VESSEL REVIEW | Guardian 9 and Guardian 10 – New patrol boat pair to bolster Nigeria’s offshore oil and gas protection fleet


Homeland Integrated Offshore Services (HIOSL) was founded in 2006 to support the international oil companies operating in Nigeria’s offshore oil and gas fields by providing a wide range of services both onshore and offshore.

13 years later, it operates a sizeable number of vessels that includes fast supply intervention vessels, platform support vessels, anchor handling tug supply ships, security and patrol vessels, tugs and other craft. Homeland is one of just a few indigenous private maritime security companies in Nigeria with a valid memorandum of understanding with the Nigerian Navy for the provision of security services.

The latest additions to the fleet have arrived safely in Nigeria and are now being prepared for their first assignments. The addition of these two patrol vessels brings improved capability to Homeland’s squadron of Damen-built vessels.

These are deployed in the Gulf of Guinea to protect and support the offshore assets of Homeland’s clients, which include many of the leading international oil companies.

The two new arrivals have been built to the same proven specifications as their sister ships. Key features of the 33-metre vessels include Damen’s axe bow hull form that delivers improved fuel economy and a top speed of 29 knots, together with high manoeuvrability and effective seakeeping.

The power comes from three Caterpillar main engines totalling 3,579 bkW with each driving a fixed pitch propeller via a Reintjes WVS series gearbox. Capable of accommodating up to six crew and twelve security personnel they can remain at sea for up to four weeks and travel 1,200 nautical miles in and around Nigeria’s coastal and offshore oil fields.

The security packages installed on both vessels are purely defensive. The bridges are bullet proof and armoured “citadels” within the hulls protect non-combatants.

Like their sister-ships, Guardian 9 and Guardian 10 will be able to accommodate up to eight security personnel together with their equipment alongside the six crew and fifteen seats for crew transfers.

In addition to their security role, each patrol boat has a 75m² cargo deck aft rated at 2.5 tonnes/m² that adds an additional level of versatility and cost effectiveness to the benefit of Homeland’s clients.

The decks allow them to deliver equipment and spares to offshore installations without any impairment to their primary security role. Additional equipment specified by HIOSL includes thermal imaging sets, diesel powered SOLAS fast rescue craft and Fuel Trax fuel monitoring systems as well as redundant fuel oil separators to protect the engines and generators from contaminated fuel.

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Guardian 9
Type of vessel:Patrol boat
Classification:Bureau Veritas I + Hull • MACH Light ship/ Fast Patrol Vessel Sea Area 3
Owner:Homeland Integrated Offshore Services, Nigeria
Designer:Damen Shipyards, Netherlands
Builder:Damen Shipyards, Netherlands
Construction material:Aluminium
Length overall:34.2 metres
Beam overall:7.3 metres
Depth at sides:3.3 metres
Draught max:2.5 metres
Deadweight max:Up to 65.0 tonnes
Cargo deck area:75.0 m2
Deck load:2.5 t/m2
Deck cargo:20.0 tonnes
Gross tonnage:168
Main engines:3 x Caterpillar, each 1,200 bkW
Gearboxes:3x Reintjes WVS series
Propulsion:3 x fixed pitch propellers
Bow thruster:75 kW, hydraulically driven
Generator sets:2 x 51.5 ekW
Speed:30.0 knots
Range at max speed:1,700 nautical miles
Anchor equipment:105kg HHP Pool TW, chain, electric winch
Fendering:Aluminium fender on deck level;

Heavy duty rubber fender transom corners;

Tyre fender at sides

Fuel filtration:Non-self-cleaning dynamic separator
Engine room ventilation:2 x supply fan, 38,000 m3/hr in total
Fire extinguishing:Stat-X in engine room
Fuel oil:60.3 m3
Fresh water:18.1 m3
Sewage:4.9 m3
Bilge water/ dirty oil:1.4 m3

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