The 65 metre 1,020 ton ex-Irish Naval Force Offshore Patrol Vessel formerly known as “L.E Emer” and now rechristened M.V. Emer was sold to a Nigerian maritime security contractor.
30 July, 2014
A military vessel formerly belonging to a European country navy has been arrested along the Lagos waterways by naval personnel.
The vessel now known as MV EMER, according to Alade (Rear Admiral, Flag Officer Commanding Western Naval Command) was arrested because the owners did not get the navy’s approval before bringing in a decommissioned military ship.
He said, “We arrested the vessel last week because it was formerly a naval ship belonging to one of the European countries.”Given that it is was military vessel, the owners should have sought military approval before bringing it into our waters but they did not.”
ADDENDUM AND COMMENTS
In March 2013, Beegeagle’s Blog recommended the acquisition of this same ship as it emerged that it was on the cusp of being decommissioned. Post-refurbishment, I guess its real worth has become apparent. This ship was acquired by the private Nigerian firm for €320,000 ONLY. What were we thinking really? Only the Thunder class ships and NNS Aradu are larger than this. It is similar in size to the four 55 metre 1,041 ton Cat class multipurpose ships. Do we not know what it can do for us in deep sea patrols?
Please the FG should pay this proactive Nigerian entrepreneur US$2 million in lieu of compensation while a letter signed by the NSA should be handed to him asking him to transfer same for the pursuit of higher national security interests. Additionally, the NN should make the sum of US$500,000 available to the same guy. With that, he can purchase another used ship not exceeding 45 metres in length and a displacement of 300 tons.
That would be fair enough.
That has been the substance of unyielding speculation in the online Irish military community since Q4 2012 by persons quoting high-level confidential information obtained within the Irish military.
The “L.E Emer P21” is the lead ship of a triad of Emer class Offshore Patrol Vessels which also includes “L.E Aoife P22” and “L.E Aisling P23”
Around 2007, the Irish Navy commenced talks for the replacement of the Emer class OPVs in a deal worth €180m. They are to expected to be replaced by the 90 metre STX OPVs. Construction work on the first two units of the new OPVs commenced in November 2011 while the delivery of the first ship which shall replace the L.E Emer is slated for January 2014.
Watch this space for any possible developments along those lines. It is after all, procurement gossip which emanated from Ireland and not from Nigeria so it has little to do with the aspirational.
Speed 17 knots
Range 6,750 nautical miles@12 knots
Crew 46 (5 Officers)
Bofors 40mm L70 Canon
2 X 20mm Rheinmetall RH202 Canon