Pakistan Navy to Get Two BV-Class Damen 1800 Offshore Patrol Vessels

According to a news posted on Pak Navy’s official publication, Damen Shipyards – a shipbuilder from the Netherlands  – has started building two Damen 1800 offshore patrol vessels (OPV) for Pakistan. Pakistan’s first OPV is currently being manufactured in Romania and the second one will be built at Karachi Shipyard & Engineering Works (KSEW).

Pak Navy signed a contract with Damen back in 2017 to build multi-purpose OPVs under Bereau Veritas (BV) class certification. The press release reads,

Pakistan Navy has concluded a contract with M/s DAMEN of Netherlands for construction of two Offshore Patrol Vessels (OPVs) of 1900 Tons. Construction of both vessels will be undertaken at Damen Shipyard Galati, Romania. Steel Cutting Ceremony of OPV-I was held recently at Damen Shipyard Galati, Romania, graced by NAP (Turkey); Captain Khan Mahmood Asif.

A steel-cutting ceremony is held when the construction of a ship or a large water vessel begins.

Pakistan’s Ministry of Defence Production (MoDP) says that the new OPVs will be used for “anti surface [and] anti-air operations, maritime security operations, day/night helicopter operations, combat search and rescue, and surveillance and intelligence gathering operations”.


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 BV-Class Damen 1800 Offshore

Basic functions Border and EEZ surveillance.

Counter piracy and smuggling.

Counter drugs- weapons trafficking.


Fishery inspection.

Disaster relief.

Logistic support

Classification 100A1, LMC, UMS “Patrol Vessel”
Length 83.00 m
Beam MLD 13.70 m
Depth MLD 6.80 m
Draught (design) 3.75 m
Displacement 1890 t
Tank Capacities
Fuel Oil approx. 200m^3
Fresh Water approx 50m3
,in addition to FW gen.plant
Trial Speed (MAX) 22.0 kn
Endurance at 12 kn 5000 nm, 30 days
Fully operational Up to and including SS 6
Surviving Sea State 9 and wind bf 12
Stability System Active fin stabilizing system
Propulsion System
Main Engines 4x 2350 kW each
Propeller 2x CPP, diam. 3000 mm
Bow Thruster 1x FPP, E-motor, 350 kW
Auxiliary Equipment
Power Generation 3x 425 ekW
Emergency Gen. Set 1x 150 ekW

Via PakNavy

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