- The Philippines has bolstered its marine resources protection capabilities with two new 50 m patrol vessels
- Vessels can also be deployed for humanitarian assistance duties in the event of natural calamities
The Philippine government has commissioned two indigenously built 50 m patrol vessels that will be used to improve the country’s humanitarian assistance, and fishery resources protection capabilities.
The platforms, which are referred to in the country as multi-mission offshore vessel (MMOVs), were commissioned on 21 December in a ceremony officiated by President Rodrigo Duterte at Sasa Wharf, Davao City. The vessels have been christened BRP Lapu-Lapu , and BRP Francisco Dagohoy respectively.
The vessels will come under the responsibility of the Philippine Department of Agriculture-Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (DA-BFAR). However Jane’s understands that the platforms will be operated by the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG), and jointly manned by crew from both the PCG and the DA-BFAR.
Lapu-Lapu and Francisco Dagohoy were built by Navotas-based shipbuilder Josefas Slipways, based on a design by multi-national naval architectural firm Incat Crowther. Construction began in January 2016, and the vessels were subsequently launched in August.
The MMOV platform measures 50.5 m in overall length, 9 m in overall breadth, and has a hull draft of 1.95 m. Powered by two Mitsubishi S16R2-T2MPTK marine diesel engines driving two propellers, the platform can attain a top speed of 18 kt, and a cruise speed of 15 kt. Each MMOV can accommodate a crew of 60, and carry up to 55,000 litres of fresh water, and 148,000 litres of fuel.