French shipbuilder OCEA has launched the 84 m offshore patrol vessel (OPV) Gabriela Silang (8301) for the Philippine Coast Guard.
Claimed to be the largest aluminium-built OPV in the world, Gabriela Silang was craned into the water at OCEA’s facility in Les Sables d'Olonne on the west coast of France on 17 July. Sea trials will start later this year after the French summer vacation period.
The new ship, built to OCEA’s proprietary OPV 270 design, is the fifth and final vessel from a EUR90 million contract awarded by the Philippine Department of Transportation and financed through BNP Paribas and Crédit Agricole-LCL.
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