The Nigerian Navy has ordered one more hydrographic vessel from French shipbuilder Ocea, the company announced on October 12.
The latest order follows Ocea’s delivery of 18 ships to the Nigerian Navy in 8 years, including the NNS Lana, a 60-meter OSV 190 SC-WB hydrographic research vessel.
Other deliveries included two FPB 110 MKII 35-meter patrol boats and two 17-meter type C-Falcon interceptors in 2020.
The latest order will be a smaller version of the Lana hydrographic research vessel, measuring 35 meters in length.
The hydrographic and oceanographic research vessel will complement the OSV 190 NNS Lana, allowing the Nigerian Navy to complete the knowledge of its maritime territory. It will be capable of supporting oceanographic/hydrographic operations, oil spill response, general patrol, search and rescue, and diving support missions.
The new ship will be equipped with a multi- and single beam echosounder, means of water sampling, a wet laboratory, and a 5.6-meter hydrographic boat fully equipped for surveys in small and very shallow waters.