesel engines, and can attain a maximum speed of 27 kt. The platform’s standard range is approximately 300 n miles at 15 kt, and it can accommodate a crew of 25, including five officers.
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