THE Philippine Coast Guard announced receiving on Monday its fifth multi-role response vessel Suluan from Japan as an addition to its fleet for search and rescue operations.
The new MRRV-Suluan with assigned bow number 4406 is the fifth of the 10 MRRVs built and delivered by the Japan Marine United (JMU) Corporation Yokohama Shipyard. The name Suluan was derived from the Suluan Lighthouse located in Guiuan, Eastern Samar.
Five more MRRVs will be built and delivered to the PCG and be named after primary lighthouses in the Philippines denoting their significance to aid maritime navigation, the PCG said.
According to the PCG, the MRRV Suluan will also be utilized to support the ongoing fight against terrorism in the southern Philippines.
The ship, along with the other nine ships, was acquired through the Maritime Safety Capability Improvement Project, which was awarded by the Department of Transportation to the JMU Corporation.
JMU won the bid at the amount of 12,790,000,000.00 Japanese Yen, which includes the supply of standard spare parts and tools, crew training, ocean transportation, and marine insurance, according to the PCG. REICELENE IGNACIO