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The newest two Damen Patrol vessels have arrived in Nigeria. They will join the Homeland Integrated Offshore Services squadron of Damen FCS 3307 Patrol vessels. These are deployed in the Gulf of Guinea to protect and support the offshore assets of Homeland’s clients which include many of the leading international oil companies.

Key features of the 33-metre vessels include Damen’s trademark Axe Bow hull form that delivers a top speed of 29 knots together with good manoeuvrability and seakeeping. The power comes from three Caterpillar main engines totalling 3,579 bkW with each driving a fixed pitch propeller via a Reintjes WVS series gearbox. Capable of accommodating up to six crew and twelve security personnel they can remain at sea for up to four weeks and travel 1,200 nm in and around Nigeria’s coastal and offshore oil fields.

The security packages installed by Damen on both vessels are purely defensive. The bridges are bullet proof and armoured citadels within the hulls protect non-combatants.

In addition to their security role, each Damen FCS 3307 Patrol has a 75 m² cargo deck aft rated at 2.5 tonnes/m² that allow to deliver equipment and spares to offshore installations without any impairment to their primary security role. Additional equipment specified by HIOSL includes thermal imaging sets, diesel powered SOLAS fast rescue craft and Fuel Trax fuel monitoring systems as well as redundant fuel oil separators to protect the engines and generators from contaminated fuel.

Dorothee Frank