Sea Platforms

Malaysia lays keel for first helicopter-capable coastguard OPV

20 December 2017

Key Points

  • The first of three new 83 m offshore patrol vessel destined for the Malaysia Coast Guard has been laid
  • Service is on track to receive the first platform in class by 2020

A Malaysian shipbuilding joint venture has laid down the keel for an 83 m offshore patrol vessel (OPV) that is being built for the country’s coastguard, also known as the Malaysia Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA).

A model of the 83 m, on display at the LIMA 2017 exhibition in Langkawi. (IHS Markit/Ridzwan Rahmat)A model of the 83 m, on display at the LIMA 2017 exhibition in Langkawi. (IHS Markit/Ridzwan Rahmat)

The platform was laid down on 20 December by THHE Destini, collaboration between a company owned by the country’s pilgrims fund board known as Tabung Haji (TH) Heavy Engineering, and Port Klang–based Destini Shipbuilding. The OPV is one of three platforms ordered under a MYR738.9 million (USD181 million) contract that was first announced in January 2017.

“As we know, we face challenges in terms of the sufficiency of our assets,” said MMEA chief, Admiral Maritime Zulkifli Bin Abu Bakar, in an interview with local television station RTM on the sidelines of the keel-laying ceremony. “These vessels will add on to our assets, and allow us to better preserve the sovereignty of Malaysian waters,” he added.

According to specifications provided by the MMEA, the vessel derives its form factor largely from the OPV 1800 design from Damen. It has an overall length of 83 m, an overall beam of 13.7 m, and a design draught of 3.75 m. The OPV has a standard displacement of about 1,890 tonnes, and can accommodate a crew of 46.

Powered by four 2,350 Kw engines driving two controllable pitch propellers, the helicopter-capable vessel can attain a top speed of 22 kt and a standard range of 5,000 n miles at 12 kt.

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