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Nigerian Navy takes delivery of Offshore Support Vessel from French Shipyard OCEA SA

The Nigerian Navy has taken delivery of a state-of- the art Offshore Survey Vessel (OSV) in its efforts toward optimizing the functionality of Nigeria’s Blue Economy.

Spokesman of the Navy, Commodore Aiwuyor Adams-Aliu, in a statement, said that “French shipbuilding company OCEA SA, successfully delivered the cutting-edge OSV 115 vessel to the Nigerian Navy in Apapa Lagos on 17
April 2024.

“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.”

According to the Navy, the primary role of the new vessel is “to conduct hydrographic and oceanographic surveys, supporting the ongoing Nigerian Navy efforts to safeguard Nigerian territorial waters and optimize the current administration’s Blue Economy initiatives. This latest addition to the Nigerian Navy fleet will operate in tandem with the OSV 190 “NNS LANA,” also built and delivered by OCEA in 2021.”

The Navy recalled that it commenced local production of internationally- recognized nautical charts in 2019. It is confident that the newly acquired OSV would further improve NN hydrographic charting proficiency.

It said that 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 Chief of the Naval Staff used the opportunity to express gratitude to President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, GCFR, for his unwavering support to the Nigerian Navy in her fleet renewal aspirations.




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