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Damen Shipyards Cape Town (DSCT) has launched the first of three Multi‑Mission Inshore Patrol Vessels (MMIPV) procured by ARMSCOR for the South African Navy (SAN). These will augment South Africa’s maritime security by enhancing the country’s capability to respond effectively, rapidly and cost-effectively to threats such as illegal trafficking and fishing.

The vessel was transported from the DSCT shipyard on the evening of 23 March 2021 to the Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) synchrolift at the Victoria & Alfred (V&A) Waterfront Basin. The move was conducted by Mammoet South Africa, using 48 axle lines of Self‑Propelled Mobile Transporters (SPMTs) to provide precision movement.  Once the vessel was raised onto the synchrolift, the team waited for high tide to come in before moving it out of the V&A Basin via TNPA tugs towards the Elliot Bason. Testing of the ship’s systems will commence before it is delivered before the end of the year.

The MMIPVs are built according to the patented Damen Axe Bow design, which ensures low resistance and high sustained speed in waves and superior sea keeping characteristics in the toughest conditions. As vertical accelerations are reduced significantly and bow slamming almost eliminated, the safety of the vessel and crew increases considerably, reducing operational risks.  The multi mission deck is used for supporting diving, search and rescue and anti-piracy operations.

Jack Richardson