The future 84-meter aluminum offshore patrol vessel (OPV) BRP Gabriela Silang (OPV-8301) of Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) saves more fuel than expected, according to French shipbuilder OCEA.
“The on-going campaign of measurements at sea revealed that fuel savings are higher than expected. They reached 42 % compared to an equivalent vessel in steel for the same operational profile, which provides a reduction of operational costs, in line with cost reduction policy of most governments,” OCEA said.
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.
The future BRP Gabriela Silang is expected to begin its journey to the Philippines next month for its December delivery to PCG.