Guinea-Bissau receiving Spanish patrol boats


Guinea-Bissau is taking delivery of two patrol boats donated by the Spanish Civil Guard’s Naval Service.

The two vessels (M08 and M13) are Spanish built Rodman Polyships 55M models formerly operated by the Servicio Maritimo De La Gaurdia Civil (Semar), which received over a dozen of the type, but donated two to Mauritania and one to Senegal. The Rodman 55M is designed for high speed patrols and can reach speeds in excess of 50 knots. They are made from composite materials and displace 20 tons. Length is 17 metres and draft around one metre. Crew is four to five.

The first vessel, M08, left Spain in mid-February aboard the Semar-operated Rio Tajo transport vessel, according to IHS Jane’s Navy International and Semar, and arrived in Guinea-Bissau on 28 February.

The Rio Tajo had a team of Semar instructors on board to train crews from Guinea-Bissau’s national guard, according to Janes, which said the second vessel is due to be shipped to the West African country aboard the Rio Tajo at a later stage.

Apparently Guinea-Bissau recently took delivery of a fisheries patrol boat from Spain’s Astilleros de Bermeo Sociedad Limitada. The 21 metre long N’Djamba Mane is powered by two 750 hp MTU engines giving a range of more than 200 miles, According to La Voz de Lanzarote. It was deployed in August-September last year during the European Union operation Pedro Cardoso Nanco aimed at combating illegal fishing off West Africa and operated by Fiscap (Guinea Bissau Service of Inspection and Control of Fishing Activities).