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12-15-meter Seacraft High Speed Response Boat Acquisition Project of the Philippine Coast Guard

The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) has embarked on the acquisition of small fibreglass boats that would be used for different maritime law enforcement and search & rescue related missions, under the 11.5-meter High Speed Response Boats Small Acquisition Project, which was later renamed as the 12-15 meter Seacraft High Speed Response Boat Acquisition Project.

MaxDefense Philippines thanks one of its contributors known as Herbie in the old Timawa forums, for making the research on the project for the community. 

One of the 12-15 meter Seacraft High Speed Response Boats delivered by Dynacast Shipbuilding - Dynamic Power JV. Photo exclusively shared to MaxDefense Philippines by one of its contributor.

Project Summary:

12-15 meter Seacraft High Speed Response Boat (formerly 11.5-meter High Speed Response Boat Small) Acquisition Project

Note: Edited as of 14 October 2023:

* End User: Philippine Coast Guard

* Quantity: 40 nos.

* Project ABC: Php1,161,000,000.00 (previously Php1,287,504,000.00)

* Acquisition Mode: Public Bidding

* Source of Funding: DOTr GAA 2018, changed to DOTr GAA 2022/2023.

* SARO Release: 
  - SARO-BMB-A-23-0016110 dated and released 19 April 2023, worth Php1,161,000,000.00 to cover for full amount of project cost.

* Winning Proponent: Dynacast Shipbuilding & Repairs Inc - Dynamic Power Marine & industrial Hardware Inc. Joint Venture. Originally to Pacificfortia Marine Technologies Inc. - OPI, contract terminated in 2022 and project restarted.

* Product for Delivery: Originally 40 nos. High Speed Response Boat Small/12-15 meter Seacraft High Speed Response Boats

* Contract Price: Php1,160,000,000.00. Originally Pacificfortia Marine's offer was Php1,195,800,000.00, but contract terminated and project restarted.

* Difference between ABC and Contract Price: Php1,000,000.00. Originally Php91,704,000.00

* Expected Delivery Date: 1st tranche 90 calendar days from NTP, 2nd tranche 180 days from NTP,  3rd tranche 270 days from NTP, 4th and final tranche 360 days from NTP. Full delivery by August 2024. 

* First post by MaxDefense: 08 November 2018

* Searching Hashtag: #PCG12mHSRBSAcquisition #PCG12to15mSHSRBAcquisition

* Status: Notice of Award (NOA) released 26 December 2018 in favor of Pacificfortia Marine Technologies. Notice to Proceed (NTP) released 25 January 2019. Expected delivery of 1st tranche on or before late September 2019, 2nd tranche on or before late January 2020. No deliveries made as of December 2020. Contract with Pacificfortia Marine Technologies was terminated and company blacklisted for failure to deliver the boats. Project restarted for public bidding as of 2nd quarter 2023. Project awarded to Dynacast Shipbuilding & Repairs Inc - Dynamic Power Marine & Industrial Hardware Inc. Joint Venture. Contract released 30 August 2023. 
First batch of 3 boats delivered to PCG on October 2023.


The project aims to have 40 units of High Speed Response boats with hulls made of Fiberglass Reinforcement Plastic (FRP) and with a length of between 11 meters to 12 meters. It is required to have a breadth of not less than 3.5 meters and a draft between 0.7 – 1.0 meter. 

It is the PCG's equivalent to the US Coast Guard's 8-meter Response Boat Small Mk. 2, and the larger 14-meter Response Boat Medium, and are expected to perform similar utilitarian duties as its American counterpart.

It could also be compared to the 14-meter patrol boats given by the US government to Vietnam.

The US Coast Guard's 8-meter Response Boat Small Mk. II (RB-S2) from Metal Shark (top), and the 14-meter Response Boat Medium (RB-M) from Vigor Industries (above) were used as a basis for the PCG's High Speed Response Boat Small project. Mission profile and even its external features look similar too despite the PCG's boat being larger than the RB-S2 and smaller than RB-M. Photos taken from Baird Marine for RB-S2, and Vigor Industrial's website for the RB-M.

