The Ecuadorian Navy commissioned its Isla Isabela (LG 31) ocean patrol vessel (OPV) on 29 November, completing Plan Apolo that covered construction of two 5009 OPVs by Ecuador’s state-run shipyard Astilleros Navales Ecuatorianos (ASTINAVE). The other vessel, Isla San Cristobal (LG 30), was commissioned in October.
In May ASTINAVE delivered three LT-AST-1605 transport vessels for Panama’s Canal Authority, as part of Plan Esparta. This delivery was the shipyard’s first international deal.
The shipyard’s other major project, Plan Jupiter, entails upgrades to three Esmeralda-class corvettes: Loja (CM 16), Los Rios (CM 13), and Manabi (CM 12).
ASTINAVE is currently looking for new projects and in March participated in Colombia’s ColombiaMar 2017 defence exhibition.
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