French shipbuilder OCEA has reportedly handed over the future BRP Gabriela Silang (OPV-8301) to Philippine Coast Guard (PCG).
According to MaxDefense Philippines, “French shipbuilder OCEA has handed-over the 83.6m long OPV-270 offshore patrol vessel it built for the Philippine Coast Guard, the Gabriela Silang (OPV-8301) to the Philippine Coast Guard yesterday 18 December 2019.”
This is prior to the ship’s voyage to Philippines expected to be before 2019 ends.
PCG said the future BRP Gabriela Silang, 83.6-meter aluminum OPV, is designed for voyage and operations in rough sea condition.
“OPV 8301 will be put into service for sustainable presence at sea in line with the orders of President Rodrigo Duterte to increase the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) patrols in the Philippine Rise and West Philippine Sea since it has a maximum range of 8,000 nautical miles and can patrol up to 22 days long at sea,” PCG said.
Her capabilities and features include: Stabilization of the platform for missions up to 5 weeks; Diesel-electric propulsion optimizing fuel consumption, CO2 emissions and maintenance costs; Ability to land, hold and maintain a 5-ton class helicopter; Deployment of 2 RHIB of 9.2 m; Mission Management System that integrates surveillance, detection and communication capabilities for situational awareness; and Ability to welcome castaways, offenders, wounded, divers, special forces.
In late October, OCEA said the future BRP Gabriela Silang saves more fuel than expected.
It added that compared to the same equivalent steel vessel, the CO2 emissions are reduced by 850 tons per year for 2500 hours of operation, in line with today’s governments concerns to preserve the planet.
OCEA also said that noise levels are down to 45 dB(A) in the wheelhouse and 70 dB(A) on the aft deck at full speed, delivering therefore an incredible feeling of quietness and comfort to the benefit of a higher crew readiness.