SHAH ALAM: Last October, Malaysian Defence posted on the Marine police mothership tender. The two 60-meter mothership cum transport and training vessel will be the biggest to be operated by the Marine police once they are in service.
Malaysian Defence summary of the specification of the two vessels:
Two aluminium catamarans with a length of at least 55 meters and not more 60 meters. Top speed of 35 knots and a cruising range of 1500NM and an endurance of 14 days. Armed with a single 20mm remote weapon station and two deck mounted machine guns. A complement of thirty personnel and space for thirty passengers (seated). Equipped with a vehicle and goods deck and a helicopter landing pad.
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The request for bids/tender was published on October 20 and closed on December 20. From the Eperolehan website, we now know that six bidders qualified for the next phase of the tender, the evaluation and selection phase. The six bids ranged from RM194.7 million – the lowest – to the highest at RM299.7 million.
Interestingly there are three bids which are in the similar range – one at RM230 million; the other at RM234 million and highest at RM237 million. They are not the cheapest bid of course but they seemed to be working on a similar solution. Of course, I am not saying that the bids are cheap of course, even the lowest bid meant that each vessel would cost some RM97 million each.
Anyhow, I am guessing we would have a few months time before the shipyard and vessel are selected. Hopefully, there will be an indication at least during LIMA23 this May.
— Malaysian Defence