The Customs Administration of Ministry of Finance held a keel-laying ceremony for the second 100-ton patrol boat constructed by China Ship Building Corporation (CSBC). This ceremony was presided over by Deputy Director Chen Mu-Jung of Kaohsiung Customs (KHC) and CSBC's Executive Vice President Kao Chien-I at its Kaohsiung shipyard, wishing for safe and successful construction.
The Customs Administration aims to gradually replace aging patrol boats through procurement of four 100-ton patrol boats. These new vessels have an overall length of 32 meters with a maximum speed reaching up to 30 knots. In addition to high speed, exceptional maneuverability and mobility also contribute to more efficient and effective Customs inspections on coastal waters.
According to KHC, customs authorities in Taiwan have been committed to lawful trade facilitation, revenue collection, and interception of smuggling attempts, diligently safeguarding our national borders. The second one of the aforementioned boats will be assigned to KHC. With its construction having started on June 18 this year, it is expected to be launched in April and delivered in July next year. Its excellent performance is believed to bring about successful interdiction of smuggling actions within the maritime jurisdiction.