Spain’s Grup Aresa International is building four aluminium patrol boats for the Nigerian Navy, with the hulls already completed.
Two months ago the company said the milestone of the hulls being completed had been reached and construction was ongoing.
The company released a photo of the ceremony showing that the vessels involved are Aresa 1700 IPC inshore patrol craft.
Little other information is available as the Aresa 1700 model is not listed in the company’s catalogue and appears to be a new design. The company said more information would be forthcoming on the Nigerian contract.
According to the 2021 Nigerian budget appropriation bill, “procurement of 4 x 17 m inshore patrol craft (Aresa boats)” is ongoing. Also listed as ongoing for the Nigerian Navy are the procurements of a 32 metre hydrographic survey vessel, the procurement of a landing ship tank, and the procurement of three AW109 helicopters. The hydrographic survey vessel appears to be a new design in addition to the 60 metre NNS Lana that was recently completed by France’s Ocea.
Nigeria is no stranger to Aresa vessels, with state-owned Global West Vessels Specialist Limited receiving four 17 metre long Aresa 1800 CPV multirole vessels in 2013. This model is powered by two 1 000 hp engines giving a top speed of 40 knots, and a range of 500 nautical miles at a cruising speed of 25 knots. Global West has acquired vessels on behalf of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA).
Also in 2013, Aresa announced it had delivered four Aresa 1300 sentinel RIB vessels to a Nigerian state-owned enterprise, apparently also Global West.
Aresa specialises in the construction, repair, and maintenance, services, and marketing of vessels up to 60 meters in length in composite materials and marine aluminium. It has built more than 1 200 vessels over the last sixty years.
The company has supplied a number of vessels to African military customers, including the Senegal Maritime Police (15 Aresa 1200 Coastal Patrol vessels in the 1990s), Cameroon (17 military vessels in the 2010s), Angola Maritime Police and Nigerian Navy.