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40-meter patrol vessel for Palau named ‘Kedam’

SUVA (Palau government/Pacnews) — Palau President Tommy E. Remengesau Jr. has named the 40-meter patrol vessel donated by the Nippon Foundation and the Sasakawa Peace Foundation, the PSS Kedam.

In the naming and launching ceremony held in Hiroshima, Japan, President Remengesau and first lady Debbie Remengesau christened the nearly complete state of the art patrol vessel.

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The PSS Kedam is named after the great frigate bird of Palau, a sea bird that is the largest bird found in Palau. “A bird that soars highest among all birds of Palau is able to capture the farthest range of sight in high altitudes as it searches for fish. Nothing escapes the sight of the Kedam. The Kedam is a seafaring navigator that searches for food for hundreds of miles and never forgets its way back home. Territorial and cunning, the PSS Kedam is aptly named after this magnificent bird of Palau,” said President Remengesau at the ceremony.

President Remengesau thanked the Nippon Foundation, the Sasakawa Peace Foundation and all of the organisations that joined together to build the PSS Kedam including, the Japan Association of Marine Safety, the Fishing Engineering Co. of Japan, the Kegoya Dock Company, the Penta-Ocean Construction Company, Ltd., and the NBK Corporation for making such an important contribution to Palau’s maritime security possible.

President Remengesau was joined by Ambassador Francis Matsutaro, Council of Chiefs Executive Director Mary Ann Delemel, maritime adviser Nick Ngwal, National Marine Sanctuary executive director Keobel Sakuma, Palau Embassy counsellor Charles Mitchell, Maritime Security and Fish & Wildlife Protection acting Director Thomas Tutii and Press Secretary Olkeriil Kazuo.

Also joining the president were marine law officers already training in Kobe, Japan to man and operate the vessel upon its completion. The vessel will be fully complete in December 2017 and will be sailed to Palau by Capt. Mayce Ngirmeriil, executive officer Jim Kloulechad, chief engineer Moses Nestor, engineer Kamrul Zaman, and navigator Duke Joseph, who will all complete their training in Kobe upon completion of the PSS Kedam.

The 26-ton marine vessel is able to carry a crew of twenty and will be equipped with the latest state of the art navigation and surveillance systems. The largest police vessel to date, the PSS Kedam, will greatly support Palau’s marine surveillance and monitoring in addition to the PSS H.I. Remeliik.

The PSS Kedam is a result of the Nippon Foundation and the Sasakawa Peace Foundation’s commitment in the memorandum of understanding established with the Republic of Palau on Feb. 26, 2016 to enhance Palau’s maritime security capacity in accordance with the Palau National Marine Sanctuary.