The Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) has taken delivery of three more patrol boats, to be used for maritime security in a public-private partnership arrangement.
The additional vessels were acquired through state-owned company Global West Vessels Specialist Limited, according to Nigerian media reports.
The boats, NIMASA Amaseikumor, NIMASA Oglakirigha and NIMASA Oweikenigban, were procured by Global West Limited in terms of a contract signed three years ago. Global West is contracted to provide up to 20 vessels to NIMASA.
Nigerian Minister of Transport, Senator Idris Umar earlier this year said that, “In order to effectively curtail piracy, arm robbery and other maritime crimes at the sea, the agency engaged a service provider, Messrs Global West Vessels Specialist Limited to provide platform which includes patrol and enforcement boats and electronic software to enforce the mandate. This is in line with the provision of section 23(3) and (4) of NIMASA Act.
“Under the agreement, the service provider is expected to provide a minimum of 1 and a maximum of 20 boats. 13 armoured boats and 12 conventional boats have been procured, bringing the current total fleet to 25 boats.”
Grup Aresa Internacional earlier this year delivered four 17 metre long Aresa 1800 CPV multirole vessels to Global West. This model is powered by two 1 000 hp engines giving a top speed of 40 knots, and a range of 500 nautical miles at a cruising speed of 25 knots.
NIMASA will soon take delivery of another three boats.
NIMASA earlier this month sent 655 cadets for training under the Nigerian Seafarers Development Programme (NSDP) bringing the total number of beneficiary-cadets under the scheme to 1 460. The cadets are being sent for training in the Philippines, Romania, Egypt, India and the United Kingdom.