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Nautic Africa, a Paramount Maritime Holdings subsidiary, has announced the launch of its new flagship SENTINEL vessel, the second of the new enhanced class. This is a major milestone for the company and the wider African shipbuilding industry due to its successful completion despite the challenges presented by the COVID-19 lockdown enforced across the globe.

Following the successful completion of sea trials, the multi-purpose vessel is destined for the Gulf of Guinea where it will be utilised for International Oil Company (IOC) related assignments as well as escort patrols for larger vessels that have experienced an escalation of pirate attacks within 200 NM of the West African coastline.

Nautic Africa have also announced that larger naval versions (40m and 47m) of the vessel have been made available due to rising interest from navies. These will be offered globally to bolster military and fishing patrol operations across EEZ waters.

The 35m SENTINEL class vessel, wholly designed with class leading features and manufactured in Africa, sets a new benchmark in innovative protection. It is fully compliant to the standards of naval and Oil and Gas (O&G) industries and IOCs operating on the waters off the African continent and beyond.

Countering Regional Threats

With insecurity throughout the Gulf of Guinea steadily climbing, in large part due to the region’s diverse natural resources, transnational piracy, oil bunkering and terrorism continue to be a serious threat to the region’s stability.

With passenger, crew comfort and security as top priorities in its design and manufacture, this vessel has been optimised for peak coastal operation performance, mobility and protection. The 35m SENTINEL offers outstanding speed, with a range of 1150 nm cruising at 20 knots along with being capable of reaching a maximum speed of 28 knots, supported by three CAT C32 ACERT 1600 hp engines and fixed pitch propellers.

Further distinguishing this vessel from any others in the market is its exceptional ballistic protection (Wheelhouse STANAG KE Level II, Deck-house STANAG KE Level I), complete with a lifesaving ‘Super Shield’ composite wheelhouse structure and an internally clad main deck to a height of 2m. The highest levels of safety and ballistic support (such as protection from assault rifles with a typical calibre) are thus ensured for the full crew, security personnel and passengers on board.

The client is a licensed Nigerian company with a 100 per cent indigenous holding, with a product range tailored to meet specific and general requirements of major IOCs operating within Nigeria’s ‘Blue Economy’ such as Chevron, ENI, Exxon-Mobil, Shell, Total and Tullow.

Jack Richardson