Indonesian Navy has received 2 more patrol boats with a ceremony held at Indonesian shipbuilder PT Palindo Marine in 23th of April.
The boats joined seven other vessels that has been taken into service by the Indonesian Navy in 2017.
Indonesia has a coastline of 54,716 km and maritime claims include exclusive economic zone of 200 nm and 12 nm of territorial sea when measured from claimed archipelagic straight baselines. For an archipelagic nation like Indonesia, large numbers of patrol craft are essential for ensuring maritime security in inshore and offshore waters.
To achieve this goal, there are a number of patrol boat programmes underway for 28m, 40m and 60m platforms being conducted by Indonesian Navy.
Karachi Shipyard and Engineering Works handed over two new high speed boats to Pakistan Customs on 10 March. The celebration was attended by distinguished guests including Dr Miftah Ismail, advisor to the Prime Minister on Finance, Revenue & Economic Affairs, Mr. Iftikhar Ahmed, Collector Pakistan Customs, Rear Admiral Syed Hasan Nasir Shah, Managing Director of KS&EW and Mrs. Ardi Stoios-Braken, the Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to the Islamic Republic of Pakistan.
The vessels were built by KS&EW with technical and material support from Damen. The entire project took just eight months and was completed successfully thanks to the high level of cooperation and trust between the two partners. The patrolling boats shall be used for monitoring and enforcement activities in Pakistan’s territorial waters.
The boats measure 15.7 m in length and have a displacement of 20 tonnes with maximum speed of 33 knots. They are equipped with 7.6mm and 12.5mm machine guns at aft position. The vessels are powered by two Volvo Penta marine diesel engines and two water jets.
You can read Damen original press release here.