PHL receives 10th, final new multi-role vessel from Japan

The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) on August 20 welcomed its tenth and final Parola-class Multi-role Response Vessel (MRRV) from Japan Marine United through the Maritime Safety Capability Improvement Project (MSCIP) for PCG Phase 1.

“MRRV 4411 was the last of the Parola-class patrol vessels named after historic lighthouse, Lighthouse Cape Engaño in Palaui Island, Santa Ana, Cagayan,” the PCG said.

PCG said the MSCIP for PCG Phase 1 was funded by Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) official development assistance (ODA).

“The loan facility covers Php 7,373,700,000.00 out of the total project of Php 8,807,700,000.00. The balance will be sourced from the Philippine counterpart of Php 1,434,000,000.00,” PCG said.

“JMU’s winning bid is in the amount of Php 12,790,000,000.00 Japanese Yen, and includes the supply of standard spare parts and tools, crew training, ocean transportation, and marine insurance. The vessels will have a standard cruising speed of 25 knots, and a range of 1,500 nautical miles,” PCG said.

The contract was awarded in April 2015. The first Parola-class MRRV, BRP Tubbataha (MRRV-4401) was commissioned in October 2016.

PCG said BRP Cape Engaño together with the BRP Bagacay (MRRV 4410) will be officially received by the PCG on the August 23 for its commissioning in the PCG National Headquarters in Manila.