program. The program calls for the
construction and delivery of three
patrol craft to the Philippine Navy in
270 days. Total funding authorized
for the program is $4.42 million.
The program was initially bid in
2005, with the low bidder being
Maritime Partners of Norway at
$2.6 million to cover the costs of
two craft. However, the program
never proceeded past that point
until the rebid documents became
public again in late 2006.
Funding for the new bid is
$1.47 million per unit, slightly
higher than the first bid-per-unit
cost submitted in 2005.
Trinidad & Tobago
Picks VT for OPVs
VT Shipbuilding has been selected
as the preferred supplier for the
new helicopter-capable offshore
patrol vessels (OPVs) for the
Trinidad & Tobago Coast Guard.
The deal will be worth more than
$280 million, and a construction
contract is anticipated at any time.
The U.K.-based company was
down-selected as preferred bidder
for the three-ship requirement ahead
of a rival bid from Fincantieri. VT’s
winning design is a 90-meter vessel
capable of speeds of up to 25 knots.
The ships will be built in VT’s
Portsmouth facility, with deliveries
expected to start in 2008.
Japan Coast Guard
Orders Three MPAs
The Japan Coast Guard has selected
Bombardier Aerospace of Canada
to provide three Q300 Maritime
Patrol Aircraft (MPA) as the sea ser-
vice’s next-generation patrol and
surveillance aircraft. Sojitz Corp. of
Japan will be the prime contractor
to the Coast Guard and Field
Aviation Co. of Toronto will provide the mechanical modifications
to the aircraft as well as installation
of the surveillance equipment. A
contract is expected to be in place
by early 2007, with all three aircraft
being delivered to the Coast Guard
The new aircraft will replace the
Coast Guard’s aging force of five
YS-11A MPA aircraft and supplement the two Saab 340 MPA aircraft procured in 1997.
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