New patrol boat Kedam on its way to Palau
By: L.N. Reklai
December 8, 2017 (Koror, Palau) The new 40 meter patrol boat Kedam, donated by Nippon Foundation and Sasakawa Peace Foundation, left Japan December 8 on its way to Palau. It is expected to reach Palau in seven days. [restrict]
The boat is coming with new Marine Law officers that were trained in Japan to man the boat reported Vice President and Minister of Justice Raynold Oilouch. Vice President Oilouch has recently returned from a trip to Japan organized by the Japan government.
“During this trip, I was able to visit the boat and the crew. Acting Chief Tutii has been there in Japan with the trainees and will see them off before flying back here to meet them upon their return,” added VP Oilouch.
The 40 meter patrol boat plus a smaller patrol vessel, a berth, a new building facility for Division of Marine Law Enforcement, fuel and maintenance of vessels for the next ten years, plus salaries and training of 15 officers, are the support measures donated by Nippon Foundation and Sasakawa Peace Foundation in support of Palau’s maritime enforcement capabilities. The total value of the support is $60 million dollars.
The patrol boats and facilities are expected to be handed over early next year. [/restrict]