Nautic Africa launches new Sentinel vessel for Nigerian client


Nautic Africa has launched a new 35 metre Sentinel vessel for Nigerian customer Hadnuvo Marine Ltd, which will use it in the Gulf of Guinea to serve the oil and gas industry.

The vessel, MV Khajan, was launched at a naming ceremony in Cape Town on 5 February. Nautic, a subsidiary of Paramount Maritime Holdings and Paramount Group, said the new vessel is the first model of a new and innovative design in this class.

The vessel offers STANAG Level 1 ballistic protection (including in the wheelhouse and deck-house) including ‘Super Shield’ composite wheelhouse structure – an internally clad main deck to a height of two metres. This provides significant ballistic support against AK-47 gunfire. With both the wheel house and main deck ballistic protected, the highest levels of safety are ensured for the full crew, security personnel and passengers on board, Nautic said.

The 2020 version of the 35 metre Sentinel has a range of 1150 nautical miles at 20 knots and is capable of reaching a maximum speed of 28 knots thanks to three CAT C32 ACERT D-rated engines and propellers. Each engine is rated to 1 600 bhp.

Nautic said the vessel is capable of tackling a diverse array of missions, including rapid response, crew transport, supply fire-fighting, patrol and deployable rapid interception.

The MV Khajan is the latest design iteration of the Nautic Sentinel class, with various improvements in areas such as crew comfort, seagoing abilities and safety, and as such is Nautic’s current flagship vessel. A key differentiating feature is that both the wheel house and main deck are ballistic protected, ensuring the highest levels of protection are offered to the full crew, security personnel and passengers on board.

“The 2020 35 metre Sentinel ushers in a new era of capability, excellence and performance, both for Nautic Africa and for Hadnuvo Marine Ltd, one of Nigeria’s leading vessel operators,” according to Paramount Maritime Holdings CEO, James Fisher.

“West Africa faces accumulative challenges in meeting maritime security demands, including facing threats of oil bunkering and piracy across regionally-diverse threats. These crises are only increasing on our continent in tempo. It is therefore our privilege to work alongside Hadnuvo Marine in launching a solution we view as the culmination of our dedication to creating bespoke deterrents to those threats that would compromise the potential of our ‘Blue Economies’, from the Gulf of Guinea, to across West Africa and elsewhere. Only together, with a united response and a commitment to perpetual innovation, can we help address what are today asymmetrical, transnational threats,” Fisher stated.