A Filipino made 50.5-meter two units Multi-mission Offshore Vessels (MMOV) for the Department of Agriculture – Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (DA-BFAR) were at long last propelled yesterday.
A vessel propelling is the way of transferring a newly assembled vessel loaded on a slipway, also known as boat ramp or launch, it is a ramp on the shore by which the vessel can be moved to the water for testing.
Department of Agriculture Secretary Manuel Piñol and Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana spearheaded the launching ceremony of the two new vessels
According to Secretary Piñol, the vessel would cost Php750 million if bought from overseas, that will be equivalent to three ships if built locally.
This MMOV is the first in their class, locally built by Filipino marine engineering contractors on a shipyard in Navotas City in the Philippines, but the design was created by Incat Crowther, a credible ship designer based in the United States.
Incat Crowther said, “the 50m vessel can be used as a law enforcement vessel for any illegal activities like smuggling and illegal fishing, it can also turn the ship into a research platform and can lead to any disaster relief and/or rescue operations as well.”
Officials from the DA-BFAR said, “this is also something to be proud of as it is proof that local shipbuilding companies have the capability to build world-class vessels.”
The vessel which began its construction in January 2016 has a total cost of P178.5 Million per unit. -JCE.
Watch the Multi-mission Offshore Vessels actual launching.