Nigeria’s Homeland Integrated Offshore Services has signed a contract with Damen Shipyards Group for another Damen 3307 Patrol Vessel, bringing the number ordered to six since the first was delivered in 2014.
Damen on 7 June said the vessel, named Guardian 6, will join its sister vessels in the Gulf of Guinea providing security services to oil majors operating in the region. It will perform roles such as deterring and intervening in piracy attacks – Homeland is approved and registered by the Government of Nigeria to provide private maritime security services. Additionally, it will carry out crew transfers and equipment deliveries.
Homeland has selected a number of optional custom features for their vessel. This includes incorporation of a Fast Rescue Craft, Fuel Trax electronic fuel monitoring system and a self-cleaning fuel separator.
Speaking at the signing ceremony, Homeland’s CEO Dr Louis Ekere said, “I’d like to thank Damen for the continued cooperation, which goes beyond the simple client-supplier relationship. We have a genuine collaboration that involves knowledge and technology sharing to the benefit of all parties. The synergy has continued to grow the capacity of Nigerian indigenous companies in line with the objectives of the Nigerian Content Development Monitoring Board (NCDMD) of the Federal Government to grow the local content capacity and many people benefit from employment opportunities, both during the build and in the operation of this vessel.”
Damen Regional Director Africa Mr Harm Blaauw said, “Homeland is a very important client of Damen in Nigeria, with a very well organised management structure. We would like to express our sincere gratitude towards Homeland for the pleasant relationship over the past few years and we are looking forward to working together on a further expansion of the Homeland fleet and presence in the Nigerian maritime sector.”
The Damen 3307 Patrol Vessel is based on Damen’s proven Fast Crew Suppler (FCS) 3307. The FCS 3307 class features the pioneering Sea Axe bow that gives the vessel improved seakeeping behaviour, even in challenging conditions, by cutting through waves rather than going over them. The FCS 3307 has a length of 33.57 metres and deck area of 70 square metres. The aluminium vessel is powered by three Caterpillar engines with a total of 2-3 500 kW. Top speed is around 30 knots. Fitted out as standard, the vessel can carry up to sixteen military personnel along with their equipment.
Homeland was founded in 2006 to support international oil companies working in Nigeria’s offshore oil and gas fields. It now operates a sizeable fleet that includes fast supply intervention vessels, platform support vessels, anchor handling tug supply ships, security and patrol vessels, and tugs.