Is this Nigerian Navy or Tom Polo’s Maritime Security Contract Navy?
I seriously don’t understand our politicians…….the kind of decisions they make, that will come back and bite the whole country in the asss.
I don’t think our politicians know the security and political implications of allowing such platform in the hands of a private firm. So where is our NN?
No, Oga Are. Tompolo is Global West Vessel Specialists Ltd. They do not operate any vessels this large, they are contractes to support the Maritime Guard Command of NIMASA and they mostly use ARESA boats built in Spain.
There are numerous security/logistics contractors out there in the Niger Delta who supply these types of vessels, crewboats, houseboats etc for security use by the oil producing and servicing firms. These vessels are partly crewed by the military. That is what they meant by saying that the crew shall be working very closely with the NN.
For instance, naval or army amphibious personnel would typically man any HMGs on board this or smaller IPCs (river gunboats), providing escort services and protecting the oil workers as they transit from one production platform to the other which is when they typically fall prey to kidnappers/pirates/sea robbers.
As for the houseboats, those would be moored around production facilities and are, in a manner of speaking, floating military outposts in the inaccessible reaches of the Niger Delta, a wetlands region equal in size to Scotland+Belgium and crisscrossed by an impossible labyrinth of 3,014 creeks and waterways, an area within which security breaches are liable to occur at any time.
Of course, the maintenance and operating costs are borne by the contractors, freeing the military from that overhang.
There is a precursor to this development…
You might recall that another security contractor lately acquired the decommissioned 65 metre 1000+ ton OPV “L.E Emer” from the Irish Navy. Before then, a pair of ex-RAF 32 metre long range replenishment vessels were also acquired by another security contractor in the Niger Delta.
Thanks for the clarification.
We were once attacked working for an IOC on an oil field crew boat in 2006 by about 100 militants shooting from the shore we lost the boat captain and a colleague got a bullet in this the leg. The three naval ratings we had on board our boat did not do jack.
An armoured vessel of this kind with good positions for machine gun enlargements and the proper communication gear would have made the difference.
Once again thanks for the clarification and sorry for the false alarm.
BTW, the aft deck is quite large. A small chopper such as the Fennec or Bo-105 could fathomably take off from there?
However, like the Sea Eagle Mk.II and OCEA FPB 72 Mk.IIs of the Nigerian Navy, it are probably intended for handling RHIBs from which commandos can be launched for board and search operations.
Its even painted in the Navy’s Color so I guess its a PPP with the Navy for me all Security outfit need to have half of their crew with the Navy so if there is any Emergency the Navy can quickly turn this vessels into Hot Pursuit Vessels.
Impressive, not where a $450 Billion dollar oil rich economy should be but at least we are finally making progress. My question is why should financial allocation to ex Niger Delta militants be more than that allotted for National Defense? .
I am sure that some of my Ogas would not like this. I am not sure this is good news, it is actually mixed news; this calls for deep thinking! A private escort/ vessel replenishment company having the balls to buy this size of OPV and to place orders for 3 more units. Imagine the company won a $64m contract (just one of the several contract) to provide security/ transportation and vessel replenishment services in the oil sector! Lest us face the fact, these guys are cashing in on somebody‘s incapacity (won’t say incompetence!). $64m will build an extra FOB conveniently-without the platforms.
We are aware that this sort of arrangement does not persist in Middles east and South America- where a lot of offshore activities take place. I still can’t understand why the government cannot take a bold step- procure 20 OPV and 10maritime patrol craft over 3-5years(to hell with PPP- soon we will be doing PPP with Police-a retirement scheme for ex-armed robbers?), expand the navy- create a dedicated coast guard command under the navy and finish off piracy/bunkering once and for all! If Security contractors are buying several OPVs, then there is spare fund in the sector and there are people who wish to spend that fund on security! We have serious policy issues oh!
Retirement scheme 4 ex armed robbers, almost had a headache reeling from the laughter! My! That was a good one! However, truth be told, the real beneficiaries aren’t the ex militant But those who are ‘implementing’ the scheme! I’m sure u know that! Moreover, if the scrap it, where do the get the short fall of campaign funding?
one day one day this gravy train go end o!
Oga ifiok thank u joor. Exactly my point u just made!
On a positive note, our EEZ is gradually becoming staurated with legal vessels.
I wish for more !
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