Military patrol boat "Kerkouane" launched in Sfax port | Tunisia News Gazette

Military patrol boat “Kerkouane” launched in Sfax port

The military patrol boat “Kerkouane” was launched Tuesday afternoon at the fishing port of Sfax.

Destined for the navy, this vessel was built by the Naval and Industrial Construction Company (SCIN). as part of a partnership with the Department of National Defence.

It is the third vessel built by SCIN after the patrol boat “Istiqlel” in 2015 and the patrol boat “Utique” delivered to the national army in March 2018, according to the chief of staff of the navy, Rear-Admiral Abderraouf Atallah during the ceremony of launching the patrol boat.

Built by totally Tunisian experts, this patrol boat is the fruit of a fruitful collaboration between officers of the army and engineers of the company “SCIN”, he added.

“This fruitful partnership marks the start of the development of the naval industry in Tunisia,” Director General of the company SCIN, Ouassim KoubaA told TAP.

Constructed in accordance with international standards in terms of quality, safety, efficiency and stability, this vessel has undergone all the technical tests required by research departments before it was launched, he said.

“Instead of importing such machines, it seems better to rely on Tunisian skills,” he said.

“This will save the currency, employ Tunisian human resources and boost the relevant activities,” he said, voicing hope to see other state departments follow the Department of National Defense and opt for this participatory partnership model.

Launched in 2012, the partnership programme between the Department of National Defense and the Naval and Industrial Construction Company is “very ambitious,” Defense Minister Abdelkarim Zbidi said during his visit to the air and naval bases in December 2017 in Sfax.

According to him, “The patrol boats built by SCIN comply with international standards for quality and safety”.

This partnership reduces costs by 60% compared to prices offered by foreign companies, he said

Source: TAP News Agency

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