Twelve new rigid hull inflatable boats (RHIBs) for the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) are scheduled to arrive this month, the Department of Transportation (DOTr) said.
Parts are coming from Unites States and will be assembled through Pacificportia Marine Technologies.
DOTr said the seven-meter rigid hull inflatable boats will function in patrol and interception tasks, transport of crew and equipment, rescue operations, and diving support.
“These rescue assets can operate at sea state 4 with a capacity of 10-12 persons. They are also fitted with communication and navigational equipment such as radar and GPS plotter,” it added.
These RHIBs will be distributed to 12 PCG Districts in Northwestern Luzon, National Capital Region (NCR), Coast Guard Special Operation Force in Manila, Bicol, Southern Tagalog, Central Visayas, Eastern Visayas, Western Visayas, Southwestern Mindanao, Southeastern Mindanao, Palawan, and Northern Mindanao.
“The PCG has been at the forefront of rescue operations not just at sea, but also on land. I am confident that through its efforts toward modernization, the PCG will be able to save more lives and uplift the dignity of our countrymen in times of disaster, calamity and maritime incident,” Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade said.
In May, the PCG received aluminum boats, water crafts, Hilux pick-up trucks, and one unit of 11.5-meter rigid hull inflatable boat.