French maritime news website Mer et Marine said in a report dated June 6 that the first of four 24-meter Fast Patrol Boat type OCEA FPB72 Mark II for Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) was prepared to be shipped on a cargo ship bound for Asia on June 1.
French shipbuilder OCEA built the said boat in its facility in Les Sables d’Olonne. It was launched on April 25 this year.
The first 24-meter FPB72 Mark II of PCG will be officially know as BRP Boracay (2401) when commissioned to coast guard service.
“She is designed to ensure all typical Coast Guard missions such as: Coast Patrol of Territorial and Economic Zone Waters; Surveillance and Coast Guard operations; Fishing surveillance operations; Smuggling, fight against illegal immigration and fishing activities; Search and rescue operations; Control of vessels at sea,” OCEA said.
“Entirely designed and built by OCEA, this strong and competitive 24 m type OCEA FPB 72 MKII is based on the model already delivered to the Surinam Coast Guard (2 units) and Nigerian Navy (7 units) and adapted to meet the operational requirements of the Philippine Coast Guards,” OCEA added.
OCEA committed to deliver all four 24-meter FPB72 Mark IIs this year.
OCEA is also building an 84-meter offshore patrol vessel type OCEA OPV 270 for PCG, expected to be delivered in 2019.
Sources: https://www.meretmarine.com/fr/content/ocea-un-premier-patrouilleur-livre-aux-garde-cotes-philippins; http://www.ocea-ssm.com/news/ocea-launches-boracay-first-multi-role-vessel-philippine-cost-guards; http://www.ocea-ssm.com/news/world-premiere-84-meter-opv-aluminium