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”.
|Basic functions||Border and EEZ surveillance.
Counter piracy and smuggling.
Counter drugs- weapons trafficking.
|Classification||100A1, LMC, UMS “Patrol Vessel”|
|Beam MLD||13.70 m|
|Depth MLD||6.80 m|
|Draught (design)||3.75 m|
|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|
|Main Engines||4x 2350 kW each|
|Propeller||2x CPP, diam. 3000 mm|
|Bow Thruster||1x FPP, E-motor, 350 kW|
|Power Generation||3x 425 ekW|
|Emergency Gen. Set||1x 150 ekW|