The Maritime Guard Command have since September 2012, taken delivery of a total of 25 patrol boats for maritime security and inshore counterpiracy patrols. Of this number, 13 units are ARESA armoured patrol boats while 12 units are conventional patrol boats. An additional three units of armoured patrol boats are expected to be delivered over the course of the next few weeks.

Here are photographs of some Aresa(Spain) armoured patrol boats inducted into service by the Maritime Guard Command.


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  1. eniola says:

    Wat happend to d opv dat were meant to b delivered since last year… General beeg, any news about dis opv?

  2. originalpato says:

    What’s the purpose of this Maritime Guard Command? Inshore patrol? Coast Guard?

  3. beegeagle says:

    @Eniola. Three Offshore Support Vessels(OSVs) are supposed to come into service, maybe later this year. They are supposed to be deployed for the monitoring of offshore oil loading operations. Those would not be OPVs but would be heavy enough to withstand significantly rough seas and would be ‘hollowed out’ to carry RHIBs/interceptors and almost certainly possess a deck area which is dedicated to helicopter landings and takeoffs. I expect to see 50-60m clutter-free (very scanty superstructure) platforms with a displacement of 1,000 tons.

    The platforms would be owned and maintained by NIMASA but operated by the Nigerian Navy, either directly or under the auspices of the Maritime Guard Command. The Nigerian Navy Air Arm already operate an Agusta AW139 for the MGC but that is unlikely to be used for shipborne operations. So I expect that the MGC might be getting new helicopters in a bit. Perhaps the Bell Jet Ranger types.

    @OriginalPato. It is a quasi-Coast Guard under NIMASA, an organ of the Ministry of Transport, but the Maritime Guard Command is jointly staffed by NN personnel and is commanded by a Navy Captain. They are the enforcement arm of NIMASA who regulate operations within the maritime sector.

  4. beegeagle says:

    Aresa 1800 CPV Fighter deployed by the the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (Picutre: Aresa)

    Nigeria Federal Government to acquire
    additional Armoured Patrol Boats

    Nigeria will procure additional patrol boats in the next few months, as part of an effort to fight the increasing piracy in the Gulf of Guinea. State owned company Messrs Global West Vessels Specialist Limited already received a contract to provide up to 20 armoured patrol boats to the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA).

    With an overall length of 17.30 meters, this multi-mission vessel is suitable for border patrol missions interception , coastal patrol, counter terrorism, anti piracy, fire fighting and private security. This model is listed as a defence and surveillance vessel.

    The entire structure is reinforced with the latest technology, high performance and lightweight materials, protecting the crew from external attacks without loss of speed or detriment to acceleration performance.

    This version of the Aresa 1800 CPV Fighter, has two 1000 HP inboard engines with a total power of 2000 HP that enables it to reach a top speed of 40 knots. It also has a long range of 500 nautical miles at a cruising speed of 25 knots.

  5. eniola says:

    Tanks 4 d insight general beeg.
    Hope dey com in soon….d bayelsa waters z becoming a heaven for criminals. I tink we nid large vessels stationd deep in d sea there at all hours

  6. beegeagle says:

    I think we are reaching saturation point as far as inshore patrol boats and interceptors in the 8metre, 10metre, 12metre, 13metre, 15metre, 17metre and 18metre category are concerned. By my estimation, the NA Amphibious Forces and the NN own over 400 units of those – Passport 19, RBS Defender, Stingray, Scorpion Mk.II, Modant Marine, Majesty 50, Aryan 1300, Armacraft, SWICK boats, NC27 Night Cat, Jedi and RHIBs(8m and 11m)

    NIMASA, Marine Police, Inland Waterways and Customs probably own a combined total of another 200 units.

    So even the naval brasshats have been calling for larger platforms. The FOCWEST for instance, requested that the NPA keep their interventions limited to ships in the over 32 metre category. The NN are building another Made-in-Nigeria 31 metre patrol craft while the NPA are getting a 32 metre OCEA FPB 98 Mk.II patrol craft for them. Ditto two 17 metre interceptors made by KND.

    The Customs which own 60 patrol boats also have two 24 metre patrol craft on order.

    Outside of these pending deliveries, I do not see either the NN or MGC doing anything other than the expected and splashing out on bigger platforms, new and used alike. Watch this space.

    • ifiok umoeka says:

      Thanks 4 d update sir, but jet rangers are a no no for an offshore aerial asset. They just can’t sustain the heavy battering of the ocean

  7. ifiok umoeka says:

    With the piracy rate in our near behind overtaking somalia, then we need bigger platforms to go deeper into the sea on one hand and more fix wing maritime surveillance assets

  8. ifiok umoeka says:

    We sure don’t need another nato, G8/G20/BRICs naval task force anchored off our coast.

  9. Yagazie says:

    Oga Ifiok, unfortunately that is exactly what is going to happen unless our govt gets serious and provides the navy with the platforms necessary to effectively patrol our EEZ and coastline. Nigeria is the only country in the world where large scale oil theft /bunkering goes on virtually unchallenged. It’s simply because some politically connected big-wigs are involved which is why the Govt is simply paying lip service (in my view) to dealing with this problem.

    It took the threat of the US Govt (which issued a 90 day ultimatum- which expires in August 2013) to ban US vessels from entering Nigerian Ports of banning vessels which had docked at our Ports from subsequently entering the US, for our Govt to get serious about Port Security and begin to take steps to address the security lapses at our major Ports. What a shame!!

    My take is that we do not have the ‘political will’ to deal with this problem- so other navies will step in to do the job for us.

  10. ifiok umoeka says:

    May ur prayer not work in Jesus name amen. Lol. Na so u dey vex. Abeg FGN, get our boys and girls the tools they need to do their work. If they Intl Navy anchors in the coast of west Africa, one way or another, the thiefing go stop!

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