Friday, August 24, 2018

Philippine Coast Guard commissions last two 44-meter MRRV's from Japan

The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) commissions two new Multi-Role Response Vessels (MRRV), to be used primarily for disaster response, seas' oil pollution control and marine environment protection.

The BRP Bagacay and Cape Engaño have features such as fire monitors, night vision camera, radio direction finder, work boat and a bullet-proof navigational bridge.

The MRRVs have a standard cruising speed of 25 knots, and a range of 1,500 nautical miles.

Under the project terms, the MRRVs will be the primary rescue vessels within the PCG district’s area of responsibility (AOR) when the extent of the disaster is beyond the capability of floating assets deployed within the area; provision of assistance in the control of oil pollution and protection of the marine environment; enforcement of all applicable maritime laws within the designated AOR, particularly relating to illegal fishing and sea patrol; service as platform for rapid response during relief operations in the area; and transportation of personnel and logistical support.

BRP Bagacay under the helm of Commander Joel M Simo-ag PCG and BRP Cape Engaño under Commander Dennis Rem C Labay PCG as its Commanding Officers, were built by the Japan Marine United (JMU) Corporation in Yokohama, Japan.

The vessels were named after Lighthouse Bagacay in Liloan, Cebu and Lighthouse Cape Engaño in Palaui Island, Santa Ana, Cagayan respectively.

The acquisition of the vessels was implemented as an official development assistance via tied loan extended by Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA)


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