PH awards contract for 2 large Japanese patrol vessels

PH awards contract for 2 large Japanese patrol vessels

The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) is more serious than ever in its desire to modernize its floating assets to meet its mandate under the Constitution.

The lead governmental agency which handles the PCG- the Department of Transportation (DOTr) has awarded Mitsubishi Shipbuilding of Japan a contract to design, build, and deliver 2 94-meter Multi-Role Response Vessels (MRRVs) for the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG).

The amount of contract is PY 14,550,000,000.00. According to the document shared to MaxDefense Philippines in Facebook, the Notice of Award was signed January 17, 2020.

Being Japanese funded and built ship, it is expected that it will be based on an existing proven design like that of the Kunigami class (photo credit to owner)

The award was possible because it was funded by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) under the Maritime Safety Capability Improvement Project (MSCIP) for the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG), Phase II.

“The project involves the acquisition of two (2) heavy weather, high endurance 94-meter Multi-Role Response Vessels (MRRVs), to provide the PCG with vessels with a cruising range capability of 4,000 nautical miles, can be used in Sea-State 6 (wave height of up to 6 meters) in rough sea condition, and are capable to conduct continuous maritime patrol up to 15 days at 15 knots,” NEDA said.

MSCIP for PCG Phase I, also funded by Japanese soft loan, provided 10 44-meter MRRVs to PCG.

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