French shipbuilder OCEA has launched an OCEA OSV 190 SC-WB hydrographic research vessel, NNS Lana (A499), for the Nigerian Navy.
The launching ceremony took place on Thursday, Sept. 24 at OCEA site in Les Sables d’Olonne in western France. Nigerian Ambassador to France, a delegation from the Nigerian Navy Headquarters from Abuja and representatives the French administration were present at the ceremony.
In 2018, OCEA was awarded a contract for the acquisition of a hydrographic research vessel and associated logistical support services following an international call for tenders. The OCEA OSV 190 SC-WB design selected for the contract is a hydrographic and oceanographic research vessel from OCEA’s line of auxiliary vessels.
“The award of this order to OCEA shipyard once again demonstrates the competitiveness of OCEA’s offer in the face of intense international competition (India, Spain, South Korea, South Africa, etc.)”, said an OCEA statement.
This new achievement also strengthens the presence of the OCEA Group in Nigeria, whose Navy already operates numerous patrol vessels from 24 to 35 meters built by OCEA. By the end of 2020, the Vendée shipyard will deliver two 35-meter FPB 110 MKII type patrol boats and four interceptors to the Nigerian Navy.
NNS Lana (A499) will allow the Nigerian Navy to have a better knowledge of its maritime territory and its Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ):
+ Coastal and deep sea scientific research and studies (hydrography, oceanography)
+ Fishing control
+ Surveillance of the Exclusive Economic Zone
+ Assistance and supplies to other boats
+ Helicopter winching operation
+ Towing of ships.
To carry out its missions, the ship will be equipped with high-performance technical and scientific means, in particular:
+ A deep water multibeam echosounder
+ A single beam depth-water sounder
+ Side scan sonar
+ A current meter
+ Means of sampling, storage and analysis of water, fish and sediment
+ Laboratory hardware and software
+ An 8 m hydrographic boat equipped for data surveys along the coasts in small and very shallow waters.
The vessel designed by OCEA offers excellent operational capabilities thanks to optimized seakeeping, controlled integration of scientific systems and reduced impact on the observed environment: noise, radiation, as has been confirmed by SHOM and Kongsberg on the OSV 190 SC-WB “KRI RIGEL 933” and “KRI SPICA 934” operated by the Indonesian Navy.
Characteristics of the ship:
+ Length overall – 60.10 m
+ Capacity- 50 persons
+ Speed- 14 knots
+ Endurance – 20 days
+ Autonomy – 4400 nm @ 12 kts