Original Winner of the NGPC

SHAH ALAM: Original Winner of the NGPC. In one of my posts about the search for the New Generation Patrol Craft for the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA), I mentioned that a re-tender was held after the other bidders complained about the winner.

Since then I have also reported that a Fassmer design have been selected for the project and the contract is expected to be signed in LIMA 15 next month.

What was never revealed so far was the original winner of the NGPC tender. Industry sources have informed me that the original winner was a China designed boat, most likely a derivative of the Snake class patrol vessels of the Ghana Navy.

GNS Ehwor, one of the four Snake class patrol boats of the Ghana Navy. Ghana Information Ministry
GNS Ehwor, one of the four Snake class patrol boats of the Ghana Navy. Ghana Information Ministry

The 46.8m Snake patrol boats were ordered from China’s Poly Technologies subsidiary of China Poly Group Corporation in 2011 and delivered in October 2011. The boats, built at the Qingdao Qianjin Shipyard were commissioned on 21 February 2012.

According to reports, the four patrol boats, fitted with modern navigation equipment and fitted with two decks guns, costs some US$68 million.

GNS Garinga, one of the Snake class patrol boats.
GNS Garinga, one of the Snake class patrol boats.

Apart from the four Snake class boats, the Ghana Navy also operates a mixture of patrol boats retired by Germany, South Korea and the United States.

— Malaysian Defence

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