Indonesian state-owned shipbuilder PT PAL was present at PHILMARINE 2019. PT PAL is the builder of Philippine Navy’s two Tarlac-class landing platform docks.
According to MaxDefense Philippines, PT PAL, at PHILMARINE 2019, exhibited its new version of Strategic Sealift Vessel (SSV) being offered for Philippines’ new Landing Dock Acquisition Project for Philippine Navy under the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Modernization Program Second Horizon with approved budget for contract of PHP5,560,000,000.00.
“Looking at it, the feature list shows many of the requirements asked by the PN’s Technical Specs, some of which are not available in the Tarlac-class,” said MaxDefense which uploaded some photos of PT PAL’s exhibit, as provided by one of its community members.
Two units of 120-meter landing dock ships will be acquired under Department of National Defense/Armed Forces of the Philippines (DND/AFP)’s new acquisition project.
The bid opening is scheduled on July 4.
“The builder shall either grant the ownership of the vessel’s design to the Philippine Navy or grant a license to the Philippine Navy to manufacture/build using the design,” DND says in the technical specification.
“The Philippine Navy requires tie-up with local companies or shipyard so that a minimum of one (1) unit of the LD will be constructed in-country,” it noted.
According to the technical specifications released by DND, the ships should be able to operate at Sea State 6; and suited for helicopter, landing craft utility, MPAC, RHIB, amphibious assault vehicle operations at Sea State 4.
According to organizer, PHILMARINE 2019, held June 18-20 co-located with Shipbuild Philippines and Offshore Philippines 2019, is the only specialized maritime, shipbuilding, and offshore event in the Philippines that brings together an international congregation of maritime, shipbuilding, offshore, and their supporting industries gathered in the capital of Manila to showcase the latest developments in the maritime industry, to improve the current shipbuilding technology, and to equipment to help maintain the Philippines’ current status as the world’s #4 largest shipbuilding industry.