French company Piriou has set up a naval shipbuilding and repair facility in Senegal, in partnership with Senegalese company Ngom & Freres.
Piriou announced on 13 November that it had created Pirou Ngom Senegal, which offers shipbuilding and repair services, especially for the military and fisheries sector.
“This new establishment is part of Piriou’s strategy aimed at getting closer to its customers thanks to local implantation and alliance with a strong local partner, thanks to technical and logistic support in France and above all thanks to local staff,” the company said.
Pascal Piriou, President of the Piriou Group said that, “There have been vessels from Piriou in West Africa since 1979 and we have always considered this country to be very promising. In the light of our successful experiences in Nigeria and Algeria, our implantation in Senegal has become obvious if we consider its diversified potential. If we add services vessels and vessels of the Senegalese Navy to the fishing fleet – including the pirogue fleet – there is a true potential for local development. As in Nigeria where we have 200 employees, we’ll rely on Senegalese staff and subcontractors. We are setting up in Dakar very humbly but with great confidence thanks to our partner Ngom & Freres”.
Ababacar Ngom, Ngom Freres CEO said, “Following Nigeria in 2004, Vietnam in 2006 and Algeria in 2013, we welcome Piriou with honour and pleasure…We believe Piriou Ngom Senegal will meet the challenge of the Senegalese maritime-oriented strategies, as they are described in the Plan for an Emerging Senegal (PES) of the president of the Republic of Senegal-his excellency Mr Macky Sall.”
Created in 1992, Ngom & Freres (NGF) mainly serves artisanal fishermen associations, shipowners, fish products processing plants, fish product storage companies, as well as large shipping companies.
Piriou specializes in producing vessels up to 120 metres and has built over 430 ships since inception. The company also announced this week it had set up services company Piriou Reunion on La Reunion in association with Laurent Virapoullé of Peche Avenir. The new company will be located in Port Ouest and become operational in February 2018 for naval maintenance or repair of vessels up to 60 metres and 650 tons. Facilities will include workshops designed and equipped for activities including mechanical and diesel engineering, piping, boiler making and welding.
Some of Piriou’s naval activity in Africa includes the delivery in July 2016 of a 50 metre long Landing Craft Tank (LCT) named Sidi Ifni to the Royal Moroccan Navy; the refit of the Royal Moroccan Navy’s patrol vessel Rais Bargach between 2016/17 and the future delivery of a 72 metre oceanographic multi-mission vessel to Morocco.
In October 2014 Gabon ordered two patrol vessels from Piriou, but it is not clear if these have been delivered. One of the patrol vessels (an OPV 50) was to be built new and delivered in mid-2016 while the other vessel was to be the second hand French Navy P400 patrol vessel Tapageuse, which was being overhauled and refitted and due for delivery in mid-2015. However, it is believed a lack of payment has delayed these deliveries.