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By Evelyn Usman

Nigerian Navy’s newest Offshore Survey Vessel, NNS LANA, arrives Lisbon, Portugal, today, on the first leg of its homeward voyage to Nigeria.

The ship was received by a Nigerian Navy delegation headed by Rear Admiral Perry Onwuzulike and officials of the Nigerian embassy in Portugal. She is expected to stay in Portugal for three days, after which she will depart for Las Palmas, Spain, on April 23, 2021.

NNS LANA which is the Nigerian Navy’s first ever purpose built Offshore Survey Vessel, was conceived as a replacement to the previous NNS LANA, a survey ship that was decommissioned about 10 years ago.

The Nigerian Navy took delivery of the Offshore Survey Vessel in Saint Nazaire, France, last Thursday, after the provisional acceptance trials were concluded.

In a statement issued by the Director, Naval Information, Commodore Suleiman Dahun, he noted that “ the construction of the Offshore Survey Vessel 190 MKII (NNS LANA) commenced in December 2019 and the building process was successfully completed and the ship was launched on September 24 ,2020 at Les Sables d’Olonne, France.

“NNS LANA (A499) is designed and purposely built to enable the NN 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 state-of-the-art modern survey equipment as well as a well-equipped 7.6m surface vehicle for shallow water surveys. Furthermore, 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. The machineries include 2 x MTU engines, 3 x 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 crew training commenced in January2021 and ended on April 12, 2021. The change of flag ceremony marked her readiness to embark on her maiden homebound voyage to Nigeria.

“Expectedly, NNS LANA would join the Nigerian Navy Fleet in May 2021. It is envisaged that the rebirth of NNS LANA would afford the Nigerian Navy Hydrographic Department the leverage to successfully and systematically conduct hydrographic surveys and charting of Nigeria’s waters. It would also afford Nigeria the opportunity of keying into the General Bathymetric Charts of the Oceans,GEBCO Seabed 2030 project and the Global Multi-Resolution Topography GMRT synthesis project which would ultimately facilitate Nigeria’s accomplishment of its obligation under SOLAS Convention in accordance with President Muhammadu Buhari’s deliberate and sustained policies on maritime safety and security”, Dahun stated.

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