Philippine Coast Guard MRRV commissioned
The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) has received its third multi-role response vessel (MRRV) from Japan, the agency announced on 7 March. The vessel was commissioned into the service during a ceremony held at the PCG's headquarters in Manila.
With a standard cruising speed of 25 knots and a range of 1,500nm, the vessel features fire monitors, night vision camera, radio direction finder, a work boat, and the bullet-proof navigational bridge.
The MRRVs will serve as the primary rescue vessels within the PCG area of responsibility (AOR). They will provide assistance to control oil pollution and protect the marine environment; support enforcement of all applicable maritime laws within the designated AOR particularly relating to illegal fishing and sea patrol; serve as a quick response platform during relief operations; and provide transport and logistical support.
The vessels are being built by the Japan Marine United (JMU) Corporation in Yokohama, Japan, as part of the Maritime Safety Capability Improvement Project project. JMU's contract includes the supply of standard spare parts and tools, crew training, ocean transportation, and marine insurance. The first MRRV was delivered in August 2016.
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