These high speed boats have the following missions:

* Maritime Security (MARSEC)
* Maritime Law Enforcement (MARLEN)
* Maritime Safety (MARSAF)
* Maritime Environmental Protection (MAREP)
* Maritime Search and Rescue (MASAR)
* Maritime Patrol
* Vessel Boarding, Search and Seizure (VBSS)

Basic Technical Requirements for the boats are as follows:

Minimum of three (3) Outboard Motors, 4-stroke, Gasoline-fed Engines

    a. A Fully enclosed Main Cabin (Pilot House) complete with Operator's Control Console and Navigator Control Console. 
    b. 6-Bolster / Seat Type Seats and two 2-man bench seating

Not less than 3,850 kqs

    a. Minimum speed 35 knots.
    b. Full Speed not less than 40 knots at full load condition

    a. Can withstand and still functional at sea state 3 condition
    b. Survivability at sea state 4 condition

    a. Three (3) mounts (1 fwd and 2 aft) with universal adaptor capable for holding 50 cal, M60 or AGL.
    b. Radar, 19", 36 NM Range
    c. Marine VHF Radio interfaced to Electronic Navigation System, GPS and AIS
    d. MOBI - Man Overboard Indicator System with 5 sensors (Pilot, Navigator, (3) Gunner)
    e. Wireless Intercom System (or equal) - (5) positions - Navigator, Coxswain, one by forward gun position and one cash by aft gun position (2 total at aft area)
    f. Dual Trumpet Marine Grade Navigation Horn
    g. Illuminated Magnetic compass

Boat Fendering System:
    a. Boat Sheer Lines Fendering system ("D" Shape), 20 inches min flat area shall be closed cell solid Ethylene Vinyl Acetate foam.
    b. Color
Twenty-eight (28) units– Tube: International Orange/ Structure: Eggshell white
Twelve (12) units– Tube: Dark Gray/ Structure: Light Gray

Illustration from PCG on what the High Speed Response Boat Small would probably look at, including the color scheme as required. Photo screengrabbed from Bid documents.

* Boat Trailer
* Spares

Delivery Period:
First tranche: First Twenty (20) units within first One Hundred Eighty (180) calendar days upon issuance of Notice to Proceed (NTP). 

Second Tranche: Remaining Twenty (20) units to be delivered within the succeeding sixty (60) calendar days after the first tranche of delivery. 

Warranty Period:
Five (5) Years (Spare Parts and Technical Support/After Sales) 

Personnel training for the use of equipment and boat maintenance for a duration up to three (3) days with at least 4 students each. 

Delivery Location:

Other requirements:
All FRP components i.e Hull, Deck, Cabin, Girder and Bulkhead are required to be manufactured in the Philippines. The Company with manufacturing  facility of FRP shall be approved by the Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA) as a Class-A Boat Builder.

Assembly, components and equipment of the boat other than FRP, shall be procured in any country or continent of the listed below: 
a. Europe 
b. Australia 
c. Japan 
d. United States of America 
e. France 
f. Israel
g. Canada

Metal Shark's Defiant 38 is similar to the PCG's High Speed Response Boat Small in terms of specs and capabilities. Photo taken from Metal Shark's website.


10 January 2019:

PhilGEPS has finally posted the tender results for the 11.5-meter High Speed Response Boat Small acquisition project.

Pacificfortia Marine Technologies Inc. based in Malabon City was declared the winning proponent with a submitted contract price of Php1,195,800,000.00.

The Notice of Award (NOA) has been released on 26 December 2018. It is expected that the Contract will be signed anytime soon, and the Notice to Proceed released.

The PhilGEPS notice informing the awarding of the tender to Pacificfortia Marine. Photo shared by Herbie, taken from PhilGEPS website.


