April 21, 2024

Blue Economy: Navy takes delivery of French made Offshore Survey Vessel 115

…As First Lady, Sen Tinubu launches OPV in Turkey

By Kingsley Omonobi

In optimizing the functionality of Nigeria’s Blue Economy, the Nigerian Navy (NN) has taken delivery of a state-of-the-art Offshore Survey Vessel (OSV).

A statement by the Director of Naval Information, Commodore A Adams-Aliyu said a French shipbuilding company OCEA SA, successfully delivered the cutting-edge OSV 115 vessel to the NN in Apapa Lagos.

“The OSV 115, designed and manufactured by OCEA SA, is a 35-meter vessel built for scientific hydrographic and oceanographic missions.

“Equipped with progressive technology, including medium/shallow water multi-beam echo-sounders and other essential survey equipment, the vessel is primed to conduct in-depth surveys in shallow and medium waters.

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“This latest addition to the NN fleet will operate in tandem with the OSV 190 “NNS LANA,” also built and delivered by OCEA in 2021.

“The primary role of the new vessel is to conduct hydrographic and oceanographic surveys, supporting the ongoing NN efforts to safeguard Nigerian territorial waters and optimize the current administration’s Blue Economy initiatives.

He recalled that the NN commenced local production of internationally recognized nautical charts in 2019 and the newly acquired OSV will further improve NN hydrographic charting proficiency.

“The delivery of the OSV 115 vessel comes with comprehensive support services, including training, spare parts, tooling, and necessary documentation, ensuring seamless integration and operation within the Nigerian Navy’s fleet.

“The CNS remains grateful to the President Bola Ahmed Tinubu,  for his unwavering support to the NN in her fleet renewal aspirations.

Meanwhile, in accordance with President Bola Ahmed Tinubu Renewed Hope Agenda, the First Lady of Nigeria Senator (Dr) Oluremi Tinubu launched the second 76meter High Endurance (HE) Offshore Patrol Vessel (OPV) built for the Nigerian Navy (NN) in DEARSAN Shipyard Turkey, on Friday.

The first OPV built by DEARSAN Shipyard was launched on 26 October 2023. A statement by the Director, Naval Information, Commodore A Adams-Aliu said the launch was graced by the Minister of State for Defence, Dr Bello Muhammed Matawalle, the Chief of the Naval Staff (CNS) Vice Admiral Emmanuel Ikechukwu Ogalla, the Charge D’Affair Nigerian Embassy Turkey, Ambassador Zayyad Habu Abdulsalam and other dignitaries.

“The launch of the 76meter HE – OPV marks a significant milestone in Nigeria’s commitment to safeguarding her territorial waters and combating maritime threats”.

Speaking at the event, Vice Admiral Ogalla noted that the construction of the 2 OPVs commenced in 2022.

According to him, “DEARSAN Shipyard is constructing 2 OPVs for the NN and the first OPV was launched here on 26 October 2023.

“I am particularly pleased that the milestones on the vessel construction have been met and I hereby appreciate the management of DEARSAN Shipyard for their efforts so far”.

The general specifications of the newly launched OPV are Length – 76.90m, Width – 11.90m, Draught – 3.60m, Speed – 28knots , Propulsion System – Combined Diesel and Diesel (CODAD), Range – 2500nm, Endurance – 16 days, Crew Capacity-47. 

“The construction of the vessel will boost NN fleet renewal efforts for fulfilment of her constitutional mandate and ensure maximum presence at sea to curb illicit acts such as oil theft, piracy, sea robbery, illegal fishery as well as smuggling of Small Arms and Light Weapons among other crimes in the vast 84,000sqnm of Nigeria’s maritime environment.

 “It will also facilitate harnessing the enormous potentials within Nigeria’s maritime domain in support of FG’s Blue Economy initiatives.

“The CNS expressed sincere gratitude to President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, for his support towards ensuring the completion of the construction of the OPVs and his commitment to NN fleet renewal aspirations.

He also extended his appreciation to the  the First Lady of Nigeria, Senator (Dr) Oluremi Tinubu for accepting the invitation to perform the age long naval tradition of launching a ship into water for the first time, a role often reserved for female leaders.