Bangladesh Coast Guard receives converted OPVs

Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri has delivered the final two of four offshore patrol vessels (OPV) to the Bangladesh Coast Guard (BCG).

The decommissioned Italian Navy Minerva-class corvettes were converted by Fincantieri at its Genova and Muggiano shipyards into offshore patrol vessels under a July 2015 contract.

The vessels delivered are former the ITS Urania and ITS Danaide, which were renamed Karamuzzaman and Mansoor Ali.

The first two OPVs, formerly known as Minerva and Sibilla, were delivered to Bangladesh in August 2016 and were renamed Syed Nazrul and Tajuddin.

The vessels will be used to patrol the country’s maritime boundaries and traffic in its exclusive economic zone, with capabilities to contain environmental pollution and to rescue and assist civilian populations in the case of humanitarian emergencies.

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