The Angolan Police service has taken delivery of three patrol boats that will be used by border patrol units to combat illegal fishing, cross-border crimes and other national security threats in the coastal areas of Tombwa in Namibe Province.
The boats were handed over to Namibe provincial police commander General Alberto Sebastiao Mendes by Namibe provincial governor Carlos da Rocha Cruz on 10 August.
Governor da Rocha Cruz said the boats would play a critical role in deterring and confronting national security threats that may arise in the maritime sector. He said the fight against piracy and sea-robbery was a joint effort between the police, the national maritime authority and the Angolan Navy.
The Angolan Navy has a pending order of vessels from Middle Eastern ship-builder Privinvest Group. The company will also collaborate with Simportex in establishing a shipyard for the localised construction of navy vessels in Angola.
Apart from supplying vessels to the Angolan Navy, Privinvest and commodities trading company Simportex will develop and operate a shipyard that will be equipped to build, service and provide ship maintenance, repair and overhaul services in Angola.
The company’s product range includes the Combattante series, offshore patrol vessels, roll-on, roll-off cargo vessels, search and rescue vessels, patrol boats, maritime surveillance trimarans and interceptors.