PHL’s largest, newest coast guard vessel opens door for visitors in Malta

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The Philippine Coast Guard’s (PCG) largest and newest patrol vessel BRP Gabriela Silang opened its door for around 70 maritime law students and professors of International Maritime Law Institute in Malta on February 16, 2020.

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The visitors included Filipinos studying at the said law institute.

The 83.6-meter Offshore Patrol Vessel (OPV) is on its way to the Philippines from France where it was constructed.

Moreover, it is also on a ferry mission for overseas Filipinos in Middle East who wants to be repatriated.

“BRP Gabriela Silang is currently docked at the Malta Freeport to conduct ferry missions to Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) in the Middle East who may need immediate extrication,” the PCG said.

PCG said that BRP Gabriela Silang is considered as the largest and most advanced aluminum hull OPV in the world to date, the BRP Gabriela Silang is designed to meet the demanding mandate of the PCG which highlights the responsibility to perform maritime search and rescue in service to the nation.

“The OPV can ferry approximately 500 people at one time and is more than capable to perform beyond its contractual specification of 20 knots of speed. It has a range of 8000 nautical miles at 15 knots and an endurance of up to five weeks of operation. It has an excellent sea keeping ability and maneuverability on top of the great comfort it offers for people onboard,” it noted.