Spain’s Grup Aresa Internacional is preparing to deliver four Aresa 1700 inshore patrol boats to the Nigerian Navy.
The company last week said that after eight months of work, it has completed the first unit that will soon protect the waters of Nigeria.
The hulls were completed around three months ago and now the first vessel is ready for delivery.
The Aresa 1700 is built from aluminium and is 17 metres long, with a 4 metre beam. Each vessel displaces 7.6 tons. Little other information is available on the vessels but a photo released last year indicates the type is powered by two engines each driving a propeller, and a RHIB can be carried at the rear of the vessel.
There has been little mention of the acquisition in Nigeria save for a brief line in the 2021 Nigerian budget appropriation bill, which states that, “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 has previously acquired Aresa vessels, notably for the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA).
The company has also 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.