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A speedboat named ‘Pengawal 37’ was delivered to the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (APMM) based in Kuala Linggi. Built at a cost of RM2.6 million in Butterworth, Penang, the boat was powered with an MTU 12v 183 TE92 engine. Prior to its delivery to APMM, the patrol boat was used by the Royal Malaysian Police (PDRM) Marine Operations Force. The handover ceremony of ‘Pengawal 37’ to the Southern Region Maritime Enforcement Chief, First Admiral Adon Shalan, was executed by the representative of MTU Services (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd in June 2012. The delivery of the boat to APMM was due to the restructuring of APMM as the single agency that safeguards the country’s waters.

After almost a year of repairing and expansion of performance capacity, the ‘Pengawal 37’ boat which was also known as High Speed Inshore Patrol Craft was ready for service under APMM. According to Adon, the boat would be placed under Kuala Linggi ‘Maritime 5 District’ operations control headed by Maritime Captain Abu Bakar Idris. He hoped that the new asset could improve the enforcement of maritime laws in the Straits of Malacca so as to curb piracy and smuggling. Thus, the Straits of Malacca would become a safe route for any commercial activity. KK15: 25 June 2012 – By: Rohaya Priman

Last Updated on Friday, 07 December 2012 08:10