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Damen delivers four patrol vessels for Bonny LNG terminal

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Damen has released a statement claiming that C&I Leasing Plc has taken delivery of four Damen Spa 1605 ballistic protected security vessels. The vessels will provide security patrol and escort services for LNG tankers calling in and out of the Nigeria LNG (NLNG) Bonny terminal.

The patrol boats are 16 m long, and have aluminium hulls and GRP composite superstructures. They also feature upgraded water jets and engines for optimal performance. Personnel will be protected by bullet-proof materials incorporated into the accommodation design.

A Damen service hub will provide after sales support and deliver on-site training and spare parts. The hub was opened in Port Harcourt in early 2015.

Martin Verstraaten, Damen Regional Service Manager Africa, said: “The establishment of the service hub ensures a local presence with quick response times with field service engineers and a local site manager on the ground. This dynamic team maintains close contact with local repair facilities, cooperation with local suppliers and reinforces the strong relationship with our customers.”

While receiving the vessels in Lagos, Wisdom Nwagwu, the General Manager of C&I Leasing, said that the NLNG contract was for a five-year firm period, with the option for a one-year extension and a cumulative option to a maximum of three years. The contract was originally signed in late 2014.

Discussing the partnership with Damen, Nwagwu added that the company’s fleet will have a total of seven Damen-built ships. He said: “We strongly believe that our partnership with Damen will continually place us in a position to play a key role in the Nigerian marine sector.”

All four vessels were fitted out at Damen Shipyards Gorinchem, and delivered to Nigeria together. The package included an 8 m RHIB for up to 10 passengers.

Edited from press release by David Rowlands

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