VESSEL REVIEW | South African-built escort and patrol vessel for Gulf of Guinea anti-piracy missions

VESSEL REVIEW | South African-built escort and patrol vessel for Gulf of Guinea anti-piracy missions


Nautic Africa, a subsidiary of South African shipbuilder Paramount Maritime Holdings, recently completed the construction and delivery of a new multi-purpose vessel optimised for maritime security missions.

Classed by Bureau Veritas, the aluminium-hulled, semi-displacement vessel will be utilised by an undisclosed Nigerian operator for crew and cargo transfer and other international oil company (IOC)-related assignments in addition to providing escort for larger commercial vessels in the Gulf of Guinea, which has become a piracy hotspot.

The vessel has an LOA of 35 metres, an overall beam of 7.5 metres, a draught of 1.85 metres, and a maximum displacement of 200 tonnes.

Power is provided by three Caterpillar C32 main engines that each produce 1,193 kW. The engines drive three Teignbridge fixed-pitch propellers via ZF 3050 gearboxes to deliver a maximum speed of 28 knots and a range of 1,150 nautical miles at a cruising speed of 20 knots. Two 35kW DTG Propulsion GT-370 electric-powered bow thrusters have also been installed.

The vessel features liveaboard accommodations that will enable the eight crewmembers and 10 other personnel to operate far from shore for up to 30 days before requiring refueling and resupply. The accommodations include single-person cabins for the captain and the chief engineer on the main deck as well as two four-person cabins and four-person cabins below deck. A galley, a saloon, and a medical bay are all located on the main deck.

A ducted, chilled water air conditioning system provides some comfort when operating in the warm waters of the Gulf of Guinea. Two 107kVA generators supply power for the air conditioning and the vessel’s array of electronics, which include two X-band radars, GPS, a satellite compass, two GMDSS A2 VHF radios, and an MF/HF transceiver.

Due to the security situation in its area of operations in the waters off West Africa, the vessel boasts high levels of ballistic protection. The composite wheelhouse is certified to withstand 7.62x39mm armour-piercing incendiary projectiles while the deckhouse was built to be near-impervious to 7.62x51mm NATO ball ammunition. Even the wheelhouse windows feature ballistic protection, being designed to withstand 7.62mm full-metal jacketed rounds.

Nautic said these features will ensure that the crew, the security personnel, and everyone else on board are protected from impacts by bullets of typical assault rifle calibres.

The vessel is also equipped with an external FiFi0.5 system, which includes a monitor with a reach of 120 metres and a pump with a flow rate of 1,200 cubic metres per hour.

There is onboard space for a 6.5-metre tender capable of accommodating six people. The tender is launched and recovered using an A-frame-mounted davit supplied by Palfinger.

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35-metre Patrol Boat/Crewboat
Type of vessel:Patrol vessel/Crewboat
Classification:Bureau Veritas
Owner:Unknown Nigerian owner
Designer:KD Marine Design, South Africa
Builder:Nautic Africa, South Africa
Hull construction material:Aluminium
Superstructure construction material:Ballistic-protected composite
Deck construction material:Aluminium
Length overall:35 metres
Length waterline:34.4 metres
Beam:7.5 metres
Draught:1.85 metres
Displacement:200 tonnes
Gross tonnage:230
Main engines:3 x Caterpillar C32, each 1,193 kW
Gearboxes:3 x ZF 3050
Propulsion:3 x Teignbridge fixed-pitch propellers
Generators:2 x 107 kVA
Side thrusters:2 x DTG Propulsion GT-370, each 35 kW
Steering system:Wills Ridley
Maximum speed:28 knots
Cruising speed:20 knots
Range:1,150 nautical miles
Radars:2 x X-band
Radio:MF/HF transceiver
GMDSS:2 x VHF A2 radios
Other deck equipment:Palfinger boat davit
Other equipment installed:Chilled-water air-conditioning system
Windows:NIJ level III ballistic-protected glass
Firefighting equipment:FiFi0.5 equipment including monitor and 1,200m³/h pump
Tender:6-pax boat
Type of fuel:Diesel
Fuel capacity:44,750 litres
Freshwater capacity:19,000 litres
Sewage/blackwater capacity:3,000 litres
Accommodation:Captain’s cabin; chief engineer’s cabin; 2 x four-person cabins; 4 x two-person cabins; galley; saloon; medical bay

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