Cat Flash 4

20 metre Cat Flash catamarans sailing in an estuary in the Niger Delta


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  1. beegeagle says:

    CAT FLASH catamarans are 20 metre craft, which are used to move oil workers to offshore platforms under military escort in the volatile Niger Delta. They carry 40 passengers and have a crew of 3

  2. giles says:

    pls oga beeg,and information regarding d boats specification . And i think it’s time we look inward for atleast 50 percent for our military needs

  3. demola says:

    Wow, I just googled West Atlantic Shipyard. They have the largest floatiog drydock in africa.

  4. Henry says:

    Beeg, do they have military variants? One thing people do not realise is, port-harcourt has quite a significant vessel building industry.

    • beegeagle says:

      Not to my knowledge, Henro. Obviously, it would only take minor adjustments for the Cat Flash catamaran to be transformed into a combat catamaran.

      Yes, there are about 13 shipbuilding/boatbuilding and repair concerns in Nigeria. Most of those are wholly Nigerian-owned. They are clustered around Lagos and more importantly the Niger Delta where they repair vessels and fabricate vessels, boats and barges for the shipping and oil sectors.

      The Nigerian Navy do not only have a dockyard at Wilmot Point in Lagos, they also have a shipyard at Port Harcourt which has fabricated a few vessels for oil sector operators and even constructed a ferry, the MV Sauka Lafiya.

  5. Solorex says:

    Catamarans are a new entry into military naval sector, they have the advantage of speed and smooth ride,larger deck space (for bigger ships),better stability but the mild disadvantage of not been self resetting/righting like mono-haul structures, slow turning speed(makes them easier target-a very important disadvantage to small FACs) and complicated sailing control systems at high speed. The technology had really not been fully embraced by leading naval powers on large scale except the Chinese(Houbei class missile crafts). Major application still remains passenger conveyance and military research.

    The immediate future of catamarans in Nigerian military can be said to be limited to troop and equipment conveyance in non hostile condition.

  6. ifiok umoeka says:

    Check out the Norwegian skjold before u right off the catamaran design. They are quasi ground effect boats equipped with water jets and that gives them a sharp turning ability. Boy, these ladies do pack a punch

    • Solorex says:

      The catamaran design have their own great advantages,but the disadvantages especially for larger craft cannot also be forgotten. The skjold design is an hybrid, fusion of an hoover craft with a Catamaran. It actually acts more like an hoover craft when in motion, the twin submerged haul structure allows probably for smoother rides,stability and buoyancy when stationary.

      • Solorex says:

        Also, the speed and stability of the hybrid design ( especially when it carries missiles and good radars) is of far great importance than perceivable apparent sailing disability-which is really meaningless for small crafts like the Norwegian ones. The Skjold design is believed to be one of he fastest FAC in its class and carries good punch like Oga ifiok said.

  7. ifiok umoeka says:

    The israeli super Dvora mk III uses the same trust vectoring principle. On the other hand, I thought we were talking about a 20m boat. The skjold is actually bigger and is classed more as a corvette rather than the FACM it is because of her sea faring ability

  8. ifiok umoeka says:

    I think that the future belongs to multi hull vessels as we get better in computer aided by – wire and optics control as well as trust vectoring. Though trimarans seem more adaptable and promising

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