French shipbuilder, Piriou Group has started the construction of the first of the three OPV 58 S offshore patrol vessels ordered by the Senegalese Navy.
The milestone was marked by a first cutting ceremony on Oct. 21 at Piriou’s shipyard in Concarneau, France. The ceremony was attended by General Birame DIOP, Chief of General Staff of the Armed Forces of Senegal and Admiral Oumar WADE, Chief of Staff of the Navy of Senegal.
The contract for the three OPVs was signed in November 2019 by the Ministry of Armed Forces of Senegal and the PIRIOU group, in the presence of the President of the Republic of Senegal and the French ministerial delegation.
The building programme of these three patrol vessels is carried out with the support and expertise of PIRIOU’s subsidiary KERSHIP and will spread over a period of 44 months up to summer 2024. It also provides for a support period of several years in Senegal.
“This contract is the fruit of four years of joint work between the teams of PIRIOU and the Staff of the Navy of Senegal, which allowed us to design new generation patrol vessels perfectly answering the requirements of the Senegalese Navy. I thank the Senegalese government for their confidence, which obviously honours us, but above all obliges us. They can count on our total commitment.” said Vincent Faujour, PIRIOU GROUP CEO.
“This project is also a real success for the ‘Pass Export’, an initiative of the French Ministry of Economy and Finance of which PIRIOU was the first signatory on February 23rd 2018. This system promotes and accelerates our ability to offer export financing and guarantees,” he added.
The OPV 58 S (Offshore Patrol Vessel) is a robust 62 m patrol vessel with outstanding versatility and high endurance. The OPV 58 S is dedicated to missions such as surveillance, identification and intervention, and perfectly answers the range of missions related to law enforcement. In addition to her deployment ability – intervention RHIBs – she possesses a first rank deterrence capacity thanks to her anti-surface and anti-aircraft weapon systems.
Among innovations and major capacities, the vessel features:
• A versatile design to adapt to various missions
• A large panoramic bridge with 360° visibility
• A fast launching and recovery system for 2 RHIBs on stern ramp
• A C-Sharp® hull for optimized autonomy and seakeeping
• A high-performance monitoring and combat system
The OPV 58 S will be equipped with MARTE MK2/N anti-ship missiles. With the ability to strike at ranges in excess of 30 kilometres and their fire-and-forget capability, these missiles will provide the means to the Senegalese Navy to enforce their maritime superiority. The vessels will also benefit from the SIMBAD-RC system and its MISTRAL missiles- this combination providing an extremely effective defence capability against all threats including anti-ship missiles, combat aircraft, UAVs, helicopters, as well as small surface threats such as those presented by FIACs. These missiles and missile systems are designed and produced by MBDA.
General characteristics of OPV 58 S
• Length overall 62.2 m
• Breadth 9.5 m
• Draught (approx.) 3 m
• Speed 21 kn
• Range 21 days, 4 500 NM @ à 12 kn
• Hull / superstructure steel / aluminium
• Accommodation 48 including 24 crew and 24 special personnel
• Intervention 2 RHIBs on stern ramps
• Containers capacity 2 x 20’