Ecuadorean Navy Receives Speedboats for Maritime Vigilance
By Dialogo January 11, 2012Ecuadorean President Rafael Correa chaired a ceremony to mark the delivery of four speedboats, two tug boats, and an oceanographic research vessel to the Navy to reinforce maritime vigilance activities.
Built by the Ecuadorean Naval Shipyard – ASTINAVE, the new speedboats are part of the project to reinforce the monitoring capabilities of the National Directorate of Aquatic Spaces to combat illicit activities along Ecuador’s coasts.
During the delivery ceremony, President Correa stated, “I hope that it will be understood that we’re not only delivering speedboats and ships, but rather that we’re delivering knowledge, national added value, science, technology, and a culture of excellence; that ASTINAVE is delivering us development,” Correa declared.
The new vessels will be destined to the provinces of Esmeraldas, Manabí, and Santa Elena and will be under the control of the Coast Guard Command. At the same time, the Ecuadorean Petroleum Fleet received two tug boats, and one vessel was turned over to the Navy’s Oceanographic Institute.