SHAH ALAM: MMEA’s OPVs delayed. Home Minister DS Hamzah Zainuddin has confirmed that the MMEA’s three OPVs built by TH Heavy Engineering Bhd are delayed, though he did not reveal the new deliveries dates for them.
Hamzah was reported by Bernama as saying that the first OPV – Tun Fatimah – was expected to be delivered this year with the second one in 2023 and the third in 2024. He said the three vessels should have been delivered two years ago but cited the company’s (the name of the company was not mentioned in the Bernama report) inability to complete them as the reason for the delay. The minister was speaking to the media after attending the MMEA’s anniversary on February 15, at the RMN Hydrography Centre in Pulau Indah, located next to the THHE Fabricators yard where the OPVs are built.
Malaysian Defence has reported on various occasions regarding the delay since the contract for the THHE (now no longer a subsidiary of the Tabung Haji – now part of Urusharta Jamaah Sdn Bhd, a Finance Ministry company) surfaced in 2017.THHE Destini Secures MMEA OPV Contract. It appears that both shipbuilding contracts awarded to local companies by the then Najib administration have been proven to be failures. The other one.
THHE has been in the news lately for its financial troubles which appears to be the main reason for the delays in delivering the OPVs. Recently, it announced the appointment of a new CEO to put the sail back in its shipyard venture.
I was told that work on the OPVs had only resumed recently – after CNY – as the company’s financial difficulties forced it to stop work temporarily, though I am not sure for how long. And I have no idea when the first OPV is supposed to be launch.
— Malaysian Defence