LANGKAWI: The Malaysia Maritime Enforce-ment Agency is engaging a local company to build three offshore patrol vessels (OPVs), using foreign technology.
MMEA director-general Vice-Admiral Datuk Mohammad Nik said the local company must collaborate with a foreign partner to facilitate transfer of technology.
So far, companies from Europe, South Korea, China and Australia have shown interest in helping to build the OPVs that meet our maritime requirement, he said on the sidelines of Lima 2007 Maritime Conference at Awana Porto Malai here yesterday.
Vice-Admiral Mohammad said the OPVs should be easy to maintain with minimal workforce, adding they should also be installed with machinery and equipment that meet certain standards of technology.
They must also have a landing site for aircraft.
We will use the OPVs to patrol the South China Sea, the east coast as well as the coasts off Sabah and Sarawak.
We can also use it to patrol the northern part of the Strait of Malacca, he said.
He said the procurement of OPVs was part of the development projects worth RM2.7bil planned under the Ninth Malaysia Plan.
MMEA is also calling for interested companies to submit proposals on sea surveillance systems.
The surveillance system should be affordable and meet MMEAs operational requirements, he added.