SHAH ALAM: The Marine police got new boats. The Marine Police on May 2 accepted the delivery of two unit of fast assault craft, designated as PC class patrol craft from Gading Marine, a member of Gading Group.
The two boats are called PC 31 and PC 32.
“The addition of PC patrol boat assets is essential to meet the increasingly challenging assignment requirements and involves a total area of 159,167 square kilometers (km) covering the Peninsular and Sabah and Sarawak with a distance of up to 12 nautical miles from the coast,’ says the Marine Police commander SAC Mohd Yusof Mamat as quoted by its Facebook page.
The PC class according Mohd Yusof can reach speeds up to 45 knots.
“It is best suited for pursuing and intercepting criminals or intruders at sea. It is equipped with a large capacity of fuel tanks and supplies,” he said after piloting one of the boats, reaching a top speed of 42.5 knots.
The two boats were purchased under the second rolling plan of the 11th Malaysia Plan Home Affairs with contract value RM23.2 million, he added.
It is unclear whether this means the cost of one boat is RM11.2 million or RM5.8 milion each, as Mohd Yusof had stated in Langkawi that they were getting four PC class boats from Gading Marine.
If its the latter, it is likely that Gading Marine has a leg up against other shipyards if the RMN Fast Interceptor Craft (FIC) requirement is funded and a competition is opened up.
If it was for the former, it will be still be very competitive. From the pictures posted by Marine police, I am guessing that the new boat is fitted with a manually operated .50 caliber HMG, on top of the bridge. The CGI of the boat by Gading Marine envisaged it to be equipped with three GPMGs.
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