First photos of Pakistan’s Biggest Maritime Patrol Vessel released

Photos of Pakistan’s biggest Maritime Petrol Vessel has just been released by the Pakistan Maritime Security Agency (PMSA). The first of its kind, 1,500 ton Maritime Petrol Vessel (MPV) is going to be the biggest MPV the country has ever used.

The pictures were released directly from where it is being stationed in Huangpu Shipyard in China. This MPV is part of the six MPVs that Pakistan will be receiving. Two of them are 1,500 tons while the other four are 600 tons.

The 1,500-ton MPVs are being constructed with help of Karachi Shipyard & Engineering Works (KSEW). The Keel laying ceremony of the ship was held in January.

According to the KSEW, the 1,500 ton MPV is 95 meters long and will be powered by two engines that can achieve a maximum speed of 26 knots. The ship is big enough to hold a light or medium utility helicopter on its flight deck.

So far the PMSA has received 3 out of 4 600 ton MPVs namely the PMSS Basol, PMSS Hingol and PMSS Darya-e-Dasht. The later two have been deployed in Gawadar and have been in operation since January. The fourth 600 ton MPV is currently being constructed by the KSEW since May 2016. The 600 ton MPV are 68 meters long each and can reach a maximum speed of 27 knots.

The final release date of the 1,500 MPVs is still a mystery. But from the pictures, it is evident that they are almost complete.