The Malta Independent 22 August 2019, Thursday

Watch - AFM orders new patrol boat; to be delivered in 2020

Thursday, 17 January 2019, 14:51 Last update: about 8 months ago

On Wednesday, the Armed Forces of Malta marked another important milestone and goal of enhancing and modernising the force with a new patrol boat which will be delivered in 2020. The project of an additional and more capable Offshore Patrol Vessel was launched in 2015, and has since then started to take shape, the AFM said in a statement. 

The contract was awarded to Cantiere Navale Vittoria on the 10 October 2018. Construction is planned to begin in the first quarter of 2019, and delivery of the OPV is planned for the second half of 2020.

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During a speech, the Commander of the Armed Forces of Malta Brigadier Jeffrey Curmi stated that: 

The response of the shipbuilding industry was overwhelming. This Offshore Patrol Vessel had to have more endurance, better sea-keeping, and provide better living conditions for our crews. Furthermore, we wanted this new Offshore Patrol Vessel to have improved life-cycle costs in order to ensure that its operations could be sustained in an efficient and effective manner along the years, including better fuel consumption and maintenance costs. 

The Commander of the Armed Forces of Malta highlighted the commitment of all the team involved in this project, together with the assistance of the Ministry for Home Affairs and National Security, the Ministry for Finance, the Ministry for European Affairs and Equality, the Department of Contracts, and the Funds and Programme Division. 

The ceremony ended with the signing of the contract by Brigadier Jeffrey Curmi, and the President of Cantiere Navale Vittoria SpA, Mr Luigi Duo. 

The characteristics of the vessel are as follows:

Overall Length - 74.8m

Moulded breadth – 13m

Speed – More than 20 Knots

Displacement – 1800 t

Draught - 3.8m

Classification Society – ABS

Propulsion - 2 x 5440 kW Hybrid with PTI

Propellers – 2 x CPP

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