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Monday, July 26, 2021 

Mitsubishi Shipbuilding, a part of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) Group, has held a launch ceremony for the first of two large multi-role response vessels (MRRVs) being built to order for the Department of Transportation in the Republic of the Philippines.

The launch took place at the Enoura Plant at MHI’s Shimonoseki Shipyard & Machinery Works in Yamaguchi Prefecture. Handover of this first vessel is scheduled for May 2022, following outfitting work and trial runs. The launch of the second vessel is scheduled for November 2021, with handover planned for September 2022.

The MRRVs are intended for severe weather rescue missions and patrolling in offshore and coastal zones. This vessel has an overall length of about 96.6m, with a maximum speed of 24 knots and a cruising range of up to 4,000 naut miles. It is equipped with secure communication systems for Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) surveillance, a helideck and hangar for helicopter operations, an underwater remotely operated vehicle for subsurface search and survey, high-speed rubber boats and other essential equipment for maritime domain awareness and maritime law enforcement operations. The ship will make a significant contribution to enhancing the speed of response to maritime accidents or crimes on the Philippines EEZ and high seas.

This project is being financed by the Japanese government under a yen loan agreement corresponding to Phase II of the Maritime Safety Capability Improvement Project concluded between the Republic of the Philippines and Japan. The project terms call for application of Japanese technology, notably expertise in shipbuilding.

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