Coming Soon OPV

SHAH ALAM: Coming Soon OPV. It appears that MMEA first of class OPV – PCU Tun Fatimah – will not be launch this year. It is likely the OPV -pennant number 8305 – will be launch within the first quarter of 2021 instead. Malaysian Defence has reported that the Home Minister as saying that the ship will be launched in October.

The OPV was supposed to hit water this month but the launch had been deferred as the builder – THHE Destini Sdn Bhd – has found that area where the slipway for the launch, is located are littered with construction debris. Work to clear them will not be completed in time to ensure a safe launch even though the company toyed with several options to hasten the launch.

The OPV will be launched into the Port Klang channel. Destini

It is for this reason, the launch is now targetted next year though I have been told that the company had not fixed a date for it. As it is the deadline for handing the ship is in 2021 as what the Home Ministry told Parliament. In a written response to a question from Senator Imran Abdul Hamid, the ministry said the first OPV is expected to be delivered in 2021 and the project is expected to be completed in 2022.
The port side view of 8305 – note the MMEA name and crest.

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From the Hansard.

Untuk makluman Ahli Yang Berhormat, pembinaan tiga (3) buah kapal Offshore Patrol Vessel(OPV)bagi kegunaan Agensi Penguatkuasaan Maritim Malaysia (APMM) dilaksanakan oleh syarikat usahasama (Destini Shipbuilding & Engineering Sdn Bhd dan TH Heavy Engineering Berhad) iaitu THHE-Destini Sdn.Bhd. Berakhir November 2020, kemajuan pembinaan ketiga-tiga kapal secara keseluruhannya telah mencapai tujuh puluh satu perpuluhan satu peratus (71.7%). Penyerahan ketiga-tiga kapal akan dilaksanakan secara berperingkat bermula tahun 2021 dan akan selesai sepenuhnya pada pertengahan tahun 2022.

The OPV at the yard. Note the two barges behind with the ship in the water with the steel beams. The construction debris is found just after the waterline and extend to where the barges are located.

It is interesting to note that the ministry stated that the overall construction of the ships had reached 71.7 per cent as off November, 2020. It must be noted that the RM738.9 million contract for the three OPVs was announced in January, 2017. The contract period is for 42 months which meant that the ships were expected to be completed by July 2020. So technically it is already behind schedule but the statement from the ministry did not indicate this. I cannot confirmed whether the PH government had renegotiated the contract when it was in power but it is likely as Destini did say that the progress payments for the project and those of the NGPC were reduced by the government (PH) in its 2019 annual report. It is likely the reduction in payment also meant the contract period has been extended to 2022.

— Malaysian Defence

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