Nigeria’s Homeland Integrated Offshore Services Limited has received a fourth Damen 3307 patrol vessel for operations in the offshore oil fields in the Gulf of Guinea.
Damen announced on 11 January that the Guardian 4 has joined its three sister ships in providing security services to the oil majors active in Nigeria’s territorial waters, together with additional support services including crew transfers and equipment deliveries.
Homeland is one of the few Government-approved, private maritime security companies operating in Nigeria with a valid MOU with the Nigerian Navy, and the arrival of the fourth Guardian adds significantly to its ability to meet its goal of providing turnkey security services that include deterrence of and intervention in piracy attacks, so as to make the offshore environment safer for the benefit of all legitimate stakeholders, Damen said.
The first Guardian was delivered in February 2014. The Guardian series of 3307 Patrol vessels are themselves unarmed, but in the course of their duties carry security personnel along with their firearms. Protection for those on board is provided by an armoured wheelhouse and internal safe haven (citadel), while accommodation for up to 16 people enables them to remain at sea for extended periods of time.
Additional equipment specified by Homeland includes a Fast Rescue Craft, FuelTrax electronic fuel monitoring system and a self-cleaning fuel separator. 15 seats for crew transfers have also been fitted.
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.
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.