New French-made patrol boat loaded for delivery to PHL

A 24-meter Fast Patrol Boat FPB72 Mark II built by French shipbuilder OCEA was loaded on a cargo ship on July 18 in Saint-Nazaire in France.

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The said vessel is the second OCEA FPB72 Mark II built for Philippine Coast Guard (PCG). It will be known as BRP Panglao (2402) in PCG service.

BRP Panglao was launched on June 4.

The first OCEA FPB 72 MKII for PCG was launched was launched on April 25 and is now also bound to Philippines.

The third OCEA FPB72 Mark II for PCG was launched July 10 and will be known as BRP Malamawi (2403) in PCG service.

These 24-meter FPBs were 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.”

“Entirely designed and built by OCEA, 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 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.