Cape Town-based company Nautic Africa has secured a contract to build patrol vessels for the Nigerian Ports Authority.
Nautic Africa said that the boats will be based on the new Nautic 17 m hull platform and fitted with SuperShield ballistic protection.
The vessels will be powered by two MTU 8V2000M84L engines, producing 895kW at 2 450 rpm and giving a top speed of more than 45 knots.
The keel laying ceremony of the first two vessels will take place in January 2013. The first vessels will be completed, commissioned and delivered in the third quarter of next year.
“Nautic will provide training for the client’s representatives in Cape Town as it does with all vessels manufactured by the yard,” the company said. Nautic has established support facilities in Nigeria and Ghana and currently offers on-board warranty support to various oil and gas companies as well as direct support to the new STX Namibian Fisheries Research vessel and South Africa’s new SA Agulhas II research vessel.
“Nautic have developed specialist high performance bespoke vessels for African tropical conditions with several deliveries of larger vessels over the last few years,” the company said.
Nautic has delivered vessels to the West Africa region before, notably to Nigeria. In late June, Nautic Africa launched OPS 241, a multi-role crew/cargo vessel for Nigeria, which is using it at Port Harcourt for duties like cargo shipment, patrol and crew transfer.
OPS 241 has a length of 24.6 meters and is the second largest vessel built in Simons Town by Nautic Africa, the largest being OPS 301, with an overall length of 30 meters. This was launched in January 2011.
Last year Nautic Africa delivered two crew transfer vessels, OPS 301 and OPS 204, to a Nigerian company servicing an oil and gas client. Three similar vessels will be delivered this year, including OPS 241. They are privately owned but are crewed by the Nigerian Navy and provide services to oil companies in the region.
Designed by Nautic Africa, OPS 301 and OPS 204 have a length of 30 metres and 24 metres respectively, with capacity for 24 passengers.
Nautic said there is great demand for fast, ballistic protected craft in the West Africa region, especially due to the threats of piracy, oil theft and robbery at sea.
Nautic Africa CEO James Fisher told defenceWeb earlier this year that his company had secured an order for three vessels from another client in the region. The first will be launched in October, the second in January next 2013 and the third in the middle of next year.
Fisher said that his company had been receiving more orders from the West African region and was taking over from traditional suppliers located in Singapore and China.