Ministry of Defence

The first ship is produced at Pasha Liman

13 September 2011

The second ship, produced in the framework of the 31 million euros project for modernization of the Naval Force, goes offshore.

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0.0001.jpgOn Tuesday, 13 September 2011, at Pasha Liman naval base was held the releasing ceremony in water of the ship ‘ORIKU’. This ship was built in Vlora Naval Shipyard, in the framework of the contract with the Dutch company ‘Damen Shipyards’.

In this ceremony attended Defence Minister Mr. Arben Imami, Chief of General Staff Brigadier General Xhemal Gjunkshi, Deputy Minister of Defence Mr. Ekrem Spahia, Naval Force Commander Rear Admiral Kudret Çela, Dutch Ambassador, Mr. Henk Van Den Dool, General Manager of the ‘Damen Shipyards’ Company, Mr. Rene Berkvens, force commanders, generals and other senior executives and directors of MoD and GS. Present were also representatives of the Presidency, Council of Ministers, National Security Parliamentary Commission, members of the Parliament of Vlora, representatives of various institutions, etc.
 
The opening speech was held by Rear Admiral Kudret Çela, who assessed the work done by the Dutch company representatives and Albanian representatives for the construction of the ship ‘ORIKU’.
“The construction of this ship is the continuation of the efforts made during these years by the Albanian Government for the transformation of our Naval Forces, where modernization has been and remains an essential part of this process. Thanks to the continuous support of the Government and Ministry of Defence, today’s event has a special significance, either on the historical context, as well as on military and economic one, not only for the NF, but also for the Albanian people”, said among other things Rear Admiral Çela.
 
Later in the ceremony, the participants were also greeted by Mr. Rene Berkvens, who thanked the Albanian specialists for the close cooperation with them, the care shown by the MoD, Armed Forces and the maritime district of Vlora. Mr. Berkvens also thanked the Commander of Navy, Rear Admiral Çela. “It is not the first time that the Dutch Government and the Albanian Government cooperate effectively to accomplish all the tasks and achieving results within the standards of the North Atlantic Alliance”, he emphasised.
 
Afterwards, Defence Minister Mr. Arben Imami held his speech, which, after thanking the shipyard workers and Dutch company for the successful completion of the ship construction, highlighted the substantial impact that will have in the increasement of the operational capacity of our naval forces and said that “For the first time our Armed Forces will have production capacity.”
 
Considering the Pasha Liman shipyard as one of the most modern garrisons in the Armed Forces, Minister Imami spoke about the further modernization of the Armed Forces, citing the contract for the purchase of five helicopters, the modernization of individual weapons and finding a lasting solution for the completion the Armed Forces with military vehicles and transportation according the highest western standards.
 
“Despite the global economic crisis, the MoD budget has been consolidated and substantial progress was made on its management. Modernization budget is around 20 million euros per year and 2010’s implementation was 100% and is also expected to be the same for 2011”, emphasized Minister Imami.
 
Among other things, the Minister did not forget to mention other major projects which are progressing extremely with good pace, such as the destruction and dismantling project of surplus ammunition, the contribution the Armed Forces provide in peacekeeping missions, as well as infrastructure modernization and standardization in line with NATO standards. Minister Imami, on behalf of the Albanian Government, addressed special thanks to the Kingdom of the Netherlands, Dutch Embassy in Tirana and ‘Damen Shipyard’ Company that made possible for the first time the construction of a ship with such standards in our country.
 
In the closure of his speech, Minister Imami said: “All this reform is a difficult and ongoing porcess, but seeks the creation of a small, professional army of high operational capabilities and interoperability with NATO partner armies. This army will be a guarantee for a safer and more capable Albania to contribute for peace and security in the world.”
 
Then he revealed the name of the ship, which was baptized with the name of the ancient city that layed in this area, ‘ORIKU’.
Before that release into the sea, the ship was blessed by its (nun) godfather, Mrs. Teuta Mati, daughter of former first commander of Naval Forces, Rear Admiral Abdi Mati.
 
The shipbuilding project of the Coastal Ships, which consists in providing the Coast Guard with four vessels STAN PATROL 4207 project, is one of the most important projects of the Ministry of Defence of the Republic of Albania. These vessels, for which is forseen also the construction of the supporting infrastructure, will support the mission of the Coast Guard and Search and Rescue Operations. The whole project, the result of an agreement between the MoD and the Dutch company ‘Damen Shipyards’, with a value of around 31 million euros, is financed at 35% from the ORET program by the Government of Netherlands.
 
The first ship of the STAN PATROL 4207 project, which bears the name ILIRIA P-132, was produced in the Netherlands and handed over to the Albanian Coast Guard in August 2008. While the production of the second ship of the project, which is the first, produced in the Pasha Liman Shipyard, was launched in May 2009. The ship that bears the name ‘ORIKU’ P-133 will be commissioned in late November 2011. The third ship, ‘Lisus’ P-133, will be operational in 2012 and the fourth ‘Butrinti’ P-134 in 2013, the year that marks the completion of this program.
 
The project has involved two stages; the second phase consists in the construction of three ships, of the same type, in Pasha Liman. At the construction shipyard, already equipped with modern shipbuilding equipments, works a qualified professional staff, which after the first ship construction, is also equipped with the necessary experience.
 
One culmination points of this phase is the construction of the ship ‘ORIKU’, the end of which was inaugurated during this ceremony. This is as a result of well organized and joint work with the ‘Damen’ company. All processes of the ships construction are performed by employees of the Pasha Liman shipyard.
 
This inauguration marks not only the construction of a ship that will serve to increase the operational capability of our Naval Forces to meet Coast Guard mission for the enforcement of law at sea, for search and rescue operations, monitoring maritime traffic control, marine environmental protection, etc, but it marks an additional asset in increasing the interaction in the context of operations conducted by NATO and in regional cooperation to cope with various emergencies.

 

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