• 2017 March 17 17:28

    Homeland orders additional FCS 3307 Patrol vessel for operations off the coast of Nigeria

    Just over a year after it took delivery of the second of two FCS 3307 Patrol vessels, Homeland Integrated Offshore Services Limited (Homeland) of Nigeria has ordered one more of the same class with an option on a second, to be named Guardian 3 and Guardian 4.

    Like their two predecessors, the two vessels are being supplied as a turnkey solution. The DAMEN Group is taking care of delivery and crew training, as well as the design and build. Damen’s Local Service Hub in Port Harcourt, Nigeria, will ensure that maintenance, repairs and any additional support is handled by DAMEN engineers.

    Homeland supports international oil companies working in Nigeria’s offshore oil and gas fields by providing engineering, procurement, construction, installation and security services. Like the first two vessels, the primary mission of the two new Guardians will be carrying out security patrols for the production companies, as well as occasional transfers of crew and supplies. The 33-metre vessels will be fully compliant with the technical requirements of the production companies, and even exceeding them in the case of the top speed which at 30 knots is five knots faster than the specification. 18 bunks will be fitted for crew and security personnel, who can remain on board for up to four weeks. The wheelhouse is bullet-proof and additional equipment includes 15 seats for crew transfers, thermal imaging, a diesel powered SOLAS Fast Rescue Craft and an additional fuel separator to protect the engines and generators from contaminated fuel.

    An integral part of the contract is the total care solution that DAMEN is providing to Homeland. The DAMEN Service Hub in Port Harcourt has now been operating for two years and is manned by a technical manager and several specialist engineers, ready to render assistance and undertake a wide range of maintenance and repair tasks in order to minimize downtime. This level of local support is a service that very few other shipyards can offer. For maximum convenience the vessels will be delivered on their own keel by DAMEN crews from Singapore to Nigeria and following handover the Homeland crew will each be given a week’s training before beginning operations.

    Homeland Managing Director Louis Ekere commented; “Both us and our clients have been delighted with the performance of our first two FCS 3307 Patrol vessels. They remain the most capable craft of their type operating off the coast of Nigeria and we already have charter contracts lined up for both of them. Having the support of the DAMEN Local Service Hub gives us the utmost confidence that they will consistently operate at full capacity and capability.”

    Already under construction as part of Damen’s build-for-stock policy, the Guardian 3 is almost complete except for some additional items and Guardian 4 will be ready within a few months, for delivery in the second quarter of 2017.

    Damen Shipyards Group
    Damen Shipyards Group operates 33 shipbuilding and repair yards, employing 9,000 people worldwide. DAMEN has delivered more than 6,000 vessels in more than 100 countries and delivers some 180 vessels annually to customers worldwide. Based on its unique, standardised ship-design concept DAMEN is able to guarantee consistent quality.

    Damen’s focus on standardisation, modular construction and keeping vessels in stock leads to short delivery times, low ‘total cost of ownership’, high resale values and reliable performance. Furthermore, DAMEN vessels are based on thorough R&D and proven technology.

    Damen offers a wide range of products, including tugs, workboats, naval and patrol vessels, high speed craft, cargo vessels, dredgers, vessels for the offshore industry, ferries, pontoons and superyachts.

    For nearly all vessel types DAMEN offers a broad range of services, including maintenance, spare parts delivery, training and the transfer of (shipbuilding) know-how. DAMEN also offers a variety of marine components, such as nozzles, rudders, anchors, anchor chains and steel works.

    In addition to ship design and shipbuilding, DAMEN Shiprepair & Conversion has a worldwide network of 16 repair and conversion yards with dry docks ranging up to 420 x 80 metres. Conversion projects range from adapting vessels to today’s requirements and regulations to the complete conversion of large offshore structures. DSC completes around 1,500 repair and maintenance jobs annually.




2017 May 30

10:09 Fincantieri signs cooperation agreement for the development of natural gas power systems
09:52 RF Government approves decision on investment quotas
09:35 Сombat capabilities of RF Navy’s submarines and surface ships to be increased through modernisation
09:21 MOL confirms 2% in average CO2 reduction with windshield installed on bow of containership

