Shipping Express, Feb 6th 2018 : Western Marine Shipyard Ltd, Bangladesh got awarded for ‘Best Large Patrol Boat Builder 2017’ by Baird Maritime for exporting a hi-tech offshore patrol vessel namely ‘Doria’ to the Kenyan Ministry of Fisheries in 2017. Baird Maritime is a highly reputed maritime publication platform which records deliveries of hi-end patrol boats throughout the globe.
The ‘Doria’ is a 54m long Offshore Patrol Vessel equipped with modern equipment & hybrid propulsion system which enables the vessel to achieve maximum speed of 35 knots (65km/h). This is the first time an OPV of such high speed & standard has been exported from Bangladesh. The project cost was approximately USD 18 Million & was delivered to the Kenyan Authorities in September 2017. Built under class Bureau Veritas, the OPV shall be used to safeguard national fisheries stock & the Blue Economy of the Kenyan Maritime Territory.