10 February 2019:

The Notice to Proceed (NTP) for the project was released on 25 January 2019, which will be the basis for the delivery deadlines for Pacificfortia Marine Technologies. This means that the 1st tranche will have a deadline of 240 days from the NTP release date, which is around 22 September 2019, while the 2nd tranche would have a delivery deadline of around 24 January 2020.

The copy of the NTP from the PCG, received by Pacificfortia Marine Technologies on 25 January 2019. Photo shared by Herbie.


03 April 2021:

MaxDefense PH received a photo from one of its contributor showing what the actual unit may look like.

Photos below, taken from the Department of Transportation and shared to MaxDefense PH by Herbie, show the first boat with hull number 1101, which means the PCG has classified the boat as 11-meters long.

Photos show the first unit, with hull number 1101 on dispaly together with a towing trailer. It also appears that a 2nd unit was already under construction. Photo date is unknown. Photo credits to Department of Transportation, shared by Herbie to MaxDefense PH.

So far, there are no indication that Pacificfortia has completed delivery of all 40 units as of December 2020, despite a delivery completion date as mandated by contract by 23 May 2020.


18 March 2023:

We received confirmation from industry sources that the contract between the Philippine Coast Guard and Pacificfortia Marine Technologies was cancelled and terminated due to the latter's inability to deliver the boats as per contract terms and conditions.

Pacificfortia was also blacklisted from taking part in government tenders due to this failure.

The project is now on hold and will be offered for bidding again soon.


30 June 2023:

The Philippine Coast Guard has restarted the project, which is now renamed as the 12 - 15 meter Seacraft High Speed Response Boats Acquisition Project. The quantity remains the same at 40 units but the budget was decreased to just Php1,161,000,000.00.

Bidding SOBE was originally scheduled on 20 July 2023, subject to changes.

As the project name says, the specs now allows a boat design that is between 12 to 15 meters long, or a few meters longer than the original specs was calling which is around 11.5 meters long.


18 September 2023:

Based on the results of the tender, Dynacast Shipbuilding & Repairs Inc - Dynamic Power Marine & industrial Hardware Inc. Joint Venture was declared the winning proponent after being declared as the Single Calculated Responsive Bidder.

Initially their offer was declared as "not passing" requirements but a Motion for Reconsideration was filed and this was accepted by the Bids and Awards Committee after a re-review.

The joint venture received the contract on 30 August 2023, and is expected ro complete the delivery of all 40 boats in 4 tranches of 10 boats at 90, 180, 270, and 360 days from NTP release.
Main page of the contract awarded to Dynacast-Dynamic Power JV. Photo credits to DOTr.

We will be updating this page regularly especially if the 1st tranche can be delivered by early December 2023.


14 October 2023:

Our parent page MaxDefense Philippines received exclusive photos for the first batch of three 12-15 meter High Speed Response Boats delivered by Dynacast Shipbuilding - Dynamic Power Joint Venture this month. These boats are still subject to inspections and testing by the Philippine Coast Guard before they are inducted into service.

Photo credits to MaxDefense Philippines' contributor who wish to remain anonymous.

Based on the photos, the boats are using 2 outboard diesel engines from Sweden's OXE Marine, which is according to the revised specifications of the project.

Surprisingly the delivery was made only less than 2 months after Dynacast Shipbuilding - Dynamic Power Joint Venture received the Notice to Proceed for the Project, as their contract delivery requirements is for them to deliver the first 10 boats within 90 days from NTP release.

This means the JV should deliver the first 10 boats by December 2023. With the 3 boats delivered by October, it is possible that they are looking at delivering 3-4 boats per month up until August 2024.

Design-wise, the boats delivered by Dynacast-Dynamic Power JV appears to be longer than the boats that Pacificfortia-OPI JV were suppose to deliver, most notably on the fender lines. 

Should this delivery pattern continue, we expect another 3-4 boats delivered to the PCG by November 2023.

First edit and release: 02 February 2020
Copyright MaxDefense Philippines / Herbie / Philippine Defense Resource

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