NNS Lana arrives home


The Nigerian Navy’s new hydrographic survey vessel NNS Lana arrived in Lagos yesterday (17 May) from her four-leg maiden homeward voyage.

Speaking at the reception ceremony at NNS Beecroft in Lagos, Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Awwal Gambo, said that the offshore vessel would serve as a source of revenue generation for the country and the Nigerian Navy because it will enhance the capacity of the Nigerian Navy to conduct hydrographic surveys, provide charting services for safe navigation and provide maritime security. Gambo added, “It is instructive to state that the federal government of Nigeria has embraced the Blue Economy initiative in line with United Nations sustainable development goal – 14 agenda. This entrenches the sustainable exploration and exploitation of vase resources in the nation’s maritime environment.”

Being the Nigerian Navy’s first ever purpose-built Offshore Survey Vessel, the new vessel was conceived as a replacement to the previous NNS Lana, a survey ship that was decommissioned about ten years ago.

NNS Lana (A499) is designed and purposely built to enable the Nigerian Navy to conduct hydrographic and oceanographic surveys. It is also capable of conducting geophysical studies, search and rescue operations as well as patrol duties. The ship is equipped with survey equipment as well as a 7.6 metre boat for shallow water surveys. The ship has an Automatic Weather Station (AWS), wet and dry laboratories, scientific and technical workshops as well as operating and processing rooms for survey data.

Machinery includes two MTU engines, three CAT main generators/one emergency generator, electric propulsion system and other auxiliaries. The electric propulsion, which is operated at survey speed, is particularly installed to minimize distortion of data due to machinery noise. The ship has a maximum speed of 14 knots and a capacity of 50 crew.

The Nigerian Navy recently took delivery of NNS Lana from Ocea in Saint Nazaire, France. Construction of the vessel commenced in December 2018 and was completed in July 2020. The ship was launched on 24 September 2020 at Les Sables d’Olonne, France. The Nigerian Navy took delivery of the offshore survey vessel in Saint Nazaire on 15 April 2021 after provisional trials were concluded. From Saint Nazaire, NNS Lana departed for her maiden voyage on 16 April. The voyage was divided into four stop overs in Lisbon (Portugal), Spain, Banjul (The Gambia) and Ghana before arriving at her reception ceremony. The stop overs allowed for technical assessments and provided the opportunity for flag showing in the various nations in accordance with the Nigerian Navy Defence engagement trust.

Gambo also mentioned that the Nigerian Navy is still expecting another vessel from France to be used in patrolling the creeks and inland waters of the Niger Delta.