Nautic Africa launches Sentinel vessels for West African customer


Cape Town based shipyard Nautic Africa, a Paramount Group company, has launched two Sentinel vessels for an offshore security and support client, and will launch another two this month.

The company said the two 35 metre long vessels were launched on 27 and 28 January and are now going through rigorous commissioning, testing and classification trials and completion of works. The second two will be launched in late March at the earliest.

All four vessels will be used for patrol and transport of crew and supplies to rigs. Following sea trials in March and April, the four vessels will be delivered to the offshore security client for an official handover.
“The vessels display our continued dedication to the oil and gas industry and to creating relationships that are built to last,” said James Fisher, CEO of Nautic Africa, adding that these South African vessels are delivered with after sales servicing and warranty in place.

The vessels are built out of aluminium and are equipped with three Caterpillar main engines and two Caterpillar generators as well as bow thrusters. They can reach speeds of 28 knots (in excess of 51 km/h).

The first two vessels feature ballistic protected zones and a fire fighting installation that can shoot a column of water to a distance of over 100 metres. In terms of crew the vessels can sleep up to 18 individuals and for day journeys can ferry up to 16 in the passenger seating.

Nautic has sold a number of Sentinels to West Africa, and in August 2015 launched two of the 35 metre vessels for a Nigerian customer, the Augustina II and Princess Ebikenie. Nautic Africa concluded a R600 million deal in mid-2013 to build seven of the 35 m multi-role patrol vessels for West African clients. The first of class, MV Queen Alaere and MV Sir Emeka Offor, were launched in August 2014.