Department of Transportation and Communications awards the Philippine Coast Guard Maritime Safety Capability Improvement Project to Japan Marine United Corporation. The said project will provide the coast guard with ten 40-meter multi-role response vessels (MRRV) including standard spare parts and tools, crew training, ocean transportation, and marine insurance.
The winning bidder’s bid price is 12,790,000,000 Japanese Yen. JMU won the bidding against Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Niigata Shipbuilding and Sumidagawa Shipyard. DOTC’s Maritime Safety Capability Improvement Project is being implemented under Japanese Official Development Assistance (ODA) Loan Agreement with Japan International Cooperation Agency.
These vessels, when delivered, will act as primary rescue vessels within the PCG Districts area of responsibility (AOR) when the extent of the disaster is beyond
the capability of floating assets deployed within the AOR of a PCG Station and help assist in the control of oil pollution and protection of maritime environment.
The 40-meter MRRVs will also enforce applicable maritime laws within the designated AOR particularly relating to illegal fishing and sea patrol.
“These 10 new vessels will help the Coast Guard in its functions of maritime law enforcement, search-and-rescue operations, and upholding maritime security within Philippines seas,” DOTC Secretary Jun Abaya said.