NIGERIAN PORTS AUTHORITY DONATE ONE 32 METRE OCEA FPB 98 MK.II PATROL CRAFT AND TWO 17 METRE BOATS TO THE NIGERIAN NAVY; CHRISTENED NNS DORINA(P101), NNS TORIE(P259) AND NNS EGEDE(P259)

Pictured in Saint Nazaire, France on August 30th 2013, this FPB 98 Mk.II patrol craft is the fourth OCEA boat constructed for the Nigerian Navy since 2012, including three other 24 metre FPB 72 Mk.II platforms which were commissioned into service in February 2013.

PHOTO CREDIT: SHIPSPOTTING

BUSINESS DAY
⁠March 26, 2014

Determined to reduce acts of illegality on the Nigerian waterways, the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) has handed over three patrol boats to the Nigerian Navy to enhance its capacity in safeguarding the nation’s waterways.

The three patrol boats, which include one 32-metre OCEA (P101) named NNS DORINA and two 17-metre MANTA boats (P258) named NNS TORIE and NNS EGEDE (P259), were built in South Africa at the cost of N3.2 billion ($20 million).

This move, industry close watchers say, has multiple effects on the economy as a secured waterway results to the reduction of insurance cost on freight, reduced freight charges that would lead to the stable prices of goods in the market.

Speaking at the presentation ceremony, Habib Abdullahi, managing director, NPA, said the presentation of the patrol boats to the Nigerian Navy was a demonstration of the authority’s collaborative efforts with relevant government agencies to secure both offshore and onshore water fronts. He noted that the unique operational features and capacities of the boats would afford the Navy ample opportunities to further their search and rescue operations as they safeguard the waterways.

The NPA boss noted that the main purpose of investing in the acquisition of the boats was to enhance the capacity of the Navy in discharging its surveillance duties on the nation’s territorial waters, urging the service to make adequate use of the platforms for the purpose for which they were acquired.

He also disclosed that the authority, in collaboration with the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), was perfecting plans to rehabilitate the Forward Operational Base (FOB) of the Navy located at Takwa Bay to further support the service in achieving its surveillance function on the waterways.

While receiving the boats, Samuel Alade, a Rear Admiral and Flag Officer Commanding of the Western Naval Command, who represented the Chief of Naval Staff, said the donation of the three boats was timely owing to the recurring incidents of pirate attacks on cargo ships, illegal oil bunkering and crude oil theft on Nigerian waters.

According to him, proper utilisation of the three boats would help to keep the Nigerian maritime domain safe for economic activities, adding, “Therefore, we assure the port community that the Navy is committed to putting the boats into good use.”

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6 Responses to NIGERIAN PORTS AUTHORITY DONATE ONE 32 METRE OCEA FPB 98 MK.II PATROL CRAFT AND TWO 17 METRE BOATS TO THE NIGERIAN NAVY; CHRISTENED NNS DORINA(P101), NNS TORIE(P259) AND NNS EGEDE(P259)

  1. Number one says:

    Oga Beegeagle,pls what’s the difference between the ocea fpb72 and the fpb 98

    • beegeagle says:

      Very similar capabilities. They both feature ramps at the rear on which RHIBs can be carried and lowered. On account of size, one can venture farther out to sea than the other.

      The FPB 98 Mk.II is a 32 metre craft while the FPB 72 Mk.II is a 24 metre craft.

  2. cutievik says:

    “He noted that the unique
    operational features and capacities of the boats
    would afford the Navy ample opportunities to
    further their search and rescue operations as
    they safeguard the waterways.
    …..Generalz wot unique features does d 32 METRE OCEA FPB 98 MK.II
    PATROL CRAFT AND TWO 17 METRE
    BOATS posses??

  3. beegeagle says:

    COMPARE..the OCEA FPB 72 Mk.II

    An OCEA FPB72 Mk.II patrol craft seen here undergoing trials in France, 2012. The Nigerian Navy commissioned three units of this vessel, alongside two additional units of Shaldag Fast Attack Craft in February, 2013.

    PHOTO CREDIT: SHIPSPOTTING

    (notice the RHIB on the aft deck which can be used for board-and-search action against suspected pirate and illegal bunkering ships by SBS commandos)

    P175, an OCEA 24 metre patrol craft constructed for the Nigerian Navy, slated for delivery any moment now

    P175, an OCEA 24 metre patrol craft constructed for the Nigerian Navy

    P176,another OCEA 24 metre patrol craft constructed for the Nigerian Navy, slated for delivery any moment now

    P176,another OCEA 24 metre patrol craft constructed for the Nigerian Navy

    Rear view of the OCEA patrol craft. Slated for delivery any moment now

    Rear view of the OCEA FPB 72 Mk.II patrol craft

  4. Number one says:

    The Andoni mkII (38m version) can be fitted with the C705 ashm (range 75km) and conv to a missile boat.

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