2017 May 29

18:39 Port Corpus Christi receives the largest vessel to call on a Gulf of Mexico port
18:06 Deltamarin container vessel design to be built in China
17:49 The course of the Port Railway Line will be altered in the port of Rotterdam
17:26 Ulstein awarded contract by China Merchant Group 1 + 9
17:06 Konecranes receives order from HHLA for 25 AGVs with lithium-ion battery drives
16:47 Marseille Fos to cut port dues for eco-friendly ships
16:42 Krylov State Research Center hosted the conference devoted to innovations and effectiveness in naval shipbuilding
16:18 Passenger Port of Saint Petersburg welcomed 9 cruise ships last week
15:55 Cruise ship Thomson Celebration made its inaugural call to Passenger Port of Saint Petersburg
15:29 Transneft Volga Region to export 40 million tons of oil a year through Novorossiysk port
14:46 Average wholesale prices for М-100 HFO up to RUB 10,021 in RF spot market
14:23 FESCO starts regular rail transportation of export cargo to the ports of St. Petersburg
13:58 French Maritime Academy representatives visit WMU
13:30 ABS Nautical Systems simplifies MRV compliance
13:01 Wärtsilä introduces dedicated organisation to drive digital transformation
12:59 DNV GL to launch the LNG Fuel Finder
12:27 Russian oceanographic research vessel Admiral Vladimirsky is escorting the sailing ship Nadezhda in the Gulf of Aden
12:02 Members of the European Parliament assess Lithuania’s Rail Baltica progress
11:36 Gondán announces delivery of first European-built dual-fuel tug
10:54 Rosmorport appoints Elena Bulanova as Acting Director of its Vanino Branch (photo)
10:28 Satcom Global completes rapid rollout of Aura VSAT across Parakou fleet
10:01 Brent Crude futures price down 0.25% to $52.38, Light Sweet Crude – down 0.28% to $49.66
09:40 Cruise liner Knyaz’ Vladimir set sail for test voyage (photo)
09:15 Baltic Dry Index down to 912 points

2017 May 28

08:59 Carnival Corporation to offer Alipay payment services onboard its fleet in Asia
05:57 Majestic Princess begins journey to China along the Silk Road sea route

2017 May 27

15:56 US Commission meets to discuss regulatory reform initiative & ocean carrier alliances
15:54 Seaspan accepts delivery of 14000 TEU SAVER Containership
07:48 DNV GL releases the new issue of MARITIME IMPACT magazine
07:45 Yilport starts investments in Ecuador’s Puerto Bolívar container terminal by installing two mobile harbor cranes

2017 May 26

18:07 OOCL enhances Intra-Asia service network by launching the ITS and VJS products
17:48 Biofouling was on the agenda at the latest in a series of IMO workshops
17:40 Wärtsilä’s hybrid system increases offshore supply vessel’s engine efficiency
17:24 IMO treaty supporting free flow of international maritime traffic is the subject of a regional seminar in Bangkok
16:52 JSC “Latvijas kuģniecība” posts net profit of USD 0.16 mln in Q1 2017
16:00 Shanghai Maritime Court representatives visit WMU
15:33 Europort Masterclasses shape industry thinking
15:09 Press-conference devoted to new cruise opportunities held onboard Princess Anastasia in St. Petersburg
14:45 Passenger Port of St. Petersburg hosted business meeting with Royal Caribbean Cruises and Arctur Travel
14:11 Passenger Port of St. Petersburg BoD held regular meeting on 24 May 2017
13:36 Hydrographic boat of Project К 1100 Meridian launched at the port of Kaliningrad (photo)
12:58 MOL launches R & D on autonomous ocean transport system
12:27 Pacific Regional Search and Rescue workshop held in Auckland, New Zealand on 22-26 May
12:10 London will host 8th Maritime Salvage & Casualty Response on 13-14 September 2017
11:39 IMO Secretary-General Kitack Lim spoke at the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) in Lisbon
11:04 Diana Shipping announces time charter contracts for m/v Astarte with Glencore and m/v Erato with Phaethon
10:43 Training with all-arms forces of RF Navy's Northern Fleet started in the Barents Sea
10:25 Brent Crude futures price down 0.60% to $51.13, Light Sweet Crude – down 0.78% to $48.52
10:06 Jacksonville harbor deepening awarded $17.5M in federal funding for construction
09:48 Indicative bunker prices continue going up at the port of Saint-Petersburg, Russia (graph)
09:31 Navios Maritime Partners acquires five 4,250 TEU container vessels from Rickmers Maritime
09:14 Baltic Dry Index down to 918 points
08:06 BPA attracts SM Line to bolster cargo volume at Busan Port
06:26 NYK bulk carrier rescues fishermen off the coast of Peru

2017 May 25

18:30 Rostov Port Group partners with Donskoy Krepezh to acquire 80% of interest in construction company PROSPEKT
17:06 Panama Canal sets new record for largest-capacity vessel