French shipbuilder OCEA has released a photo showing 24-meter Fast Patrol Boat type OCEA FPB72 Mark II BRP Boracay (2401) being loaded on a cargo vessel for transport to the Philippines.
The loading was held in Saint-Nazaire on June 8. BRP Boracay is the first of 4 ordered OCEA FPB72 Mark II for Philippine Coast Guard (PCG).
OCEA launched to the sea the second of four FPB72 Mark II BRP Panglao (2402) on June 4 at its yard in Les Sables d’Olonne. OCEA committed to deliver all four 24-meter FPB72 Mark IIs this year.
These 24-meter FPB were designed “to ensure 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.”
“This versatile and competitive 24 m type OCEA FPB 72 MKII is based on the model already operated by the Surinam Coast Guard (2 units) and Nigerian Navy (7 units) and adapted to meet the operational requirements of the Philippine Coast Guards,” OCEA said.
OCEA is also building an 84-meter offshore patrol vessel type OCEA OPV 270 for PCG, expected to be delivered in 2019.