The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) is expecting the delivery of 2 heavy weather, high endurance 94-meter Multi-Role Response Vessels (MRRVs) from Japan in 2021.
The acquisition of these vessels is the second phase of Maritime Safety Capability Improvement Project (MSCIP) for the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG).
MSCIP for PCG Phase I is currently in progress. MSCIP for PCG Phase I will supply 10 44-meter vessels to PCG. 8 44-meter MRRVs are already in active service.
Both phases were funded by Japan through Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) official development assistance (ODA) loan.
Japanese Minister of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism Keichi Ishii who visited PCG on May 29 got a briefing on the accomplishments of 44-meter MRRVs already in PCG service.
“It is with great pleasure to see that Japan’s ships provided a number of accomplishments. Japan is promoting peace in the pacific. To promote free pacific, we must strengthen maritime capablities,” said Ishii.
Meanwhile, PCG Commandant Rear Admiral Elson Hermogino said “we expect that with the coming of the 94 meter vessels from Japan, it will greatly enhance our performance. This will also ensure that all Japanese vessels passing Philippine waters will be guarded and protected.”
Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade said “I’m sure that if we will take care of these ships, Japanese government will be inspired to give us more.”
National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) said MSCIP for PCG Phase II “involves the acquisition of two (2) heavy weather, high endurance 94-meter Multi-Role Response Vessels (MRRVs), to provide the PCG with vessels with a cruising range capability of 4,000 nautical miles, can be used in Sea-State 6 (wave height of up to 6 meters) in rough sea condition, and are capable to conduct continuous maritime patrol up to 15 days at 15 knots.”
“Each vessel, as claimed by PCG, will enable them to recover as much as 500 passengers in the event of a maritime disaster, as well as provide the country with wider maritime coverage for strategic and national security purposes,” NEDA added.