By: Elena Grace Flores
‘BRP Tubbataha,’ which is is arriving on August 18 at the MAnila Port, is the first of 10 vessels that Japan is building for PH’s search and rescue and maritime security and law enforcement operations now that the West Philippine Sea is under possible territory invasion by China. This is evident in their not honoring the Hague ruling that gives sovereignty of the areas involved to the Philippines.
The BRP Tubbataha, an MRRV-4401, is set to leave Yokohama on August 11, and arrival at the Port of Manila is calculated on August 18. The formal turn over by the Japan International Cooperation Agency to the Philippine government will be on September 1.
BRP Tubbataha’s special features include fire monitors, night vision camera, radio direction finder, a work boat, and the bullet-proof navigational bridge. It’s a 44-meter vessel that was built at the Japan Marine United Corporation Yokohama Shipyard. The following are the specifics:
Length: 44 meters
Breadth: 7.5 meters
Depth: 4 meters
Output: 2,580 kw
Max Speed: Approximately 25 knots
Cruising range: 1,500 nautical miles
Complement: 25 persons
Japan continues to build 9 more MRRV’s for the Philippine Coast Guard as determined in the signed Declaration for a Strengthened Strategic Partnership and its Action Plan last June by the previous administration between the two countries that includes drills. Their names will signify the primary lighthouses locally to denote its importance as one of the navigational aids in the maritime industry.”