Sarawak MMEA To Get OPV This June

SHAH ALAM: Sarawak MMEA to get OPV this June. Sarawak MMEA is expected to receive its first Offshore Patrol Vessel this June. Its director First Admiral (M) Zin Azman Mohd Yunus said the OPV was supposed to be delivered earlier but it was delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

He said the OPV to be called KM Tun Fatimah will be based at Beting Patinggi Ali to prevent the intrusions of foreign vessels into the Malaysian EEZ. The ship will boost the capability of the MMEA as it will be able to stay at sea for one month at a time.

The first MMEA OPV at her slipway at the THHE Fabricators yard in Pulau Indah

As reported by Malaysian Defence previously the first of three OPV was supposed to be launch late last year but was delayed due to obstructions on its slipway at the THHE Fabricators yard in Pulau Indah, Port Klang.

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.

Two other OPVs being built by THHE Destini JV are expected to be completed by next year. From the previous post on the OPVs.

First MMEA OPV KM Tun Fatimah 8305 at its launch stand. Destini.

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.

I am of the opinion that Tun Fatimah will be ready for operations at the earliest in September. This is based on the assumption that the ship will be launched by March. Hopefully this will indeed be the way.

— Malaysian Defence

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