PH Coast Guard brand new BRP Gabriela Silang to be launched on July 17

PH Coast Guard brand new BRP Gabriela Silang to be launched on July 17

The Philippine Coast Guard’s (PCG) dream of modernizing its floating assets is slowly being made a reality by the government.

The Philippine Coast Guard's (PCG) brand new 84-meter Offshore Patrol Vessel OPV-270 from France's OCEA Shipbuiding, the future BRP Gabriela Silang, will be launched this Wednesday, 17 July 2019.

It has the distinction of being the largest aluminum Off-shore Patrol Vessel in the world.

OCEA OPV 270 and soon to be BRP Gabriela Silang (photo credit to OCEA websiei

OCEA designed the OPV 270  and was selected by the Coast Guard of the Philippines and the Department of Transportation (DOTr) further to an international competition in which OCEA was able to highlight its solutions for efficient reduction of the costs of ownership and CO2 emissions.

In its website OCEA says that:

By way of comparison, the OCEA OPV 270, over 20 years of operation, will allow for a CO2 emission reduction of 20 400 tons, equivalent to approximately 40% reduction by comparison to competing offers!

The very versatile OCEA OPV 270 is designed to carry out all maritime security and safety missions under the responsibility of the Coast Guards in the waters of the Philippine archipelago. Accordingly, she is equipped to ensure the comfort and safety of the crew, the reception of additional personnel, the sustainable presence at sea and the diversity of missions.

She includes the following capabilities:

·         Stabilization of the platform for missions up to 5 weeks
·         Diesel-electric propulsion optimizing fuel consumption, CO2 emissions and maintenance costs
·         Ability to land, hold and maintain a 5-ton class helicopter
·         Deployment of 2 RHIB of 9.2 m
·         Mission Management System that integrates surveillance, detection and communication capabilities for situational awareness
·         Ability to welcome castaways, offenders, wounded, divers, special forces

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