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Friday, March 6, 2020 

Mitsubishi Shipbuilding, a part of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI), has concluded an agreement with the Republic of the Philippines to construct two multi-role response vessels (MRRVs) at the Shimonoseki Shipyard and Machinery Works for completion and delivery in 2022.

The MRRVs on order are 94m in length, with maximum speed of not less than 24 knots, and an endurance of not less than 4,000 nautical miles. Both vessels will be equipped with secured communication systems for Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) surveillance, helideck and a hangar for helicopter operations, an underwater remotely operated vehicle for subsurface search and survey, and high-speed boats. They will contribute significantly to enhancing speed of response to maritime accidents or crimes on the high seas.

The newly agreed MRRVs will be provided as a project financed by the Japanese government. The programme corresponds to Phase II of the Maritime Safety Capability Improvement Project concluded between the Republic of the Philippines and the Japanese government in October 2016. The project terms call for application of Japanese technology, notably the country's prowess in shipbuilding.


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