The Ecuadorian state-run shipyard Astinave is negotiating to build a multipurpose vessel for the Ecuadorian Navy.
The vessel will be utilised for several missions, including maritime patrols, supply deliveries to the Galápagos archipelago, fuel and water transportation to vessels out at sea, and tugboat operations, according to Ecuador’s Ministry of National Defence.
The project is still in its initial phases. Defence Minister General Oswaldo Jarrin Roman met with Camilo Delgado, Astinave’s general manager, to discuss this potential initiative on 29 May.
Astinave has manufactured offshore patrol vessels Isla San Cristobal (LG-30) and Isla Isabela (LG-31) for the Ecuadorian Navy in recent years.