The new Kenyan Coast Guard Service (KCGS) has commissioned their first vessel named OPV Doria in the launching ceremony of KCGS in November 19, 2018. The launching ceremony of KCGS was auspicated by Uhuru Kenyatta, the honorable president of Kenya. The ceremony was held at Liwatoni Fisheries Complex in Mombasa. The Western Marine Shipyard, a famous shipbuilders company of Bangladesh, built the offshore patrol vessel (OPV) for Kenya & it was handed over to Kenya’s Ministry of Fisheries, Livestock & Agriculture in August, 2017.
Specifications of OPV Doria: Type : Offshore patrol vessel (OPV)
- Material : Steel & aluminum
- LXBXD : 54.7X8.9X5 metres
- Draft : 2.4 meters
- Speed : 35 knot
- Capacity : 60 passenger + 12 crews
- Armaments : 1X 20mm Oerlikon gun
The OPV Doria also has three devits of launching boats & a helicopter deck. The building project of another offshore patrol vessel (OPV) for Kenya is going on. The KCGS will use these vessels for protecting fisheries, ensuring maritime security & safety, preventing smuggling, protecting the maritime ecosystem & wealth, operating SAR missions during any natural disaster & supporting the armed forces in the time of war.